NCRI – Iranians in Canada have held protests over the weekend denouncing human rights violations in Iran and urging the Canadian government to base any improvement in its ties to the Iranian regime on a halt to executions in Iran.
Protests were held on Saturday in Ottawa and Toronto and on Sunday in Montreal by supporters of the main Iranian opposition People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI or MEK).
Protesters condemned the recent wave of executions in Iran.
They held up banners in English and Persian reading: “Political prisoners must be freed,” “No to torture and execution,” and “Stop torture and executions in Iran.”
Other banners read “Down with Khamenei,” referring to Ali Khamenei, Supreme Leader of the mullahs’ regime.
The protesters in Ottawa also held a banner which highlighted the role of the Iranian regime’s President Hassan Rouhani in the torture and executions taking place in Iran.
It read: “Rouhani is complicit in more than three decades of killing, torture and execution in the Iranian clerical regime. His record: More than 2300 executions during his presidency.”
The protesters in Montreal in particular called for international solidarity with Iran’s imprisoned teachers and trade union activists.
The PMOI (MEK) supporters in both rallies also commemorated the 41st anniversary of the martyrdom of the PMOI’s original founders by the Shah’s regime which will take place on Tuesday.