Human chain in downtown Montreal in tribute to the Iranian victims

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Human chain in downtown Montreal in tribute to Iranian victims

Hundreds of people formed a human chain Tuesday on Sherbrooke Street in Montreal to denounce the repression of Iranians who demonstrate against the regime following the death of Mahsa Amini.

Hundreds of people formed a human chain Tuesday in downtown Montreal to denounce the Iranian regime and pay tribute to the victims of the crackdown on protests that followed the death of Mahsa Amini. Protesters gathered along Sherbrooke Street near McGill University.

Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old Kurdish girl, died last week in Tehran after her arrested on September 13 by the vice squad for not wearing her hijab properly.

After his death, thousands of Iranians took to the streets to denounce the regime. According to Iranian state media, at least 41 people were killed during these protests.

We want to remember all those who were killed by this brutal regime, said said Banafsheh Cheraghi, one of the organizers of the human chain.

Many participants held up photos of victims of repression in Iran.

Several participants in the human chain carried posters with the photo of a victim of repression in Iran.

Everyone is truly united in this endeavor,” Ms. Cheraghi added. We all share this sentiment.

The Montreal Human Chain is one of many events held across the country and around the world to support the Iranian people. On Sunday, thousands gathered in Vancouver and marched downtown to demand that Iran stop forcing women to wear the hijab and for the abolition of the death penalty. A march also took place in Ottawa.

In Iran, protests against the regime continue. The authorities used live ammunition against demonstrators and reinforced the security forces in the Kurdish regions of the west of the country.

It all started with Mahsa Amini, underlined Ms. Cheraghi.

The President of the Iranian Students Association of Concordia University, Shayan Asgharian, also helped organize the march. It is important to show our solidarity and carry the voices that are now cut off in Iran, he noted.

On Monday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that Canada will impose sanctions against a dozen Iranian individuals and entities – including the vice squad. To the women in Iran who are protesting and to those who support them: we are with you, said Mr. Trudeau.

“We let's join our voices – the voices of all Canadians – to the millions around the world who demand that the Iranian government listen to its people, end its crackdown on freedom and rights, and let women and all Iranian people live their lives and to express themselves peacefully. »

— Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada

Ms. Cheraghi, however, expressed concern that the sanctions would hit the people of Iran more than their leaders.

For his part, Mr. Asgharian said that Canada should expel from its territory all Iranians linked to the regime.

It is heartening to see people from outside my country, people who are not part of my people, to share this pain and understand the need to stand together and demand change, exclaimed Parichehr Peyvandy, an Iranian woman who participated in the human chain of Montreal.

Ms. Peyvandy said that she had already been arrested on the same grounds as Mahsa Amini. She believes she too could have died.

It would be crazy to do nothing and remain silent [because] silence brings no change, Ms Peyvandy added.

With information from CBC's Kwabena Oduro

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