A group of protesters, including members of Canada’s Iranian and Cuban communities, rallied outside Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau’s constituency office in Montreal on September 11, calling on Canadians to join in condemning communism and terrorism.
“We are here against communist and terrorist regimes, such as the Chinese Communist Party, such as the regime of Fidel Castro and the Islamic regimes that occupy my beautiful homeland, Iran,” said Salman Sima, an Iranian refugee who came to Canada in 2011. during the rally.
The event, at which demonstrators carried signs reading “No More Communism” and “Dictatorship is Killing the Cuban People”, called on Canadians to unite against terrorist and communist regimes around the world. The date of the rally was chosen to coincide with the 9/11 attacks in the US by the militant Islamic terrorist group Al-Qaeda.
Seema, jailed by Iranian officials in November 2009 for organizing protests after the controversial June 2009 election, said independent countries such as Canada must act against tyrannical regimes or risk them.
“We saw how Islamic regimes, we saw how communist regimes work in our countries. We don’t like to see that movie, that horror movie we saw in our beautiful homeland – we won’t see them again in Canada Want to see,” Seema told NTD Television, sister media of The Epoch Times.
Organizers also called on the Canadian government to impose Magnitsky sanctions on human rights violators.
Cuban rights activist Eugenio Landiro Reyes, who took part in the rally, said he was in solidarity with other dictatorial regime protesters because “we need to get those systems off the earth.”
“We need to get those systems off the earth because they’re not helping. They’re not [helping] To bring countries on the right track – for development, for happiness, for living our life in peace.”
Landiro Reyes called for an end to communist rule in Cuba, and supported the Canadian and Canadian government’s call for Cuban independence.
In July, thousands of Cubans took to the streets in several cities, including the capital Havana, to protest human rights abuses, lack of freedom and the deteriorating economic situation in the communist-ruled country led by Miguel Diaz Canale.
The demonstrations came amid reports of gas, electricity and vaccine shortages in the Caribbean island nation. Videos uploaded to social media showed protesters raising slogans of “down with the dictatorship,” “freedom,” and “motherland and life.”
In response to the demonstrations, Diaz-Canel ordered his security forces to disperse the protesters.
Canada must do more to fight terrorism, corrupt systems: Activists
Activists at the rally called on the Canadian government to take concrete steps to address threats from terrorist groups and authoritarian regimes.
Sima Called On the government to designate the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) a terrorist entity in Canada. The IRGC was responsible for the shooting down of Ukrainian International Airlines Flight 752 in January 2020, killing 176 people, including 57 Canadians.
Avideh Rafaela Motmenfer, President of the Iranian Canadian Council, demanded Justice for the victims of Flight PS752 and sanctions on officials within the Iranian regime as well as the immediate listing of the IRGC as a terrorist entity.
Seema called on liberal leader Justin Trudeau to take a softer stance on communist and dictatorial regimes, citing his praise for China’s “basic dictatorship” and Trudeau’s comments about his controversial handshake with Iran’s Foreign Minister Javad Zarif. criticized, while Iran refused to cooperate with the investigation. Downing of flight PS752.
Seema said the government should do more for Canadian citizens Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor, who have been arbitrarily detained in China since December 2018.
“You need to hold the Chinese regime accountable for holding Canadians hostage… You need to stand up for Cuba, you need to stand up for the Iranians, and you need to stand up for the Canadians,” he said. needs to be.”
Jack Phillips and Andrew Chen. with reporting by
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