WATCH: Protesters Clash At North American ‘Prayer Vigil’ For ‘Hero Of Islam’ Qasem Soleimani

Written by K. Walker on January 6, 2020

The second-largest concentration of Iranians outside of Iran held a “prayer vigil” to mourn the death of a known terrorist.

The largest concentration of Iranians outside of Iran is in Los Angeles, the second-largest is in Toronto, Canada. There are so many Iranians in the Canadian city that it’s been given a charming little nickname — “Tehranto.”

Toronto, or “Tehranto” is as it’s been dubbed by many of the approximately 100,000 people of Iranian descent living in the city, is home to the second-highest concentration of Iranians outside Iran. Only Los Angeles has a larger Iranian community.

Unlike its counterpart south of the border, which saw some of its biggest influxes of Iranians during and in the lead-up to the Iranian Revolution of 1979, the Toronto Iranian community’s ties to its home country are arguably fresher — in large part because immigration to Canada has been a relatively smoother process than to the United States.

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Canada, for example, had an embassy in Iran up until 2012, unlike the United States, which severed diplomatic relations with the country in 1980.

Source: CBC News

Some of the Iranians in Canada are so broken up by the deaths of Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) General and Quds Force Leader, Qasem Soleimani, and Abu Mahdi Al-Muhandis, an Iraqi paramilitary chief that died in the same airstrike, that they decided to have a candlelight vigil for those “heroes of Islam.”

A Muslim youth organization, Mahdi Youth Society, which appears to be a pretty normal group from its other tweets, shared the information about the vigil. Once it was picked up by reporters, however, it was quickly deleted.

Below are screenshots of the content of the tweet:

The local news station brought on a Human Rights attorney of Iranian descent to talk about the death of Soleimani and what the feelings are within the Iranian community in Canada.

In another television appearance below, Kaveh Shahrooz says that Soleimani has been designated a terrorist by all democratic including Canada and the U.S. and he personally finds it disgusting that there is a prayer vigil for a known terrorist responsible for the deaths of thousands. He added that anyone who would attend such a vigil is an apologist for the Iranian regime.

The reaction was indeed mixed and came to a head when the candlelight vigil was met with protesters, some of whom were immigrants from Iran.

The couple of hundred mourners lit candles and were carrying enlarged photos of Soleimani and Al-Muhondis. One person held up a hand-written sign that read, “DJ Trump is the real terrorist.” The crowd shouted, “We want peace” along with “Down with USA and Israel” and the ever-present, “Allahu Akbar.”

The anti-Soleimani protesters carried a variety of flags — the Stars and Stripes, the UK flag, the Red Ensign, which was the flag of Canada before the Maple Leaf, and the pre-revolution flag of Iran. Some signs in the smaller crowed included, “Trump 2020” and “This is a vigil 4 terrorists and murderers.” There were even a couple of MAGA hats in the group.

The police had to keep the two groups apart as the conflict went from shouting to shoving.

Here is a local news report on the situation:

One Iranian counter-protestor, Nasser Pooli, was irate with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and mocked him for praying in a mosque. “We don’t need you to go to Iranian stores, Mr. Trudeau. Clean up this shit. Clean up your mess.” He also accused the pro-Iranian terrorist demonstrators of being paid to hold the vigil.

Source: The Post Millennial

One journalist for Rebel Media who was trying to question some of the attendees on both sides was told that he was not allowed to call Soleimani a terrorist or he would be arrested for “inciting a breach of the peace.”

Lovely.

Welcome to Canada, folks!

Oh, and what would a “prayer vigil” for an Iranian terrorist mastermind be without a Hezbollah flag and a good ol’ “down with USA” and “shame, shame USA” chants while accusing the United States of terrorism?

 

 

Look at all that “cultural enrichment” in the heart of downtown Toronto!

Great work, Canada, on winning over the hearts and minds of people fleeing an authoritarian regime that is the largest state sponsor of terror in the world. Well done.

ClashDaily's Associate Editor since August 2016. Self-described political junkie, anti-Third Wave Feminist, and a nightmare to the 'intersectional' crowd. Mrs. Walker has taken a stand against 'white privilege' education in public schools. She's also an amateur Playwright, former Drama teacher, and staunch defender of the Oxford comma. Follow her humble musings on Twitter: @TheMrsKnowItAll