Several dozen Iranian-Canadians gathered in Toronto Monday to show solidarity with those in Iran who are protesting their country’s government in the wake of the deadly downing of a passenger jet.
The protesters in Toronto want to see regime change in Iran and the installation of a democratic system.
Iran has said its forces accidentally shot down a Ukraine International Airlines flight bound for Kyiv last week, killing all 176 people on board.
The vast majority of passengers were en route to Canada.
Mourning over a U.S. drone strike that killed Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani on Jan. 3 turned to anger on the streets of Tehran after the country’s government on Saturday admitted responsibility for the jet crash.
Hamid Gharajeh, a spokesman for the Iran Democratic Association of Canada, says protesters here are dealing with mixture of profound sadness and overwhelming anger after the crash.
“We are trying to cope. It’s very sad times,” he said. “People are really fed up and they cannot stay quiet anymore.”
Protesters in Toronto marched around a growing makeshift memorial in the city’s north end that is home to a large Iranian expat population.