Party In The Streets: Iranian Canadians Gather In Celebration Of "Butcher Of Tehran's" Death

By Tommy Wilson | Wednesday, 22 May 2024 10:30 AM
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In a display of jubilation, Iranian Canadians and their allies assembled in North York's Mel Lastman Square on Monday, marking the demise of Ebrahim Raisi, the erstwhile President of Iran.

Raisi, along with several other officials of the Islamic regime, perished in a helicopter crash in the East Azerbaijan region on Sunday.

The gathering of Torontonians was marked by singing, dancing, and cheering, as they celebrated the end of a man infamously known as the "Butcher of Tehran." Raisi earned this moniker due to his ruthless suppression of political dissenters and those who dared to protest the Iranian government's harsh treatment of its citizens.

The square was awash with Israeli flags and pre-revolution Iranian flags, as attendees danced in unison to the rhythm of Israeli and Persian music. One participant's sign poignantly read, "For all the lives brutally torn away from us, rest in hell Raisi."

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Salman Sima, the event's organizer, led the crowd in a chant of "Helicopter!" Sima, a former political prisoner, stated, "Under the brutal regime in Iran, Iran is not feeling well. Raisi rest in hell." He then proceeded to call out "Supreme Loser" Ali Khamenei. The crowd echoed his sentiments, chanting, "Iran is not feeling well, Khamenei, go to hell!"

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The assembly also voiced their demand for Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to designate the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps as a terrorist organization.

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News of Raisi's helicopter crash first surfaced on Sunday. A search party was dispatched, and by Monday morning, confirmation of the president's death was received. The crash also claimed the lives of the pilot and co-pilot, Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, the Islamic Republic's representative to the East Azerbaijan province Seyyed Mohammad Ali Ale-Hashem, and the province's governor Malek Rahmati.

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Upon the announcement of Raisi's death, Iranians from Tehran and his hometown of Mashhad reportedly took to the streets in celebration. Iranian officials and state-run media called for public prayer gatherings. Social media was abuzz with videos of both supporters and critics acknowledging Raisi's death in their unique ways.

While many Western nations extended their "official condolences" to Iran, the United States underscored its support for the Iranian people and their struggle for human rights and fundamental freedoms.

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