Resistance in Iran welcomes Soleimani’s death

Montrealers, Torontonians march in solidarity with Iran even though entity Soleimani led, Quds Force, considered terrorist organization by Canada, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, and U.S.

Many Iranians chanted “Death to America” after U.S. President Donald Trump ordered a drone strike that killed a top Iranian general but some welcomed his death.

After the U.S. drone strike in Baghdad airport killed IRGC’s Quds Force commander Qassem Soleimani, the National Council of Resistance (NCRI) posted banners vowing to overthrow the Iranian government.

The posters, carrying pictures and messages of Maryam Rajavi, president-elect of the NCRI and Massoud Rajavi, the Leader of the Iranian Resistance, were put up in Tehran and other cities, including Mashhad, Tabriz, Karaj, Hamedan and Khorassan Razavi Province.

The banners read: “Soleimani’s elimination expedites regime’s overthrow,” “The Iranian people and Resistance have pledged to overthrow this regime,” “Iran will be free through the uprising and Resistance units.”

Elimination of Soleimani, responsible for murder of hundreds of thousands of people in the region, a crushing blow to the mullahs’ regime reads the poster /Ahvaz – Maryam Rajavi

The NCRI resistance, formed in Tehran in 1981 and aims to end religious dictatorship and promote a free and democratic Iran.

The entity Soleimani led, the Quds Force, is considered a terrorist organization by Public Safety Canada, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, and the U.S.

Qasem Soleimani reading the Quran. (Photo by khamenei.ir – //farsi.khamenei.ir/photo-album?id=35395, CC BY 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=54961321)

In Canada, about 100 people participated in a demonstration Sunday in Montreal against the U.S. assassination of Soleimani. They carried signs with pictures of Soleimani. Other signs carried by protestors had anti-U.S. slogans.

There was also a candlelight vigil in Toronto for Soleimani.

Qassem Soliemani, commander of the Iranian regime’s Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) Quds Force was killed at about 1 a.m. local time in Baghdad, Iraq on Friday, Jan. 3. U.S. forces carried out a drone airstrike that targeted two vehicles. Soliemani and Abu Mahdi al-Mohandes, deputy chief of Iraq’s Tehran-backed Hashd al-Shaabi (PMF) were killed along with 10 companions and bodyguards.

-Photo: Maraym Rajavi “Soleimani’s elimination expedites regime’s overthrow” – Tehran

Updated Jan. 7, 2020, 5:45 a.m.

George Brownwell / Alberta Press

-george@albertapressleader.ca

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