Protesting Iran’s treatment of political prisoners, a group of Iranians held a one-hour candlelight vigil last Sunday at North York’s Mel Lastman Square.
The vigil, called on by Reza Pahlavi, son of former Shah of Iran, was created “to show support for all political prisoners in Iran,” according to Reza Pahlavi’s website.
“For too long people have suffered in silence in Iran’s prisons, hidden away by the current regime in abhorrent, unjust circumstances,” Pahlavi said on his official website. “We Demand the Freedom of the Iranian Political Prisoners.”
Twenty five cities took part of the global event organized and posted on Pahlavi’s Facebook page.
About 50 to 100 people gathered at Mel Lastman Square. Canadian cities involved in the event included Toronto, Ottawa, Vancouver and Montreal.
In Toronto, candles were placed on the ground forming the message “Free Prisoners”.
Richmond Hill MPP Reza Moridi attended the vigil, holding a candle while chanting with the crowd.
You can watch a YouTube video of part of the vigil by visiting the following link: