Over 50K People Demonstrate Against The Iranian Regime in Richmond Hill, Ontario
Over fifty thousand people gathered in Richmond Hill on Saturday, according to the cops, to show their support for the nationwide protests that have broken out in Iran.
The occasion was organized in support of the continuing discontent in the nation brought on by the passing of Mahsa Amini, 22. She passed away while being held by the "morality police" of Iran for reportedly putting her headscarf too loosely.
Iranian-Canadians for Human Rights and Justice organized the protest, which took place in front of the Richmond Hill Central Library.
The purpose of the event, according to its organizers, was to "bring together Canadians of all ages, ethnicities, and religions to voice out in favor of the people of Iran, particularly its strong women."
According to officials, "well over 50,000" people may have joined the gathering, according to Global News.
Heavy crowds & traffic were observed in the area on Saturday, according to York Regional Police, who added police "to protect public safety."
The purpose of the gathering, according to the organizers, was to "loudly repeat" Iranian demonstrators' voices.
Increased crowds and traffic delays due to a demonstration on Yonge Street between 16th Avenue and the @RichmondHillPL on Major Mackenzie Drive in #RichmondHill.@YRP will have an increased presence to ensure public safety. If possible, avoid the area from 1 to 4 p.m.— York Regional Police (@YRP) October 1, 2022
"The citizens of Iran have consistently requested the international world to be their voice and magnify their requests," they stated. "As Iran's leadership cuts off the internet in the country and kills demonstrators indiscriminately."
The protest's location, the Richmond Hill Public Library, described it as a "momentous occasion of worldwide importance for the Richmond Hill community."
Today, Central branch has been chosen by our community as the site for humanitarian protests against recent injustices in Iran. What a historic moment of global magnitude for the Richmond Hill community. #MahsaAmini pic.twitter.com/pDUnMarpRc— Richmond Hill Public Library (@RichmondHillPL) October 1, 2022
The demonstration was supposed to start at Yonge Street and 16th Avenue in Richmond Hill at roughly 2:00 p.m., then march to the main library.
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