Families of plane crash victims want Canadian government to be tougher on Iran – National


The families of those killed when the Iranian military shot down Flight 752 in January 2020 are demanding that the Canadian government take a tougher line against the regime.

Iranian-Canadians gathered on Parliament Hill on Tuesday to mark 1,000 days of mourning for their loved ones, and the crowd made clear their displeasure with the federal government’s actions to date.

« I have already lost my whole life, my whole future, » said Maral Gorginpour, whose husband Fareed Arasteh died in the crash.

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The two were married in Iran, three days before he boarded.

“I need justice; I need the truth and to this day I will not stop,” said Gorginpour, who joined hundreds outside the Supreme Court before marching through the parliamentary precinct.

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In her speech to the crowd, Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland promised Ottawa would take more action, but did not say specifically what that would be.

« We will use every tool at our disposal to isolate and punish the brutal dictatorship, » Freeland said.

His remarks were repeatedly interrupted as protesters called on the Liberals to kick Iranians with ties to the regime out of Canada.

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Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre enlivened the crowd by saying the Trudeau government has refused to consider the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, a branch of Iran’s military, a terrorist group.

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Poilievre last month approved a formal request by the Association of Families of the Victims of Flight PS752 for the International Criminal Court to open a war crimes investigation. So far, Canada has helped Ukraine pursue its own criminal case, acknowledging that the airliner was registered in Ukraine.

“We had 1,000 days of words; we need action,” Poilievre said, to cheers.

« Now is the time to act, and I want you to know that you have friends in the Conservative Party who will fight tooth and nail. »

Sanctions experts say it would be difficult to list the IRGC as a terrorist organization without barring entry to Canada and freezing the assets of thousands of people who had been conscripted into brief, menial jobs such as cook .

But Liberal MP Ali Ehsassi, who has also pushed his own government to step up its response, said recently that Ottawa should work to find a way to label the Revolutionary Guard as a terrorist group without punishing those who have been drafted into roles. non-combatants.

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On Monday, Canada sanctioned 25 Iranian officials and nine entities, including the head of the Revolutionary Guard. Ehsassi, whose Toronto riding of Willowdale has a large Iranian-Canadian population, said on Twitter that the sanctions are « not enough. »

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In Halifax on Tuesday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Canada was working with other countries to get justice.

« All Canadians, this government and all political parties stand with the people of Iran as we stand up for women’s rights and human rights, » he said.

Iranian police violently suppressed protests across Iran following the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini in mid-September, two days after she was arrested by Iranian morality police for allegedly wearing her hijab too loosely.

Gorginpour said Ottawa needed to take a tougher line against the regime or it would continue to beat protesters, stop thefts and torture political prisoners.

« As long as they remain silent, the regime kills more people, and they are not responsible. »

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