Yesterday January 23rd 2010 I attend an event which was organized in honour of Neda Aghal Soltans 27th birthday. As many may already know Neda was a young Iranian woman who was shot to death by Islamic Regime agents during the recent protests in Iran. If she had not been murdered so unjustly she would have been 27 years old yesterday.
The event was at the North York Centre and started a little after 4pm. Around 200 hundred people attended many of them carrying the Lion and Sun flag. I had made a poster which read “Down with the Islamic Regime of Iran” which I held up during the ceremony. Neda’s fiancé Caspian Mekan was present and spoke to us about Neda. As well Reza Moridi, the Richmond Hill MPP was also present and spoke about the Iranian peoples demand for the removal of the Islamic Regime from power. Number of other activist gave short speeches and read poems. We were also able to listen to a telephone message from Neda’s mom that had been prepared for this special occasion.
The event organizers were “Nedaye Solh va Azadi”, some of the event sponsors were the Shahrvand Newspaper and Campaigning for Human Rights in Iran. Mr. Faramarz Shiravand a journalist from the Monthly newspaper Rowshangar took some wonderful pictures of this event which he was kind enough to share with me. You can view the pictures here.
This was a wonderful event where Iranians with different beliefs and ideas came together to celebrate the birthday of this special young woman. It was great to see the solidarity, the general anti-Islamic Regime sentiments and the presence of Lion and Sun Flags.
I think at this time it’s also very important to remember all other angels of Iran, those who have lost their lives in the fight for a free and democratic Iran. Iran has thousands of angels many of them, who are unfortunately nameless, and many others whose memories will be remembered forever. I am dedicating this piece to Neda Agha-Soltan, Ehsan Fatahiyan, Akbar Mohammadi, Fasih Yasamani, Valiollah Feyze Mahdavi, and Majid and Hossein Kavousifar as well as all other angels of Iran.
Long Live Their Memory
Down with the Islamic Regime of Iran
Long Live Freedom in Iran