18 Tir (July 9th ) Demonstrations in Toronto to Commemorate the 11th Anniversary of Pro-Democracy Student Demonstrations in Iranpublished on Friday, July 09, 2010
Today pro-democracy activists gathered in the Mel-Lastman Square in Toronto to commemorate the 11th anniversary of the July 9th (18 Tir) 1999 pro-democracy demonstrations.
The July 9th 1999 protests were the first large scale pro-democracy protests since the Islamic Regime had come to power and have become a source of inspiration for activists both inside and outside of Iran.
A student activist Ebrahim Ezat Nejad was shot to death during the protests, while a student leader Akbar Mohammadi was killed by the Islamic Regime agents in the notorious Evin Prison in August of 2006, while serving a 15 year jail sentence for his participation in the protests. Behrouz Javid Tehrani another well known pro-democracy student activist is still in prison 11 years after the 18 Tir protests because of his pro-democracy activities.
Tonight we remember Ebrahim Ezat Nejad and Akbar Mohammadi, while keeping Behrouz Javid Tehrani in our thoughts and prayers. We also remember those who have lost their lives in the past 31 years for a free and democratic Iran.
Down with the Islamic Regime in Iran
Long Live Freedom in Iran