On Saturday January 25, 2020 Toronto Coalition to Stop the War and No War with Iran Action – Toronto held a demonstration in front of the American Consulate in Toronto under the title of “No war on Iran!”
Suzanne Weiss, a long time pro Palestinian Jewish activist and a member of Independent Jewish Voices Canada, was one of the speakers at the protest. Here are excerpts from her speech:
[US] President [Donald] Trump and his government are threatening war against Iran. That’s why we are out here. We oppose to that. Most Canadians polled are against the war. we say: No war against Iran. No war against Iran. No war against Iran. Trump is trying to strangle and starve Iran to crippling sanctions. These sanctions aim to harm the Iranian people and bring them to their knees. We say: No sanctions against Iran. No sanctions against Iran. No sanctions against Iran. Forty years ago the Iranian people rose up in a great revolution [the Islamic revolution in 1979] and asserted their national sovereignty against US domination. Washington never has forgiven that. We say to [Canada’s Prime Minister Justin] Trudeau, this Canadian government, respect the sovereignty and self determination in Iran and respect the sovereignty and [self] determination in Venezuela and Bolivia too! Trump and his government want to plunder Iran, overturn its government and make a satellite, a satellite of the US. We say: Iran has the right to defend itself against such threats whether from the US or Israel or Saudi Arabia. Respect the Iranian people’s right to choose their government, their own way, without outside interference. Break openly with Trump’s war police and with his sanctions.