Clashes Break Out at Vigil for Qassem Soleimani in Front of US Embassy in Toronto

A pro-Iranian vigil held after the killing of Qasem Soleimani, the head of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps, was met with a counter-protest in front of the US Embassy in Toronto, Canada, on January 4, local media reported.

Samira Mohyeddin, an associate producer with CBC Radio One, shared footage of the vigil on University Avenue on Saturday evening, which shows people holding images of Soleimani, who was killed in a US strike in Iraq on January 3. Senior Iraqi militia official Abu Mahdi al Muhandis was also killed in the strike.

Mohyeddin said a group called Mahdi Youth Society (MY Society) organized the vigil, which was attended by between 150 to 200 people. A few counter protesters interrupted the vigil, Mohyeddin said.

The footage shows a person holding a sign that reads, “This Protest Is 4 Terrorists And Murderers” as counter protesters clash with those holding images of Soleimani. Reporters at the scene said police arrived and separated the groups.

Toronto is home to approximately 100,000 people of Iranian descent, making it the second-highest concentration of Iranians outside Iran, second only to Los Angeles, CBC reported. Credit: Samira Mohyeddin via Storyful