WASHINGTON/TORONTO - As Iranian diaspora members rally around the world in solidarity with recent anti-government protests in Iran, they are getting a boost from another diaspora that sees Tehran as a threat — Canadian Jews.
Hundreds of Iranian exiles have staged solidarity rallies in dozens of cities in North America, Europe and Australia since the demonstrations erupted across Iran on Nov. 15. In one notable rally, Iranian diaspora activists in Canada's largest city, Toronto, co-organized their gathering with B'nai Brith Canada, a 144-year-old Canadian Jewish human rights group that strongly supports Iran's main regional foe, Israel.
B'nai Brith Canada told VOA Persian that at least 300 people attended Sunday's rally in Toronto's Mel Lastman Square. Among them were several prominent Jewish community members, such as B'nai Brith Canada's chief executive Michael Mostyn and Canadian lawmaker Michael Levitt of the ruling Liberal party. Participants, most of them Iranian Canadians, waved Iran's pre-1979 Islamic Revolution flag and chanted slogans and held signs denouncing the Islamic republic's clerical rulers as brutal dictators.
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