Anti-war groups take to Montreal streets as tensions between U.S. and Iran escalate

Tempers flared during a demonstration by mostly Iranian Canadians in downtown Montreal Sunday.

Demonstrators said the recent U.S. killing of senior Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani in an American airstrike in Iraq was Illegal.

“Because this was a blatant violation of international norms, to kill somebody on a third country’s soil,” explained Nassim Noroozi, an anti-war activist who was invited to speak at the event.

Other protesters like Amir Naimi fear there could be an escalation.

“The looming possibility of war, all-out war, between the United States and Iran is something that people in the region do not need,” he told Global News at Phillips Square, where the protest began before activists marched to the U.S. Consulate at Ste-Catherine and Stanley streets.

Leili Astaneh, one of the marchers with family in Iran, said she’s fed up with the tension between the two countries and is worried.

“We’re hoping for negotiation,” she said. “We’re dying for negotiation. We want this to be done!”

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