UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — Like many hundreds of people, Yasmine Roshan, 43, said she seemed hesitant between sadness and anger. “Someone must tell us why this happened. Innocent people died,” he said, on an evening in Toronto on Thursday to honor the victims of the plane that crashed in Iran.
Hours before this gathering, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau confirmed in a press conference that the Ukrainian plane that crashed Wednesday near Tehran and killed 176 people, including 63 Canadians, was shot down by a missile, possibly possibly accidentally.
However, the head of the Iranian Civil Aviation Organization, Ali Abedzadeh, denied the speculation. He said at a press conference on Friday in Tehran that no missile had hit the plane. “One thing is for sure, this aircraft was not hit by a missile,” he said.
Roshan and her nine-year-old daughter came after “two of her friends” were killed. “I blame (US President Donald) Trump. It all happened because of him and it was he who started,” she said.
As for Sam, 55, he said, “They are all gone and we don’t know why. It is the right of society and everyone to know exactly what happened,” stressing that he was “shocked, angry, and sad.”
Hundreds of people seemed to be affected and angry, on Thursday evening in Toronto, where about one hundred thousand Canadians of Iranian descent form one of the largest Iranian communities in North America after those residing in Los Angeles.
In the crowd, some chanted “We want justice” while others condemn the Iranian regime.
Standing together, listen to the Canadian and Iranian national anthems. The city’s mayor, John Torre, expressed his regret for a “global tragedy affecting Canada”.
“Once again, the Iranian regime is killing its citizens,” read a banner.
– “Exceeds logic” –
Varia, 55, who seemed overwhelmed by the emotions, confirmed that she could not describe her feelings. Holding a candle, she said, “We cannot imagine killing people with a mistake by their government. This is beyond logic.”
In Toronto, as well as Ottawa and Montreal, hundreds of people attended evening parties by candles to lay wreaths of roses or stand silently in front of pictures of victims of the disaster.
In the federal capital, Justin Trudeau laid a wreath during an evening on the plateau of Parliament.
Canada includes one of the largest Iranian communities in North America, which includes, according to official figures, 210,000 Canadians of Iranian descent.
Canadian media reported that dozens of victims were from the Ontario region and about thirty from the Edmonton area, the capital of the western Alberta province.
The Boeing 737 plane crashed Wednesday, shortly after Tehran fired missiles at two bases in Iraq, where US soldiers are stationed in response to the killing of the commander of the Quds Force in the Iranian Revolutionary Guards, General Qassem Soleimani, by a strike by a US plane in Baghdad.
The plane fell just minutes after take-off, while no message was received from the pilot indicating that he was facing an emergency, according to the Iranian Civil Aviation Organization. Besides the 63 Canadians, 82 Iranians, 11 Ukraine, ten Swedes, four Afghans, three Germans and the same number of Britons were killed in the plane crash.
The accident was considered the worst civil aviation disaster in Iran since 1988, when the US military announced that the Iran Air plane had been shot down by mistake, killing 290 people, all of whom were on board.
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