People are calling out the CN Tower for the colour of its lights
With all eyes on Iran in the past few days, some individuals in Toronto are claiming the city could do a better job at showing its support for the nationwide protests.
The CN Tower recently announced that on the night of Sept. 27, the tower would be lit blue in recognition of UN Women and in support of women's human rights around the world.
Many people felt as though this statement was not enough, and that the tower should be lit red, white, and green to symbolize the colours of Iran's flag.
One person said that greater allegiance to the protests in Iran needed to be shown.
Not Good Enough! Your lights should be Green White and Red to stand in solidarity with the women of Iran who are fighting & dying for their basic human rights!— Mana Shafai (@manashafai) September 27, 2022
Another person highlighted the Iranian diaspora in Canada, claiming that solidarity should not be considered a political statement.
@TourCNTower why is changing your lights to support the people of Iran (with such a large diaspora present in Canada) considered a political event/observance? The entire planet is supporting this WOMEN’S RIGHTS & HUMAN RIGHTS movement! #MahsaAmini #FreeIran— Sohrab Esmailpour (@SohrabEpour) September 28, 2022
Protests erupted across several cities in Iran in recent days, which were triggered by the death of 22-year-old Kurdish woman Mahsa Amini in police custody.
Amini was arrested on Sept. 13 in Tehran by the country's morality police after being accused of violating the Iran's law on headscarves.
Her brother was told she would be taken to a detention centre to receive training on hijab rules. However, Amini collapsed from a heart attack and died on Sept. 16, after being in a coma for three days.
Witnesses claim that she was beaten to death by the police in their patrol car on the way to the detention centre.
Several countries, including Canada, have announced they will impose sanctions on dozens of Iranian individuals and entities, including the country's morality police.
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