Protesting Iranians Give Harper Thumbs Up
Hundreds of Iranian expatriates travelled from as far away as Canada and California to protest Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s presence here Wednesday.
And many of them praised Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s government for its decision to sever diplomatic ties with Iran, saying such action weakens the regime in Iran while strengthening Ahmadinejad’s domestic opposition.
But the protesters also cautioned Western countries against using military action to prevent Iran from getting a nuclear bomb, saying increasing diplomatic and economic pressure can accomplish the same goal.
“We don’t need any military action against Iran,” said Khosrow Ziav, a Kurdish Iranian who now lives in Toronto. Ziav, who moved to Canada from Iran 10 years ago, was one of several hundred who joined a noisy anti-Ahmadinejad protest outside the United Nations building here Wednesday and also spent part of the week protesting outside the five-star hotel near Central Park where Ahmadinejad stayed while in New York City.
“We have everything we need to destroy the regime. All the people in Iran - 90% of the people - are against the regime,” said Ziaev. “We don’t want war in our country.”