Locals rally for friends back home – Metro US

Locals rally for friends back home

Nightly since the pro-democracy pro­tests first gripped Tehran, cries of “God is great” have risen from the city’s darkened rooftops.

But Pouya, a 26-year-old student activist from Tehran who is helping to mobilize Iranian anger in Toronto, says his friends in the Iranian capital have been hearing the streets echo with different cries after dusk lately.

As pro-government militias force their way inside protesters’ homes, neighbours are shrieking, “Don’t come in!” he describes.

Pouya, who would only give his first name, is terrified.

“My friends, colleagues, they’re just getting killed,” he says.

The Iranian-Canadian community numbers almost 60,000 in the GTA.

Hundreds of members from the community rallied at Queen’s Park yesterday to draw attention to the growing situation in Iran.

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