Former Political Prisoner Harassed And Assaulted At Ashura March

Written By Daniel Bordman, Posted on August 10, 2022

On Monday, August 8, the annual Ashura march took place in Toronto, the march is billed as a Shia Islamic event to commemorate the death of Imam Hussien. However, it has been frequently accused by many of having links to the regime in the Islamic Republic of Iran.

During the march, Salman Sima, who was a political prisoner subjected to torture and solitary confinement by the Islamic Republic, showed up to peacefully protest the march due to its alleged connections to the Iranian Regime. He brought a two-sided sign that read “Islamic regime threatens Canadian national security” and “Human rights for Iran”. Two relatively non-controversial opinions.

Human rights advocacy is generally approved of across Canada and the Regime in the Islamic Republic is open about the fact of being a security threat as their openly stated goal is world domination and the destruction of the West.

However, there were some people at the march who were visibly upset with these signs criticizing the Islamic Republic. While some people come up to argue with him or try and deflect human rights criticism to Israel (while being unable to say if Hamas is a terrorist organization) one man is on video repeatedly getting physical with Sima shoving him and grabbing his sign.

While event organizers are seen trying to restrain the aggressive man, he does return to harass and batter Sima repeatedly, so he was not completely removed from the event. 

In his livestream of the event, Salman Sima outlines why he is there and why the event remains so controversial.

Daniel Bordman

Daniel is the host of political satire show Uninterrupted, runs multiple podcasts and has written for a variety of publications. Daniel is also the communications coordinator of the Canadian Antisemitism Education Foundation. You can find him on Twitter here. Uninterrupted on YouTube

Comments are closed.