On Sunday, Canadian PM Justin Trudeau, told a vigil for some of the victim killed in an Iranian plane disaster that he would “pursue justice and accountability,” for those affected by the plane crash.
Iran reported that it mistakenly shot down a Ukrainian airliner on Wednesday, killing 176 people. 57 Canadians died, and many of them were Iranian descent, this can be said to be one of the biggest single losses of life Canada has experience in 40 years.
The PM told the crowd of 2,300 in a basketball gymnasium in Edmonton, Alberta, home to 13 of the victims. “you might feel alone, but you are not alone in this. Your whole country stands with you, tonight, tomorrow, and in all other years to come.” Many had direct links to the University of Alberta.
As the PM spoke, boxes of tissues were passed around among the mourners who packed the bleachers. Black-rimmed photos of the dead stood on the stage, beside arrangements of rose petals, candles and plates of dates. https://tatahfonewsarena.com/hong-kong-protesters-vow-to-keep-fighting-in-new-years-day-march/
“This crash should not have occurred, and I want to guarantee you that you have my support during this difficult time … you give us purpose to pursue justice and accountability for you,” said PM Trudeau, who has requested Canada take part in the crash probe.
“We will not rest until there are answers.”
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney a political foe of Trudeau, told the vigil he was very sure the PM would do everything to find out what happened.
Family and friends cried and hugged each other while listening to tributes to their loved ones from young and old.
One Ghazal mourned the untimely death of her friend and Persian school classmate, 14-year-old Daria Mousavi who also died in the crash with her sister Dorina, 9, and parents Pedram Mousavi and Mojgan Daneshmand.
“She never had the chance to fall in love, get married, have children and grow old. In life we don’t realize how someone is important to us until they’re no longer with us,” Pakseresht said of Daria.
While Daniel Ghods said his girlfriend, Saba Saadat, a student of biological sciences, was a “glimpse of light” in his life, before she was killed in the crash.