Toronto police say a candlelight vigil for an Iranian general killed by a U.S. airstrike — and a protest by those who opposed him — ended peacefully on Saturday night.
Const. Caroline de Kloet says two groups showed up to the event outside a Toronto courthouse a day after Gen. Qassem Soleimani’s death was announced.
Dozens of mourners and protesters attended the Toronto rally, which de Kloet says was not violent.
She says police were there as a precaution to keep the peace.
Mourners lit candles at a makeshift memorial by the courthouse, setting a starkly different tone from a celebration of Soleimani’s death held in Toronto on Friday.
Then, attendees danced and cheered, saying they hoped Soleimani’s death would mark a rebirth for Iran.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 4, 2020.