About 3,000 people marched through Toronto, Saturday, en route to an assembly on the lawn of the Ontario Parliament building, to mark Al-Quds Day, as ordered by the late Iranian revolutionary leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, according to the Shalom Toronto Website. The event is held every year to push for the taking of Jerusalem from Israeli hands, and the march and the rally featured anti-Israeli slogans and calls for a Palestinian Authority state.
Iranian-Canadian opponents of the Islamic regime held a counter-demonstration, calling for a stop to "crazy" Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, a stop to what they called "Islamic racism", and and end to executions taking place in Iran. With members of the Jewish Defense League in their midst, they declared their support for Israel. They also trampled on the flag of the Islamic Republic and waved the pre-revolutionary flag.