January 4, 2021
A virtual memorial for slain Iranian military commander Qassem Soleimani organized by the Iranian embassy in Ankara on Saturday on Zoom was hijacked by protesters who repeatedly called the Iranian general a “murderer.”
“Murderer Iran… murderer Soleimani,” protesters interrupting the Zoom session chanted in Turkish. The online event was attended by Iran’s ambassador to Turkey Mohammad Farazmand.
The first ever Zoom protest? The Iranian embassy in Turkey was forced to halt its online event for the anniversary of Qasem Soleimani’s death after participants started chanting ‘murderer Iran’ and changing their usernames to ‘murderer Soleimani’ pic.twitter.com/7FGkmo7Ifm— Hannah Lucinda Smith (@hannahluci) January 3, 2021
Many protesters on the Zoom event then began changing their display names to read “murderer Soleimani.”
Sunday marked the first anniversary of top Iranian general Qassem Soleimani’s assassination in a US strike in Baghdad.
Soleimani headed the Quds Force, the overseas arm of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC). He was considered the second most powerful figure in the regime after Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei.
Top Iranian authorities, including Khamenei, had vowed revenge and said revenge could occur at any time.