Someone better say “soar-y”

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was forced to delete a Twitter post this week that repeated the false claim that Iran has sentenced 15,000 anti-government protesters to death.

Trudeau, 50, appeared to fall for a viral hoax with the early Tuesday tweet, which read: “Canada denounces the Iranian regime’s barbaric decision to impose the death penalty on nearly 15,000 protestors.

A photo of the deleted tweet.
Trudeau has since deleted the above tweet.
Twitter / Justin Trudeau

“These brave Iranians were fighting for their human rights — and we continue to stand united in support of them, and united against the regime’s heinous actions,” the prime minister added.

The claim spread after the theocracy did sentence a protester to death — and has been parroted on social media by celebrities like Viola Davis. However, the 15,000 number has no basis in fact.

The post was up for almost 12 hours before being scrubbed from Trudeau’s official account. 

Trudeau has been a vocal critic of the Iranian regime.
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“The post was informed by initial reporting that was incomplete and lacked necessary context. Because of that, it has since been deleted,” his office told NBC News in a statement.

Protests have rocked cities across Iran since the September death of Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old who died in police custody after allegedly violating the country’s strict dress code for women.

Iranians protesting the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini after she was detained by the morality police.
Iranians protest the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini after she was detained by the morality police.

Canada has imposed numerous sanctions on the Tehran government as it continues to crack down on demonstrations.

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