Iran Leader remarks
The Leader of Iran’s Islamic Revolution says the United States assassination of Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani has only further strengthened the movement that the anti-terror commander set in motion. Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei said Washington was under the illusion that by assassinating General Soleimani, they would stop his struggles. However, the US later found out that it had not but made a miscalculation as the assassination of the top commander only further promoted his anti-terror campaign. Elsewhere in his remarks, Ayatollah Khamenei noted that Washington’s profound animosity toward the Islamic Republic emanates from the religious nature of Iran’s establishment. According to the Leader, tyrants have always been opposed to movements and establishments with a religious foundation. The Leader delivered the speech on the anniversary of the 19-78 uprising in Iran against the dictatorial rule of the then Pahlavi monarch.
COVID curbs protests
Protests against Covid restrictions once again hit Europe, amid an explosion in the number of infections there. In France alone, some 100,000 people turned out in Paris and other cities to voice their anger. The government’s plans to further restrict the unvaccinated are drawing a lot of criticism. Once approved by the Senate, the law will require everyone above 12 to show their vaccine passes while entering a restaurant, using public transport or attending an event. A negative test will no longer be enough. Similar protests were also held in Italy and Germany. Some countries in Europe have been reporting record infections, mostly blamed on Omicron. France has reported over 300,000 cases. Britain, Italy and Russia have also witnessed record numbers.
UK COVID crisis
A bleak milestone for one of the European countries worst affected by Covid; the UK says more than 150,000 people have died after catching coronavirus.