Connect with us

Foreign

WMA URGES IRANIAN AUTHORITIES TO STOP EXECUTION OF MEDICAL DOCTOR

Published

on

The World Medical Association, WMA, on Monday urged the Iranian authorities to stop execution of a doctor and release him unconditionally.

According to WMA, in its second urgent plea, the plea was based on reports that Dr. Ahmadreza Djalali, a specialist in emergency medicine, could be executed next week.

Djalali, an Iranian-born Swedish doctor, was arrested six years ago and sentenced to death on alleged espionage charges in October 2017, since when he has reportedly been tortured and held in solitary confinement.

The WMA President Dr. Heidi Stensmyren called for urgent release of the doctor in question.

“We appeal to the Iranian authorities to release Dr. Djalali immediately. He has been convicted and sentenced based on a confession extracted under torture and after an unfair trial. Since then, the treatment inflicted on him has been nothing less than barbaric, inhuman and unworthy of any state governed by law.

‘In the name of humanity and a sense of justice, we join the call of United Nations human rights experts to stop this execution and to release Dr. Djalali immediately and unconditionally.’

VANGUARD

For news and events coverage, photo features, contributions and adverts contact us via:
Phone: +2348029115783
WhatsApp: +2347037611903
Follow us via:
Facebook: @Words and Shots
Instagram: @words_and_shots
Twitter: @wordsandshots

Foreign

PROTESTS ACROSS CHINA AS ANGER MOUNTS OVER ZERO-COVID POLICY

Published

on

Protesters march along a street during a rally for the victims of a deadly fire as well as a protest against China’s harsh Covid-19 restrictions in Beijing on November 28, 2022. – A deadly fire on November 24, 2022 in Urumqi, the capital of northwest China’s Xinjiang region, has become a fresh catalyst for public anger, with many blaming Covid lockdowns for hampering rescue efforts, as hundreds of people took to the streets in China’s major cities on November 27, 2022 to protest against the country’s zero-Covid policy in a rare outpouring of public anger against the state. Authorities deny the claims. (Photo by Noel CELIS / AFP)

Hundreds of people took to the streets in China’s major cities on Sunday to protest against the country’s zero-Covid policy, in a rare outpouring of public anger against the state.

China’s hardline virus strategy is stoking public frustration, with many growing weary of snap lockdowns, lengthy quarantines and mass testing campaigns.

A deadly fire on Thursday in Urumqi, the capital of northwest China’s Xinjiang region, has become a fresh catalyst for public anger, with many blaming Covid lockdowns for hampering rescue efforts. Authorities deny the claims.

On Sunday night, at least 400 people gathered on the banks of a river in the capital Beijing for several hours, with some shouting: “We are all Xinjiang people! Go Chinese people!”

AFP reporters at the scene described the crowd singing the national anthem and listening to speeches, while on the other side of the canal bank, a line of police cars waited.

Cars honked in support as people remained in the area until the early hours, chanting and waving blank sheets of paper symbolising censorship.

Authorities blocked the road to stop cars passing, and around 100 plainclothes and police officers arrived on the scene.

At around 2:00 am (1800 GMT) they were joined by coaches of paramilitary police.

Eventually protesters agreed to leave after making officers promise their demands had been heard.

Shanghai clashes

In downtown Shanghai — China’s biggest metropolis — AFP saw police clashing with groups of protesters, as officers tried to move people away from the site of an earlier demonstration on Wulumuqi street, named after the Mandarin for Urumqi.

Crowds that had gathered overnight — some of whom chanted “Xi Jinping, step down! CCP, step down!” — were dispersed by Sunday morning.

But in the afternoon, hundreds rallied in the same area with blank sheets of paper and flowers to hold what appeared to be a silent protest, an eyewitness told AFP.

Social media videos from the area that appeared to be taken in the late afternoon showed the crowd chanting.

By evening, dozens of policemen in yellow high-vis jackets formed a thick line, cordoning off the streets where the protests had taken place.

AFP saw multiple people arrested as officers told demonstrators to leave the area.

A foreigner who wished to remain anonymous told AFP he had seen a standoff as police directed a crowd away from Wulumuqi street.

“The police appeared to be looking for individuals suspected of leading the protests,” he said.

“Protesters directed their anger at the police and the party, using the ‘step down!’ refrain of the last few days.”

By midnight the area was calm, though swamped by hundreds of police officers and dozens of cars lining both sides of the road in some places.

Men in hard hats and overalls were erecting tall blue metal barriers on the sides of the street, cutting off the pavement. When asked why, they said they did not know.

In the central megacity of Wuhan, where the coronavirus first emerged, multiple livestreams that were quickly censored showed crowds walking through the streets cheering and filming on their phones.

Footage of protests allegedly taken in major cities Guangzhou and Chengdu was also spreading online Sunday night, but AFP was unable to independently verify the videos.

University protests

Earlier in the day, around 200 to 300 students rallied at Beijing’s elite Tsinghua University to protest against lockdowns, one witness who wished to remain anonymous told AFP.

A video that appeared to be taken in the same location showed students shouting, “Democracy and the rule of law, freedom of expression”, and was quickly taken down.

Other vigils took place overnight at universities across China, including one at Tsinghua’s neighbour Peking University, an undergraduate participant told AFP.

He said some anti-Covid slogans had been daubed on a wall in the university.

Some of the words echoed a banner that was hung over a Beijing bridge just before the Communist Party Congress in October.

“I heard people yelling: ‘No to Covid tests, yes to freedom!’,” he said, adding there were between 100 and 200 people there.

Videos on social media also showed a mass vigil at Nanjing Institute of Communications, with people holding lights and white sheets of paper.

Hashtags relating to the institute were censored on Weibo, and video platforms Duoyin and Kuaishou were scrubbed of footage.

Videos from campuses in Xi’an, Guangzhou and Wuhan showing similar protests also spread on social media. AFP was unable to verify the footage independently.

‘Lift lockdowns!’

China reported 39,506 domestic Covid-19 cases Sunday, a record high but tiny compared to caseloads in the West at the height of the pandemic.

The protests come against a backdrop of mounting public frustration over China’s zero-tolerance approach to the virus and follow sporadic rallies in other cities.

Hundreds of people massed outside Urumqi’s government offices after the deadly fire, chanting: “Lift lockdowns!”, footage partially verified by AFP shows.

AFP verified the video by geolocating local landmarks but was unable to specify exactly when the protests occurred.

It is the latest in several high-profile cases where emergency services have been allegedly slowed down by Covid lockdowns.

The Qatar World Cup has also proved a flashpoint, as scenes of maskless fans provoked outrage on social media.

China’s state broadcaster has started cutting close-ups of supporters and replacing them with shots of officials or players.

For news and events coverage, photo features, contributions and adverts contact us via:
Phone: +2348029115783
WhatsApp: +2347037611903
Follow us via:
Facebook: @Words and Shots
Instagram: @words_and_shots
Twitter: @wordsandshots
Continue Reading

Foreign

BE MY RUNNING MATE, KANYE WEST ASKS TRUMP AHEAD OF 2024 ELECTION

Published

on

Former US President, Donald Trump and American Rapper, Kanye West

Barely forty-eight hours after he declared his interest to run for the president of the United States in 2024, American rapper, Kanye West asked Donald Trump, the former president of the United States to be his running mate in the 2024 election.

The music icon made this known on his Twitter page on Wednesday saying he paid a visit to the ex-President at his resort residence in Florida, Mar-a-Lago.

West said he kept Trump waiting, but he disclosed the clue of the topic of their conversation.

The 45-year-old artiste went further to ask his fans to guess how the former American leader would respond to the question.

West ran a Twitter poll on the difficult question he landed on Trump as he tweeted, “First time at Mar-a-Lago. Rain and traffic. Can’t believe I kept President Trump waiting. And I had on jeans. Yikes!

“What do you guys think his response was when I asked him to be my running mate in 2024?”

Meanwhile, Trump had also launched his campaign to run and win the Republican presidential nomination in 2024.

Trump, who has been accused of supporting the mob invasion of the US Capitol Building on January 6, 2021, in protest of the victory of Joe Biden as the president, promised to make America “great and glorious again.”

For news and events coverage, photo features, contributions and adverts contact us via:
Phone: +2348029115783
WhatsApp: +2347037611903
Follow us via:
Facebook: @Words and Shots
Instagram: @words_and_shots
Twitter: @wordsandshots
Continue Reading

Entertainment

NICK CANNON REVEALS HE PAYS OVER $3 MILLION IN CHILD SUPPORT

Published

on

Nicholas Scott Cannon is an American television host, actor, rapper, and comedian.

Nick Cannon who is currently expecting his 12th child with Alyssa Scott has revealed that he pays over $3million in child support yearly.

Nick Cannon

According to an article by The Sun Cannon “almost paid $3 million a year in child support.” However the musician and actor claims the actual amount is considerably higher.

I definitely spend a lot more than that on my children annually,” he said.

He continued, “I don’t plan to ever have to participate in the governmental system of child.”

On Saturday, Cannon announced the birth of his eleventh child, a daughter, Zeppelin Cannon, with Abby De La Rosa.

He wrote on Instagram “You are the definition of steadfast and virtuous and it is my continued duty to make you and our children feel valued and protected every single day! BEAUTIFUL ZEPPELIN aka BZC aka BIZZY B! Get ready because the world is yours! Daddy loves you!!”

The duo are already parents to 17 month Zion and Zillion.

Cannon also shares twins Monroe and Morrocan, 11, with ex-wife Mariah Carey.

Alyssa Scott, who is the mother of her and Cannon’s late son Zen, announced her pregnancy with the “Masked Singer” host on November 3.

Cannon also three children with Brittany Bell, Golden, 5, Powerful, 18 months, and Rise, 1 month.

In September, he welcomed his first child, Onyx, 2 months, with Lanisha Cole and Legendary Love, 4 months, with Brie Tiesi.

For news and events coverage, photo features, contributions and adverts contact us via:
Phone: +2348029115783
WhatsApp: +2347037611903
Follow us via:
Facebook: @Words and Shots
Instagram: @words_and_shots
Twitter: @wordsandshots
Continue Reading

Trending