World Tour: Protests in Iran

MARY REICHARD, HOST: To come The world and all in it: WORLD TOUR with Onize Ohikere, our reporter in Africa.

Iran protests—Today’s world tour kicks off with protests in Iran.

THE AUDIO: [Protesters chanting]

Rebel protesters chanted and burned scarves across Iran in another consecutive night of demonstrations.

Protests erupted after a 22-year-old woman died in police custody last week. Iranian morality police arrested her for violating modesty laws.

Police arrested more than 1,200 protesters, while at least 75 people died in the clashes.

THE AUDIO: [Protester chanting]

In the streets of Paris on Sunday, thousands of people joined in a solidarity march. Similar protests have also erupted in London and Istanbul.

italian election— Then we go to Italy, where an electoral victory has brought historic changes.

THE AUDIO: [Crowd cheering]

In Sunday’s general election, the Brothers of Italy party won 26% of the vote. It means party leader Giorgia Meloni is on track to become Italy’s first female prime minister.

Meloni’s party is also part of a conservative alliance that won a clear majority in both houses of parliament. Their victory brings to power the most conservative Italian government since World War II.

Meloni’s party has its roots in the Italian neo-fascist social movement. As a teenager, Meloni was an activist in the party’s youth wing… but has since denounced fascism and distanced herself from the party’s history.

MELON: [Speaking in Italian]

Meloni says here that she will rule for all Italians and focus on uniting people. His coalition has promised to cut taxes, end mass immigration and promote family values.

Italy is not the only country to swing to the political right. Sweden, France and Spain also recorded conservative gains in recent elections.

Storm in the Philippines— We are heading for the storm-torn Philippines.

THE AUDIO: [Traffic in flood]

Typhoon Noru toppled trees and knocked out power to the Philippines’ most populous island on Sunday and Monday.

The storm is the strongest to hit the Philippines this year.

Authorities said five rescuers died as they tried to help flooded residents in Bulacan province near the capital, Manila. A landslide also killed an elderly man in Quezon province.

THE AUDIO: [Resident speaking in Tagalog]

This resident says the flood washed away his house 15 minutes after his family was evacuated.

Disaster officials anticipated widespread devastation, but later described the damage as minimal. The Philippines faces an average of 20 storms each year.

Reopening of borders— We end today at the border between Venezuela and Colombia.

THE AUDIO: [Trucks honking]

A cargo truck adorned with balloons and flags honked its horn loudly as it crossed the Simon Bolivar International Bridge on Monday.

The crossing officially reopened freight trade between South American neighbors after seven years.

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro restricted the transport of goods across the border in 2015 and the countries severed ties completely in 2019. This was after members of the Venezuelan opposition attempted to cross with food and supplies. medications.

Colombian leftist President Gustavo Petro took office in August. He pledged to restore ties with Venezuela. Countries are also planning to resume commercial flights.

That’s it for this week’s World Tour. Reporting for WORLD, I am Onize Ohikere in Abuja, Nigeria.

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