(Associated Press: 0906 PST, April 11, 2011) Veiled women were among a group protesting against the French ban on face covering in public that took effect Monday. Police said at least two were detained, but complained the new law would be tough to enforce.
Face Veil Protesters Detained as French Ban Begins
(Euronews: 0718 PST, April 11, 2011) France's ban on full face veils, a first in Europe, has been marked by anger and arrests at one of the leading landmarks in Paris. Several people were detained at what was meant to be a silent protest outside Notre Dame Cathedral, with feelings running high. "It is an attack on my freedom of conscience, my freedom of religion, my freedom to be a woman," said activist Kenza Drider, wearing a face veil.
(Euronews: 1410 PST, February 4, 2011) Iran's supreme leader is calling on the people of Egypt and Tunisia to unite around their religion and against the West, calling the recent events an Islamic liberation movement.
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei was speaking for the first time since the recent uprising. He told an audience of tens of thousands that Iran's own Islamic revolution of 1979, which deposed the U.S.-backed Shah, had served as an example to people living under similar dictatorships.