Source: BBC- An Iranian official has said a British oil tanker should be seized, if a detained Iranian ship is not released.
British Royal Marines helped officials in Gibraltar to seize the super-tanker Grace 1 on Thursday,
after it was suspected of carrying oil from Iran to Syria, in breach of EU sanctions.
Iran later summoned the British ambassador in Tehran to complain about what it said was a “form of piracy”.
Mohsen Rezaei said Iran would respond to bullies “without hesitation”.
Mr Rezaei – a member of a council that advises the Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Khamenei – said, in a tweet: “If Britain does not release the Iranian oil tanker, it is the authorities’ duty to seize a British oil tanker.”
The BBC has been told a team of about 30 marines, from 42 Commando, were flown from the UK to Gibraltar to help detain Grace 1 and its cargo.
Gibraltar said there was reason to believe the ship was carrying Iranian crude oil to the Baniyas Refinery in the Syrian Mediterranean port town of Tartous.
But Iran’s Foreign Ministry condemned the move as illegal and accused the UK of acting at the behest of the United States.
Spain’s Acting Foreign Minister Josep Borrell said, on Thursday, Spain – which disputes British ownership of Gibraltar – was studying the circumstances of the action, but said it followed “a demand from the US to the UK”.
Ten and thousands of Hong Kong protesters flood city streets in largest rally in weeks
Source: AFP- A sea of democracy activists flooded the streets of Hong Kong Sunday in a defiant show to the city’s leaders that their movement still pulls wide public support, despite mounting violence and increasingly stark warnings from Beijing.
Hundreds of thousands of protesters carrying umbrellas poured across the heart of Hong Kong island defying torrential rain and a police order not to march from a park where they had gathered earlier for a rally.
Weeks of demonstrations have plunged the financial hub into crisis, with images of masked black-clad protesters engulfed by tear gas during street battles against riot police stunning a city once renowned for its stability.
Sunday’s action, which organisers the Civil Human Rights Front said drew more than 1.7 million in the largest rally in weeks, was billed as a return to the “peaceful” origins of the leaderless protest movement.
“It’s been a long day and we’re very tired, but to see so many people out in the rain marching for Hong Kong gives strength to everyone,” said Danny Tam, a 28-year-old graphic designer.
The unprecedented political crisis was sparked by opposition to a plan to allow extraditions to the Chinese mainland.