tv Weekend News Al Jazeera August 30, 2015 12:00am-12:31am EDT
good night. >> shock and anger. >> it is a dangerous message that there are judges allowing their courts to be instruments of political repression and propaganda. >> hello, i'm with the world news from al jazeera. ahead, marching towards a better future, we meet refugees fighting for their lives. >> tens of thousands gather demanding the prime minister
resign. plus... >> ten years after hurricane katrina devastated new orleans, the city remembers its dead. ♪ ♪ >> the sentencing of three al jazeera journalists in egypt was condemned worldwide. the three were given three year jail terms on charges of helping the now banned muslim brotherhood. al jazeera called a verdict a deliberate attack on press freedom. >> hope, then heart break in an egyptian courtroom as two journalists return to prison. a retrial was supposed to give them a second opportunity to clear their names. instead, justice was denied yet again. >> i don't know how i'm going to survive this without him.
>> the judge said he wanted to make clear to the people of egypt that these men were not journalists and doctored videos for air and they were sentenced to more prison time. 3 years for two and 3.5 for another. they have spent more than a year behind bars already. >> the one with won't serve the time because he's deported in australia but it will limit his ability to work as a foreign correspondent. >> it is outrageous, devastating for me. journalists described a tense atmosphere after the verdict. from the beginning the case has been called a sham. leaders including obama have joined journalists around the globe condemning it. they were accused of aiding the muslim brotherhood which
is now deemed a terrorist group. they were arrested on false charges and convicted without a shred of evidence. at no point during the long drawn out retrial did any of the unfounded allegations stand up to scrutiny. >> the government is calling for an immediate deportation and the attorney says it is time for the president to pardon the men. >> it sends a dangerous message that there are judges in egypt allowing the courts to become instruments of political repression and propaganda. >> for now the legal fight continues but it is said that they need the global community to fight with them. continuing to promote the free campaign. >> the sen tens wag condemned calling it an injustice. >> he's just finished a press conference to the australia media, a beg crowd of
journalists were there and i'm pleased to say that he joins me now. there is still a lot of interest in this, that's a positive tine. >> it is a positive sign in that we have to make sure that we keep the public attention, awareness about our case in the gross injustice. i believe i was deported because we had so much public support and so many people around the world were aware of the injustice in the original trial and it made it impossible for the egyptian government to continue to hold me there. we need to make sure that that noise doesn't die away. the media attention we have been getting is vial, w vital, e to keep it going. >> what are the elements of this campaign? >> there is a legal aspect of this, we'll be looking at every possible option for an appeal. we're also going to be looking to the president to issue a pardon. he always has said several
times before that he would pardon us if we were ever convicted. the whole world's attention has been focused on this particular trial to see just how committed egypt is to the fundamental principals of rule of law, due process, freedom of the press. we're seeing a gross miscarriage of justice, injustice in the convictions and the president now has an opportunity to correct that and make it clear that egypt does respect those principles. we'll be looking to diplomatic, political support and i have spoken to the australian foreign minister whose personally involved and says that she will use every diplomatic means available to her to try to get the conviction overturned and we'll be speaking to other people in the white house, within the british government, the european union, so on, everyone we can in fact to remind egypt that the world really does care about this case and what it stands for. of course we'll be looking to
continue a powerful social media campaign. >> peter, thank you very much. peter's chief concern is for the two colleagues, our two colleagues still in prison now. back to you. >> the prime minister of canada has condemned the sentencing of al jazeera journalist and canadian citizen in a tweet harper said.... >> four people have appeared in a hungarian court over the death of 71 refugees found in an abandoned truck. the court detained three bulgarians and an afghan for a month to allow for an investigation. meanwhile the flow of refugees has continued with hundreds of people crossing from serbia to hungary on saturday. families walking in the sweltering midday heat, most have ran out of water. they still have the will to carry on.
they're so exhausted, some don't realize that the white post they're passing marked the border. a break in the fence is their entrance into the european union. >> it is take in the fact that these people have walked more than 15 kilometers in the searing heat. another stage in this long journey, and even though now they're crossing into the european union the problems aren't over. >> these people have not tried to run away from the police. they're rounded up and taken to registration camps, women and children get priority. the bus leaves behind people who are frustrated and unsure of what happens next. this man is from syria. he had made two attempts to cross from turkey to greece by sea. on the first he was arrested and detained. the second, he was rescued by
the greek coast guard. >> the sea guard, it was most difficult. it was -- it wasn't. no. no. this -- no. no. this is what we had, up from the greek border to here, it is the most i have experienced in my life. >> buses full of refugees and migrants have spent up to 4 days in registration camps, they're arriving in a railway station. they're grateful for food and water provided by a voluntary group but confused on what's going on. >> they don't have enough information. before they cross the border, they also didn't have enough information. if they cross the border, if they -- back to the european union, what will happen? what is their rights? >> the refugees don't know their rights. like everyone else, this young woman from syria gets a travel paper. within hungary only. she fears she'll be taken to a
camp and detained. rather than going on a free train ride had he she looks foshe looks for ataxi. she's traveling with her brother, it looks k will he want to prepare the way for their family. >> my father to germany. >> yeah. >> it is for your parents, you want to get your -- >> yeah. yeah. >> and my mother. >> yes. >> it is highly likely that they'll end up crossing the next border using people smugglers. as they leave, more arrive and so it goes on, 24 hours a day. andrew simmons, al jazeera. >> meanwhile, three children are being treated for dehydration in an austrian hospital after being rescued from a van crammed with refugees. police pulled over the truck on friday near the german border. it was carrying 26 syrians and others. >> tens of thousands of protester its gathered in malaysia for a second day
seeking the prime minister's resignation. they accuse the prime minister of corruption and mismanaging the economy. we k to some of the protesters. tired and hungry, they prepare for another day of protest. they traveled almost seven hours to be here sleeping on the concrete pavement overnight to show their support for a massive anti corruption rally. >> we want everybody to have equal opportunity, equal share of the country and everybody treats everybody equally. that's what we want. >> concerned about a police crackdown, they have carried masks to offen fend off tear ga. they're calling for the resignation of the prime minister and a more transparent bureaucracy. >> there are people from all
walks of life here, some are professionals, many are students. there is one thing that they have in common, they're fed up with the government that they believe is chronically corrupt. he's alleged to have taken almost $700 million from the state investment fund. he denies any wrongdoing, but many here believe that it is time for him to go. >> we are actually calling on the parliamentary to do their part, if you see there is something wrong about what he's doing, then they should actually pass a vote of no confidence. >> the prime minister remains defiant, refusing to step down. authorities have labeled this rally illegal and have blocked websites related to it. >> it would be very, very wise for the current government not to ignore the calls or sentiment but to really take heed of them and not down
these voices. >> analysts believe that the movement is unlikely to topple the government or force the prime minister's resignation. protesters like these have vowed to carry on their campaign. >> 10 fighters were executed from nigeria, the ten men were sentenced to death on friday after being convicted for murder and the use of explosives. they were shot by firing squad. it is a first round of executions since they strengthened anti terrorism laws last month. also to come on the program, protesters in chicago say police abuse has gone unchecked for decades. plus the filopine film industry is going through a renaissance, it is not big money or business driving the boone. more on that coming up.
>> welcome back. we'll recap the top stories here. the sentencing of three al jazeera journalists in egypt have been condemned worldwide. the three were given three year jail terms on charges of helping the muslim brotherhood. al jazeera calls it a deliberate attack on press freedom. tens of thousands of protesters gathered in malaysia for a second day seeking the prime minister's resignation. they accused him of corruption and mismanagic the economy.
-- mismanaging the economy. >> four people appeared in a hungarian court and the court detained them for a month to allow for an investigation for the refugees in a truck. >> many of those that successfully crossed the mediterranean sea get on shore in greece. it is a gateway for people arriving from the middle east and north africa. with the number, athens is struggling to find the right policies to deal with the i flux. -- influx. >> these afghan children are having a little of their childhood restored to them. the red cross set up this tent for games in side of a government sponsored camp. here they have food and 24 hour medical care. much has been taken from them in years of war, poverty and exile. this man was born in exile from native afghanistan because his family feared for their lives.
>> we feared. in afghanistan there were some people like taliban that killed our people. the iranian people, they were -- i'm going to go a place that accepts us, accepts us just like a person, leak a human. >> more than 170,000 refugees poured into greece this year. most fleeing war, all looking for a better life in europe. this facility is an improvement on the 10th city that had sprung up in athens largest urban park. local residents feared a threat to public health and safety. >> 500 afghans that were in camps here, they're now gone. ily to the new municipal facility but ultimately out of greece and northward. >> the new facility attempts to strike a balance between the free for all that existed here and the policy of the detention centers built by the previous conservative
government. >> under that policy undocumented migrants were being detained indefinitely until they agreed to be deported. that left greece exposed under european law. in march the left wing government shut down the camp closest to athens and released the inmates but the closure is controversial and five other camps remain. it is the same across europe, a struggle to combine law and order with humanity. in greece the arrivals keep arriving. they have chartered this vessel to bring them from the eastern countries to turkey. they felt euphoria taking their first steps on continental europe, sending pictures home of their safe arrival. >> my family has lost more than ten men, women and children because of the islamic state. there is nothing to eat there. if you find food, it is ex pen active and only for the rich. >> the sudden freedom is overwhelming. some families unsure of where to go. some get on buses, others head to the athens metro.
on their long journey this is a respite from which they seek only a little comfort and humanity. >> police in the lebanese capital are pushed back protesters after they try to set fire to barricades in front of government headquarters. the new campaign which is sparked by a garbage crisis in beirut expanded to reflect anger at the state's failure to provide basic services. the demonstrators gave the government 72 hours to clean up the mess or face more protests. >> memorial services have been taking place across the u.s. city of new orleans to mark the 10th anniversary of hurricane katrina. the storm devastated the city killing 2,000 people. at memorial services across new orleans they gathered to remember those lost to the storm. a decade ago the city laid submerged, streets and neighborhoods in ruins. for many, the memories are still too powerful.
the losses, too great. the mayor of new orleans told them that the struggles of the last ten years were not in vein. >> i want to give a minute to try to do the best i can to make sure that the people of new orleans know that the world has not forgotten us. it continues to hold us up as a model for the country and remembering us this week. we want to commemorate the lives lost which we're doing today, we want to say thank you to the world that came to our aid in our darkest hour. >> in other parts of the city, residents danced and marged through the neighborhoods -- marched through the neighborhoods, a unique celebration of death and rebirth. 10 years after the levies failed, the flood walls and pumps provide protection from future storms. in the lower 9th ward, one of the worst hit neighborhoods, there was a celebration. less than half of the
residence of this neighborhood ever returned home but those that are here, they're determined to restore their community. >> ♪ ♪ >> if there is one wa thing to take away from the struggle, resilience, you can't curtail the resilience of the city. despite the challenges they still face. >> the city has made a steady recovery. many residents remain optimistic about the future. >> ca tree ma made us stronger. when -- katrina made us stronger, you fall down, learn from the mistakes, before, we came back bigger and better. >> what happened 10 years ago could never be forgotten, it is now a determination to push forward and make things better. ♪ ♪ >> no matter how long it takes. >> demonstrations have been held in chicago o the deaths of young black men and women at the hands of police. it is the latest march in a u.s. city that's been described as a epidemic of
police abuse. on chicago's story read streets, the demonstrators protest. a state of recent deaths to young black men in police custody focused world attention on places like baltimore and ferguson, missouri. here in chicago they say police abuse and unjustified killings have gone on for decades. >> (chanting). >> they march past the chicago theater, past the famed tower owned by a presidential candidate to protest the treatment of black and poor from police. >> people in a higher tax bracket, they are ran down, beaten, harassed, sexually assaulted by police, you do see that often.
>> the city has paid 85 million to victims of police torture and set aside a reparation fund for other vick films. the commander was sentenced to 4.5 years and the mayor even offered a rare apology, but protesters want more. they want change. >> honestly, all i did was listen, i just sat and listened to the victims of the police torture, it is literally outrageous. i don't know how people can hear that and not try to do whatever they can to get involved. >> the demonstrators are marching for justice they say. they want a new elected civilian police over site board because they say since 200-7120 people were wrongfully killed by police here in the city of chicago and none have been held accountable. >> they have literally done nothing. they have not held police accountable, they're a cover
up committee for the police department. when they mess up or commit a crime, whenever anything goes wrong, i'm talking serious stuff, murder, whatnot, these guys never get prosecuted. never get prosecuted and never are brought to justice. >> the city's police union, the fraternal order of police say that they have a right to protest but won't address the complaints. >> venezuela sent more troops to the board of colombia. more than 1,000 of them living in venezuela have been deported so far. >> 11,000 people in m bei can'colombiawere killed or injum land mines and efforts are underway to get rid of them finally. we visited one of the first villages declared mine free.
>> [applause]. >> cutting the ribbon to a future free of land mines. for the first time in 50 years farmers are able to walk to the top of this hill again. >> i'm happy we can walk free i. until now we afraid to get close to the mountain. >> the fighters and pay ray militaries buried homemade land mines along here while fighting in the middle of the last decade. after months of work coordinated by the british charity halo trust the area has been cleared of the threat by local strength and others to do the job. 150 people used to live in the region when the fighting started. each one of the families living here have been displaced by violence, their houses burned to the ground and the area spiked with mines
to ensure that they couldn't come back. this family has recently returned. they say that they were forced to flee after being held captive by para militaries that threatened to kill them. >> being back is a triumph. i often thought our land was lost forever. we're starting from 0 but we feel support and now that the mines are gone, we feel secure. >> they continue to have the second highest rate of land mines related incidents in the world after afghanistan. tens of thousands are still buried in the ground and locating them here has unique complications. >> there are no densely laid mine fields, they're usually sparsely laid so that the -- there may be a handful of mines in a mine field and there is no pattern either. >> now that all have been removed from this area, the local government is helping
the first 14 families move back. >> nine new houses were built along with a school. new farming programs are being started. it is a small success in what will be a very long and arduous fight. trying to rid the country of one of the most sinister scars in its half century conflict. >> congressional committees in greece the arrivalguatemala hast had the president is prosecuted for a corruption team. they have to decide now if his immunity should be taken away. protesters were gathering outside demanding his resignation. u.n. investigators say that top officials received millions in bribes to help business people avoid import duties. the film ministry in the philippines is undergoing a revival. some of the best known actors are lining up to star in low-budget productions of first time film makers.
>> these first time film makers are creating what they call a small film on a very tight budget. it features one of the country's more popular young actresses and this could be the next run away smash at the box office. a feat unheard of a few years ago. >> now it is easier because, one, technology is there, even with simple cellphone camera we can tell a story. two, people have recognized it. digital technology and social media have led to an industry, what they call the democratization of cinema. more people can now tell their stories for less money in more ways. it is revitalizing the local film industry and putting viewers tired of big studio formula films ha cinema seats. more independent films are being produced now than big studio features.
>> it has been ten years since the birth of this independent film festival which started out as a small arts project with a select audience is now one of the most awaited cultural events in the philippines. more and more top celebrities are taking pay cuts just to get involved in the projects. the big studios are taking a deeper interest. >> we would like to believe that if this trend continues it will continually reshape the way that mainstream also looks at the pro. product. >> last november an independent film that was northeasterlily not completed broke records earning 2 million u.s. dollars in less than 2 weeks. it is not about money for many film makers. >> we as film makers, we're -- we're storytellers and we want the stories out there. some stories will break the box office and they're calling it the successful mix of
mainstream sensibilities and independent film making. >> a quick reminder to keep up to date with the news on the website there on the screen. >> this week on "talk to al jazeera", one of the most recognizable singers of a generation - kate pierson of the b-52s. >> (singing the song "love shack"). >> the greatest thing i think a band can do is give people this joy and make them happy and make them dance or sing or just, you know, just kind of give them a joy. >> the group was once given the title "america's favorite party band" by rolling stone, but
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