tv Weekend News Al Jazeera September 5, 2015 2:00pm-3:01pm EDT
>> hello there, i'm barbara serra. this is the news hour live from london. coming up in the next 60 minutes. an emergency situation in western europe as thousands of refugees head into austria and germany. all this as you european politicians meet. we meet sunni tribesmen who are putting aside recommendation differences in the fight against isil. the presidential election
that is overshadowed bie allegations of corruption of the former leader. and finding japanese manga comics in the most unlikely of places. >> we look at the italian grand prix. we'll have all the details later in the program. >> austria and germany say they're dealing with an emergency situation as thousands of refugees head into the country. the first train carrying refugee refugees from hungary have arrived in munich in southern germany. the police say that they expect up to 10,000 people in the coming hours. austria said that it will not use force to stop asylum
seekers. and in greece boats continue to arrive. well, al jazeera has reporters along the route and in the austrian border town. andrew simmons just outside of the hungarian capital, and rob reynolds standing by in munich. let's go to mohammed first of all in the austrian border town. mohammed, a lot of people there now have been walking literally for days to get there. many make the journey on foot, certainly parts of it.
>> aid distributions distribut distributors delivering food and blankets. it's quite cold here and if the journey for the refugees had not been difficult newspaper, no newspaper--enough, it is now raining as well. i want to show you the scene behind us. there are still hundreds of refugees. a lot of them have been given blankets. behind them let me step in again. they're very cold right now. and they're asking for more help. the refugees don't know if they'll be taken to vienna or salzburg. some left this area and went to find shelter because it is quite cold here. even though there is a probably
sense of relief, the fact of the matter is that they want to continue their journey, they want to get to some place warm, and they want to get out of the rain and the kids are quite fatigued. >> how many of them want to ultimately reach germany, and why is that scene such a desirable destination? >> everybody we have spoken to, the refugees from syria told me that they want to reach germany. now many have said that they're now starting to grow concern because of what they've seen in europe. they're growing concern that perhaps germany is not the land of opportunity that they believe it to be. but one of the reasons that they continue push onwards and try to get to germany is because
they've seen a stance from the germany government telling them that they'll be accepted there. still there is confusion as to where they'll be processed. how they will get to germany. even though the australian--even though the austrians have welcomed them here, the fact of the matter is that they just don't know exactly when they'll reach germany, and they're starting to grow more concerned by the hour. >> the latest there. thank you. >> andrew simmons is outside of the hungarian capital. tell us what is happening there. this is the lucky ones, they see themselves that way. who are the people in hungary trying to get out. >> when you last spoke to me, barbara, i was with 300 people on a march. well, they're now spread out on this platform the railway
station 20 meters outside of budapest. it's cold now. they are convinced that they will not get all the way to the border. they're not trusting of the authorities. they also realize that the situation with the marchs are now very different. a deal was being done involving the austrian chancellor, the germany chancellor and the hungarian prime minister. this is different. they realize that the hungarian government is back to where it was. it's not assisting them in anyway, shape or form. as you can see there is a line of police. i don't think they're going to obstruct them from getting on trains, but there are a number of trains going to border towns. what we're finding now is that
thousands, basically the situation at the border is that more and more people are headed to border towns. we may find a build up of refugees all along the border of various border towns that are along railway lines. the police are very much aware of this now, and there are concerns that they'll round refugees up and put them back in camps. there are a number of initiatives of people getting on trains and back in budapest there is a long list of issues to be dealt with. the station is still crowded with refugees. there are refugee camps overthrowing with people.
the issues are still there. the new legislation is in place. the government is intent on probably deploying the army on the southern border, and marc march 15th a wrath of new measures are proposed to turn refugee back on the border. >> thank you. and rob reynolds is in the german city of munich, and you're aware that a lot of these refugees from when they leave the coast of northern africa or the middle east and travel through europe. that's where they want to be. germany and munich. tell us about the welcome for the once who finally manage to get there. >> this is the goal of all the
desperate journeys. many of them attorney by war and violence of oppression. we're outside of the main railway station in munich. we've had difficult technical difficulties that made it difficult to film inside, but it's such a contrast from what andrew was describing. instead of dispirited and sad people, we have people who are very happy, really overjoyed. the welcome that they're getting is really quite something. they're applauding at each refugee goes through the process from a medical tent and boards a bus. as the buses pull out towards
the welcome centers where they'll be housed and sheltered, the crowd applaused. there are groups carrying european union flags and pictures of chancellor angela merk. people have been handing out soft toys teddy bears, chocolates for some of the kids among the refugees. it is a very warm welcome here. you can see the relief, the gladness that they have that even though there are still a lot of uncertainty, there is a lot of bureaucratic process that they have to go through and of course they're arriving many of them with literally just the shirts on their backs. they're at last in a country that is at peace, where measure' welcomed warmly. the process is going to be streamlined hopefully according to the governing coalition of
chance lore merkel, which is meeting on sunday. they want to revamp some of the rules to get the asylum process done quickly and also to set aside more money for refugee shelters. >> rob, if i could just jump in here. the germany government has said that they will give asylum to those who have escaped from the situation in syria. but do we have any idea as to what would happen to the so-called economic migrants? the people in those numbers who are not from syria, who are not from countries that are officially at war, i guess, do we have any idea what would happen to them? are we just not that far in the process yet? >> countries that are considered poor but are state countries, people are not in danger of
losing life or limb in a war situation or being violently politically oppressed. the government said that they will return those things back to safe countries of origin. there have been many tens of thousands of such migrants. they're not refugees or asylum seekers. there is a difference there. a large portion of the people who come over the border come from these so-called safe countries. that will be a considerable portion of the groups that are coming in who will, according to the german government, be sent back. they could simply slip into the shadows and live underground in germany, but the german government will return them and
encourage them not to return to the european union. >> rob, thank you. well, european politicians have met to discuss the crisis in luxembourg. the european union remains deeply divided on the issues. >> well, stephen ryan is a spokesman thank you for joining us. you must be very busy right now. first of all, paint a picture for us. you're working out of hungary. hungary has ended up being a bit of a bottleneck. what do you think the situation is like? >> thank you. i think the situation here continue to be extremely fluid.
each day continues to be well over 2,000 people that are entering the country. so although the bottleneck that you mentioned have been resolved in the last hours, this crisis is not over. there will still continue to be those who travel from greece, serbia, macedonia and austria and germany. there is a sense of positivity among the people who are on the move who feel last night's developments was a positive sign for them. >> many may leave hungary as many as coming in. we're seeing reports from greece a little later in the program. there are a lot of people who continue to arrive. so how prepared do you think
hungary has been. is it a lack of whether or resources as they welcome the refugees as they should be? >> well, i think its reasonable to say that if none of europe has been fully this level of population movement has been unprecedented. there have been extreme challenges within hungary to provide for these refugees and migrants over recent weeks, however, all of europe is trying to catch up from government to humanitarian organizations like the red cross, to the general public, who are all trying to provide best assistance wherever possible. in the last 24 hours red cross teams have been on the roadside but they're overnumbered by the public. for me this is something that is truly inspiring and something that i believe political leaders must be paying attention to. >> it will be interesting to see what kind of decisions the political leaders do come to when it comes to coordinating this in a more united way.
what do you think or what kind of leadership would you like to see come out of the e.u. to make the logistical process easier. to make life easier for organizations like yours who are on the front line dealing with all these refugees? >> the red cross and the national red cross has been responding from this crisis from the beginning, providing food, water and shelter in each country of transit. however, these are only urgent solution. they're only emergency resolutions. in the long term they need to be a collaborative effort, and without doubt there need to be more legal avenues. there remains no opportunity for someone who wishes to seek asylum in europe to do anything but to travel across the sea and cross by foot, car, bus or train, people will have to continue to make this journey at risk. one of the things that the red cross has been calling for is increased legal avenues between
countries in order to facilitate migration particularly for those who are at risk. >> stephen ryan from the international federation of red cross speaking to us from budapest. we really appreciate your time. thank you for having joined us. >> thank you. >> still lots more to come in the al jazeera news hour. including with unemployment on the raise and aid money propping up the economy, what does the future look liar for afghanistan? whaling season gets under way off the coast of japan. we'll be asking a leading conservation expert whether the operations of scientific claims are well-founded. and the first major shock in the men's events. details coming up.
>> the united emirates has declared three days of mourning for 45 soldiers killed on friday. >> they died during saudi-led operations against houthi rebels when a rocket hit an imagination. it's the single biggest loss of life from gulf soldiers in decades. five bahraini soldiers have been killed. unrest broke out after a double car bombing killed 36 people in the city on friday. the syrian government denies any involvement. >> well, the u.s. secretary of state has warned moscow that it's involvement in the syrian war could escalate the conflict. john kerry spoke to his russian counterpart over the phone to
express concerns that moscow has been enhancing it's military influence in syria. we have more now from washington, d.c. kimberly halkett, what else do we know? >> we know that a telephone call did take place between sergei lavrov and secretary of state john kerry. in it, as you point out, the secretary of state did express the united states' concern with what the state department is calling russia's enhanced military build up that has been taking place in recent days. the concern expressed by the state department is, in fact, that's reports are true, that thi this is troublesome in that it would escalate the conflict in the united states. it would lead to further loss of life, and it would also increase refugee flows. those are the picks that have been dominating the headlines in recent days. a concern expressed by the united states. now we do know that, in fact, the secretary of state has articulated that it is his wish
that there could be a further discussion about this at the united nations general assembly meeting that will take place later this month in new york at the united nations, of course that, is an annual meeting, and there are always bilateral conversations that take place in the sidelines. secretary of state john kerry said that he was concerned about all this, and something that he would does with his counterpart in new york later this month. >> is there talk in washington in light of this of the u.s. itself escalating it's military action in syria? i mean, we've just been talking about the refugee crisis in europe, now we see the syrian war in its fifth year and no end in sight. >> i think what the feeling is in washington given what you just said there, the very disturbing images in recent days is that these movements by the russian president, if, in fact, they're true, are very worrisome to many here in washington. the concern is that vladimir
putin is escalating or expanding his military support for bashar al-assad, the syrian president. the concern is that there have been troubling movements in recent days. the transport of housing unities, the syrian airfield, the fact that there has been a portable air traffic control to the syrian airfield, these are things that are followed very closely in washington. this is a counter to the u.s. effort that has been going on for some time now, that is to work with surrounding nations to find a diplomatic solution to this ongoing, and very bloody crisis. >> kimberly halkett with the latest from washington, d.c. kimberly, thank you. at least 13 iraqi soldiers have been killed in separate attacks by isil fighters. the assault happened at military positions north and south of ramadi. military sources say 40 iraqi soldiers were injured, pro
government forces are trying to retake the city which were seized by isil in may. well, staying in iraq, sunni tribes are cooperating with the shia led government and shia militias in the fight against isil. but for the algabora tribe, it's less about unity and more about fighting a common enemy. >> for seven months. it was the only town that isil was not able to capture. they faced fierce resistence. for men like dara ali abdullah, he and his men stood in the corner against them. >> we had a difficult choice. as they entered they would have destroy everything, including our dignity. our tribes, if we supported
isil, then the government would take revenge against us. >> months later, they got official status after they signed up to join shia-armed groups sunni tribes in iraq do in the speak with one voice. some pledge allegiance in isil. others don't trust the government in baghdad because of its sectarian policies. and then are those who don't want to be called government supporters but at the same time they say they're not enemies of the state. >> for now the tribe has agreed to partner with the government. they'll secure their own areas once the national guard is created, but the plan is opposed by many shia politicians. some sunnies are worried about an already weak state. the national guard is a good
project, but given units of independence means they become for powerful. >> the government's outreach to describes is working here, but beyond the town's borders there is a reality that some fear. >> we need a civil state. not a religious state, not a tribal state. we should build a proper army. now each area has an army, and this is the officers stone to divide iraq. >> the mistrust between the people and the government is still deep. many were members of former presidents of saddam hussein's army, who were not given a place in the new iraq. and they blame the government for pursuing a sectarian agenda. >> we lost faith in the government. many of us living in iraq are sunnies. when we fought isil, they were too late. >> the people here are proud
that some of the men on the front lines were from other sects. a common enemy brought them together. apart from hope there is little to suggest that this town will become a model for coexistence and national unity. >> the sunday's election in guatemala is overshadowed by allegations of corruption by the former president. accused of being part of a scam in which importers paid bribes to avoid customs duties. the judge is expected to decide on tuesday whether to order a trial. we're live now from guatemala city. considering everything that has been going on, the election is actually still going to go on. how will they make that work? >> it's a very split opinion as guatemalans try to come to
terms. there are some who are saying that the elections should have been postponed to allow for massive electoral reform as a way to try to avoid some of these corruption scandals. others are saying that the electoral process must continue, and they need to replace the former president, who is now in prison possibly awaiting trial, and that they need to choose a new president who can take over in january. this is going to be a second round of elections probably at the end of october. they're putting their faith in that electoral process to enhance the stability of the country in what i say has been a very turbulent week. >> do people feel in the past week there has been a turning point when it comes to irradicating allegations of corruption? >> i think they do. one of the reasons why he
stepped down was the months and months of protest, people turning out in rallies on the streets on a regular basis. the people here are proud of themselves, pleased in a way that they've been part of this process of getting rid of who they see to be a corrupt president, the former vice president stepped down, and others who are involved in the corruption scandals are fearing for their future. many see it as a positive move to rebuild stability here and spread democracy in guatemala. >> it will be an interesting election to follow. thank you. still lots more to come on the al jazeera news hour including the modern day problems of putting people off a trip to the ancient past. plus tom brady breaks his silence after being cleared by a
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>> the top stories on al jazeera. the first train carrying a thousand refugees from hungary has arrived in the german city of munich. authorities are accepting up to 10,000 more people in the coming hours. all of this as politicians meet in luxembourg to discuss the immigration crisis. they will settle on distributi distributionmigrants. let's go back to our top story, and that is the influx of refugees into europe. one of the main pressure points to the refugee crisis is the greek island of lesbos. it is thought that there are at
least 15,000 refugees on the island at the moment. >> hundreds sometimes thousand land on the shores of lesbos every day. they arrive on over crowded boats on turkey. the majority are syrians. often entire families are on the move, distressed and tired. >> i didn't want to leave, but these are my children. they stopped going to school and university. there is no more life. only fear. we had no choice. >> a few meters away another boat on the horizon. and another and one more. this rubber dinghy's engine was broken, so they were adrift. we heard them call for shout. for a moment, there is an outburst of joy. but there is also so much anxiety.
in a faint voice this woman said, i'm scared. no one cares about us. >> we have no value any more. we have become a commodity, and people make money off our back. we are a trading commodity. >> the entire northeast coast of this island looks like this now. pile after pile of life jackets discarded by the refugees as soon as they touch land. but there are some personal belongings, a tiny little life jacket. one can just imagine the baby on board. and then sheer the rubber dinghy they came across with. they come through and puncture it because they are afraid of being sent back to turkey, when actually there is no one here to assist them. so they walk and walk. the closest camp and registration center is about 40 kilometers away. >> i was expecting the police to help us out for the first night. we don't have food or water.
i never thought my life would turn out this way. there is no other way to reach europe but through smuggling. we're obliged to take this route to survive. >> it's too exhausting for these brothers. they fled idlib because their parents could in the guarantee their safety. >> i tell them that we're traveling for a better life. but i never knew it was be so hard. had i known it would have stayed in syria under the bombs. it's less humiliating. but now it's too late. >> the number of people in lesbos is about 25,000 people. the island cannot cope any more has been asked for emergency funding. it's a long process. tensions often flare. and for the new arrivals the only option is to wait their turn before continuing their journey across europe. >> we can cross live to lesbos.
hoda, you were mentioning in your package that they had asked for emergency funding. any inning? any knowledge if that might be coming? if not, how are they coping? >> well, at the moment there is no sign of that coming, and i have to say that the situation is deteriorating by the day for several reasons. the refugees are tired, they're exhausted, they're emotionally drained, and they have no facilities whatsoever available for them. just behind me you'll see that they set up some tents to sleep. this is where they're going to spend the night. spending the night like this for days sometimes. earlier i was standing in the street, and this young man came to me, and he was screaming and shouting. he said all i want is a shower. all i want is to be able to go to the toilet. that is how bad the situation here. unless you're register and you have that paper that allows them to go further on on their trip
to take that ferry to athens you cannot even check in with a hotel, whether you have money or not. you cannot do anything. basically live as this person told me. they're tired from what they've been through. extremely worried about what is ahead. they say the longer we stay here the more money we lose, and they soon they won't be able to reach their final destination. mostly syrians, this is an extremely difficult situation. and it is an extremely difficult situation for the local authorities and for the residents here. they've been looking at their island overwhelmed by people coming in every day. nobody knows the exact number. i was told the reality is that they don't know how many people are here. and there are simply no facilities. it is an extremely tense
situation. >> hoda. you're talking about how exasperated the people are, and yet, they have a very long journey ahead of them. i wonder the difficulties in hungary and some of the borders being closed. how much of that is filtering down to the people you speak to in lesbos? >> well, they do know of the situation. they do hear, and they do keep doctor they are aware of what's happening. a lot of them would tell you we heard that over the last two days everybody has been contributing to what is happening further north into europe. nobody is looking at us here. i think there is disappointment because when you see them arriving on that beach, they are so happy in the beginning. they finally made it into europe. well, they first experience into europe is an extremely difficult
one. they always ask, how long would it take us to reach germany? where are the difficulties? is this going to happen then? are we going to be stopped again? why does no one want us. they're extremely, extremely worried. the longer they wait here in the baking sun by the side of the street, not knowing where to go, rarely eating, rarely there is water distribution. there is absolutely nothing going on they simply don't know. they think this is the worse situation. once they get on the ferry to athens then they think that things will be easier. there is a huge waiting line in
macedonia. the macedonian authorities are trying to organize that, they organize them in groups of 50 who are allowed to go in, take the train to cross macedonia into serbia, but at the moment they're concentrating on what is happening here. behind me there were some people sleeping next to the port. the police came and tried to gem them out of the port. they started marching, they were booed not only by local residents but by other refugees who are worried that if these contentions continue then everything will be blocked and they may have to return to turkey. there is a lot of worry, and it's having a huge emotional toll on these people. i met a widow. her husband died in homs. she had a tiny baby. she was alone. she was sitting on the side of the street next to a huge pile of garbage, and she said, i'm
just going to try to stay here, be calm, and hope if i behave well, i'll be able to get on that ferry. earlier in the day there were people blocking the road. the local residents were angry. then there were continued successful between the different groups of refugees. riot police came in, pushed everybody back, they calmed down and then it starts again. >> very heartbreaking and complex situation. hoda, thank you so much for explaining it to us so clearly. thank you. >> now the number of tourists . >> horses that should be out
pulling carriages are standing idle at the start of the peak season. the gorge used to be bustling with tourists down to the ruins the treasury. but western tourists have been hesitant to come here. officials say that the drop in tourism is based on the misconception that jordan isn't safe. >> we were worried before we left, but we did a little research, and everything on the internet said that everything was positive. since we've been here we've had nothing but welcoming people everywhere and absolutely no hassle. >> this area in front of the treasury was usually packed with tourists taking pictures and
queuing for camel rides. the number of tourists visiting has dropped by 80% since 2011. people living around hearsay the last year has been the worst with as few as 40 tourists visiting the ruins on some days. the residents who rely on tourism say that they're suffering. >> i used to make more than $400 a day in camel rides. now if i'm lucky i make $30, that's just enough to feed and look after my camels. >> some go as far as blaming embassies that have issued advisories against traveling to jordan. >> we're looking at the least sensitive markets for us. the largest markets to make sure
that they come back sooner than later. >> in. >> ten hotels have been forced to shut down, and 1,800 hotel employees have been laid off over the last year. but many who live and work in this region hope that the beauty and safety, will once again bring tourists to this ancient land. al jazeera. >> japan has begun the annual event that it refers to as research whaling operations off the coast. this year it plans to carry out research on 51 whales. despite a global ban on commercial whaling, japan offers a provision that allows whales to be killed for scientific purposes. we go to whale conservation experts with greenpeace. thank you for joining us here on al jazeera. you're not sold on this scientific purposes idea. explain to us why.
>> well, no, it's not for science. the purpose in catching whales is to sell the meat and keep the whaling industry alive. >> but they say its research to see how the whales feed itself and that which in itself would help to maintain the whale population. >> there isn't a scientist in the world outside of closed body of whaling scientists in japan that actually believes you need to kill whales in order to find this kind of stuff out. we have loads of scientific tools. there are thousands studying whales without hammering them aall let alone killing them. >> the u.n.'s international court of justice ruled a few months ago last year that the japanese government had to stop its whaling program, but this is off the coast of japan. how hard would it be to stop them from doing this, assuming that the whole scientific issue could be disputed? >> well, the whole scientific
issue can be disputed. it's just a scam. in order to stop it the japanese government grants the permit to itself. they need to stop granting the permits or another country has to step up and take them to world court again. >> there are some moving--japan argues this is for scientific purposes, but obviously it's a wider debate, and some people would say it's part of the cultural tradition to eat whale the way some cultures eat beef. are the whales an endangered species by which this would harm the whales? is there any point to that argument. >> one population is actually in decline and the international whaling commission is concerned about its survival. and unfortunately, the kind of whale looks the same as the other kind, so they're caught together in the hunt, so this is in trouble.
>> it's hard to distinct between which whales are endangered and which one aren't. >> not until they're dead. then it's not much use then. >> do you have any hope that they would impose anything on the waters? how would you see any kind of resolution to this? >> japan is usually a good global citizen. japan tries to do the right thing internationally. but whale something very strange. it's run by an international body yet japan defines that body. it's just not what they would normally do. >> out of character. >> an aberration. >> we'll have to leave it there. senior campaigner with green peace. thank you for joining us. >> thank you for having me. >> japanese comic books known as manga are popular and now spreading to some of the most unlikely places. we have reports from a library in senegal.
>> this 11-year-old girl reads the manga series. it features the pictures of a young japanese girl who lived in hiroshima in the 1930s before the bomb was dropped. >> i realit really like this book because of the adventure and the drawings. sometimes i see myself in the character. it is fun. >> finding manga in senegal is almost impossible. yet there is an increasing cap tight from young leaders for these stories. last year, an avid reader of comics with an extensive collection opened her house to the comic. now it's a comic book in manga library. >> i put a message on facebook saying people could come and borrow books. there was a wave of inquiry, and
the interest in reading just continues to grow. >> they come after school, on weekends, some even have them home delivered. >> there are plenty of japanese mangas. belgium and american comic books here. but there is one thing lacking, african stories made by africans. tired of telling the stories of other people's culture, malik moved back to senegal after working in india's animation industry. now he's trying to make african magna animations. here they're working on the stories of a young senega senegalese girl. she's in trouble for hanging out with street musicians in her neighborhood. it turns out they're not so bad after all. the moral of the story: don't judge a book by its cover. >> it's not just fairy tales. it's just how to be, how to behave in this part of society in. >> unlike western comic heroes,
manga characters are often shy and vulnerable, but they always rise to the occasion. the courage displayed in these timeless stories continue to feed children's imaginations no matter where they're from. >> afghanistan's government believes the country can recover from decades of conflict to become an important economic hub. the country's president said that structural reforms will help move afghanistan from being an economy of reliant on foreign aid to one that benefits from commercial investment and trade. still ahead on the program we'll have sport including wayne rooney who goes level with england's all-time leading goalscorer. details coming up next.
>> now for all the sports news. >> thank you very much. luis hamilton will start sunday's italian grand prix from poll position the britain recorded his seventh consecutive poll just one behind the record of his idol. robert adams reports. >> after dominating for most of the season and posting the quickest time in all practice sessions it was no surprise when hamilton once again topped the time sheets on saturday. the championship leader giving his mercedes team something to
smile about driving his seventh consecutive poll in 11 races. >> they've done a fantastic job on both sides of the garage. big thanks to the guys at the factory who made improvements to the engine and it's a big step for us here. >> rosberg was forced to use an old engine and he paid the price. the germany who was second quickest could only manage fourth place this time around. the ferrari duo capitalized on rosberg's engine troubles. raising hopes of a first win on their home track since 2010. >> we had many good laps. it's been awhile.
it's nice to be here. >> he already has two wins. few would bet against the world champion extending his lead in the standings. al jazeera. >> roger federer has won in the third round of the u.s. open. the swiss winning in straight sets. his old rival raphael nadal is out. the national was beat no one five sets on fray. the nadal had been two sets up at one stage and the first time he has ever lost a match in a grand slam event in such a position. qualifiers being played on saturday. russia had a new coach in charge, and he marked with a win over sweden. ukraine are level on points with
lifted about. the star was reduced after--the star released a statement on his facebook page: >> now, it's game on in hong kong with some of the word's top players playing in the biggest tournament in the city. hoping that it could put hong kong on the world professional dance circuit. >> a world class line up led by phil taylor and a crowd who appreciates talent. a special constructed venue, hong kong's waterfront has been given over to a game not normally associated with east asia. born out of an european pub
culture of beer and bravado, it is a reputation that is difficult to shake. balanced with the steely nerves of the players hong kong has reason to cheer it's own heroes. when scott mackenzie teamed up with roy lamb, they won earlier this year making the dart world sit up and take notice. >> we're proud of that. >> we are seeing more young players coming through, and their standards are improving. when we have more players at international competition in the future. >> it's hoped that this event is a success. hong kong will next year become an official leg of this world tour that now has stages in the middle east, australia and japan. the international reach for a game that has moved air beyond it's beginnings. it might lack the standard of
players, but hong kong's fans are world class. evidence the annual rugby 7s tournament that brings out devoted crowds that are dedicated to partying and support. a crowd made for darts. >> it's an amazing leveler. darts. it doesn't matter if you're in a huge company or you work in a corner shop. everyone has the same enjoyment. everyone gets into the sport and loves it. >> if you already have the fans, the sport takes care of itself. >> that's all your sport for now. more later. >> love darts. thank you. much more on that and everything else we've been covering on our website www.aljazeera.com. from me, lauren taylor will have more news for you in a few minutes. i'll see you tom.
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