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did you ever think that. this is the news live from bergland one year of anger in the streets of friends demonstrations across the country mark the anniversary of the gallows best movement police responded with water cannon and tear gas as fires and violence erupt and parents also coming up germany's dream awaits the green party is surging in the polls thanks in part to its popular pair at the top in the greens eventually step into uncle americal shoes. plus a much anticipated presidential election in the sri lanka despite fears of violence
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the vote goes off relatively peacefully but national security was a campaign issue just months after the devastating easter sunday attack. i'm calling aspen welcome to the program a fiery anniversary today in france as yellow vest protesters mark one year of their grassroots movement there were demonstrations today across france including in paris where violence flared police used water cannon and tear gas to disperse the crowds the movement's has waned recently with far fewer people turning up for the weekly marches but still one year on activists insist they won't give up. then numbers have dropped since they peach last year but france's yellow vest protesters are still determined to take a stand against. quality and high living costs the movement's 1st anniversary saw
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the now familiar confrontation with riot police on the streets of paris. i couldn't even breathe there was some much tear gas if the guy from mcdonald's hadn't opened the door for me i'd be on my way to hospital these imbeciles keep firing tear gas at as guys it. yellow vests want to make it clear to president emanuel macron that they haven't gone away a new poll shows more than half the french population support them. we're still in exactly the same place but we won't give up we will fight for apaches think power for them to stop imposing taxes on us the little ones because we're fed up of dying in silence. what are. has been coming here every saturday from the beginning and as you can see we're good to go on for a 2nd yeah because there's nothing nothing nothing and yet you are young. despite these latest disturbances the movement has lost momentum that's partly because mike
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ross softened his stance and offered billions in state aid and tax cuts he also scrapped plans for a massively unpopular increase in fuel tax but more on rest is likely before the year is out unions of called must strikes early next month to protest against proposed pension reforms. or let's get more now from correspondent lisa lewis trees in paris for us following this story lisa we saw that some of those violent images of the demonstrations so far today i mean 1st just give us a sense what's the situation like right now i mean how big are these protests and who is out in the streets today. well there are dozens of protests in places across france also him paris protesters clashing have been clashing with police probably thousands of people here in paris and tens of thousands across france as you said that's not really that much compared to how many people turned
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out at the very beginning of this movement the movement about a year ago now who are they it's very difficult to say but when you look at the pictures it looks like it's a mix of different people black books and of his but also moderate yellow versus specially in the country so here to underline that they're still there that there's still this unhappiness with how france has been governed at this very moment that they're still not happy with the government over the past year the yellow vests they've claims of victory as a present to reforms he was forced to repeal the fuel tax which triggered the movement in the 1st place how has this movement reshaped france now in one year. well it has reshaped the country in that it's very clear that many people are quite unhappy with you know that reform program that the government is having and continuing therefore obviously retracted on certain measures just as you said
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they've drawn that very controversial fuel tax at the government also for example increased the minimum wage to pay these protesters anger but the underlying reforms are continuing so when you look to look at $1.00 recent poll for example more than 50 percent of the french are still in favor are still there they still understand the anger and the frustration of this movement whereas at that same poll there is also saying that more than 60 percent of the french want the protests to stop so it's very clear that this country is still continuing it is reform movement but that many people here are very unhappy about that and very happy about you know the bigger picture basically that it's a capitalistic country in that they're not enough social measures being put in place the numbers have dwindled but now we're hearing that some protesters plan to run for local office next year what comes next for this movement will become more
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political. well it's very difficult to see how this movement can be represented on a political level if you look back at the european elections early this year there were at least 2 lists of yellow vest protesters but none of them actually managed to capture enough enough votes to send someone to brussels as a lawmaker says very unlikely that the local elections early next year will show a different result this is really a movement on the ground it's not a movement that wants to be represented in parliament i did abuse lisa louis and paris for us thank you very much. well germany's greens have been riding a wave of support that's made them the country's 2nd most popular party and a force to be reckoned with in the next national election one big factor in that support is growing concern over the climate and environmental issues another is the party's co-leaders a dynamic duo that has united the party and expanded its base. flowers for
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the winner the greens reelected an early in a bear book as co-leader with 97 point one percent of the vote thank you i accept the result i'm speechless and close to tears thank you no leader of the green says ever been elected by such a margin before in her acceptance speech babcock stressed to call officiating a carbon neutral economy and society. to mislead us we have to assure that the ecological transformation is a social ecological transformation that works for all people for all people in this society thank you delegates also reelected topic their books partner in leadership he told delegates he wants to open the greens to wider electorate. do from me we can't allow ourselves to be rigid we have to listen to legitimate criticism and always be ready to talk to everybody thought
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a couple of the questions remain and. answered should to greens propose a candidate for chancellor in the next election and who should that be but it was clear that the party feels ready to govern. its various foods i mean we are growing into a new role and that is not just to participate in government but to provide leadership . sort them out. by reelecting babycham topic germany's greens have demonstrated confidence that they have to leaders to meet the challenge. brady caught up with babcock after her relaunch. thank you for joining us today the greens are still flying high in the polls here in germany in 2nd position what do you plan to do to make sure that the party can keep that momentum going ahead of the 2021 election to keep on going what we have tried in the last 3 years that we didn't look at what are the others doing the social democrats or the conservatives and just. reacting to their proposal about bringing our own proposal with regard to
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fair housing in cities which is a big problem in germany with regard to the economy and the question how do we get our economy carbon free and the question especially of rural areas we have tried to put in the middle of our politics and who are quite successful not everyone in the last election is going to try to keep on following this train we heard from your colleagues as well yesterday robot back speaking about the and of the medical error that's upon us how do you see the green party shaping the future of germany in the future of germany's role in terms of on the international stage but also specifically in the european union. we need definitely more european engagement where so many proposals on the floor with regard to the european union is specially investing into the future of the european union and germany has been very reluctant over the last year and this is
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a big problem and that's why we for example propose that they have to be a big fun course in the european union investment of infrastructure but also making the banking system secure against the next crisis. and to engage also in the question of agricultural policy. where most of the money goes into it. and looking ahead now it's the 1000000 euro question right now do you see yourself as the next chancellor of germany while this is not already paid because we don't even have the election coming up it's supposed to be 2021 and we focus on the question which on the table right now thank you very much. will the polls have closed in sri lanka where people have been voting for a new president it's a tight race between the 2 front runners the 1st is former defense secretary go to . oversaw the defeat of tamil separatists and years ago the 2nd government minister
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premadasa fears that election day violence might keep voters at home turned out to be unfounded only minor sporadic incidents reported and turnout was high at around 80 percent. sri lankans faced the longest ballot paper in the country's history with 35 candidates lying to be the next president turnout was high and one of the main concerns a very security. we need someone who can come forward to safeguard our people. just 7 months ago are terrorists attacked 3 churches and 3 luxury hotels in the country's capital colombo on easter sunday killing more than 250 people the bombings lead to resentment against muslim communities fears of violence and had a severe impact on the country's vital tourism industry the government admitted to
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failure of the intelligence services and that's believed to be behind the current president's decision not to seek another term. there are 2 clear front runners in this election former defense secretary. who served under his brother's presidency his tough stance on security has garnered him support his rival dasa has also toughened his line on the fence. but other issues such as equality for ethnic minorities and employment are also playing on for it his mind's results are expected on sunday or monday depending on whether one candidate gets 50 percent of the very. well in sierra leone soldiers have found a novel way to tackle post-traumatic stress disorder and the country still shaped by a traumatic civil war and the bowl outbreak some soldiers are using yoga to help put the past behind them you create problems for your. people why do you do.
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yoga mats fit young people in sports kit and a charismatic instructor but this is no ordinary yoga class these are sierra leonean soldiers and they're confronting a dark past. i still get i'm still traumatized but i am now able to control it because of how you're going to transform me you know i'm a new person sierra leonean society because deep scars civil war raged in the 1990 s. and 2000 rebel groups recruited young children as fighters in 2014 bowler struck thousands lost their lives or their loved ones the mental wounds linger on. using yoga to manage depression and trauma is the brainchild of army sergeant felix and move. by
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a new guy think. you don't always think about what's hot spots you think the present moment i just want to always. forget about what's gone ya know you saw a lot quite a long day. think about what you are presently doing. yoga was virtually unknown in sierra leone but a u.s. study convinced the army it could help x. competence with depression and p.t.s.d. . they've come up to see this you guys really good it makes also forget about what we've been seeing want to have been doing 5 years after the yoga project started here it is providing respite for many long term it provides them with the hope of a path to recovery. finally. watching t.v. news live from berlin up next is our documentary series doc film as it enters the
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