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this is date of a new news line from the land police and protesters clashed on the streets of hong kong of offices use tear gas and water cannon against the demonstrators earlier some of the protesters occupied and set up barricades at a university campus also coming out. and ultimatum to the czech prime minister sell your business interests or step down around a quarter of a 1000000 people turned out trying to demonstrate against all andre baddish as checks month 30 his since the fall of communism.
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i'm a backer it is welcome to the program we begin in hong kong where there have been fresh clashes between pro-democracy demonstrators and police the protesters barricaded hong kong's polytechnic university as part of a week long campaign and at disrupting traffic and hitting the local economy riot police fired tear gas in a bid to clear the demonstrators who threw petrol bombs and started fires on the street chinese troops were deployed in the city for the 1st time since the protests began. another assault on the voices of protest police fire tear gas at protesters occupying hong kong's polytechnic university and blocking nearby roads massed demonstrators hurl molotov cocktails and response the street battle pits water. cannon against fire bombs and armored trucks against
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umbrellas and police claim protesters shot arrows at them injuring one officer in the leg. the protesters are showing themselves to be skillful tacticians this week they moved away from flash mob demos to occupying universities and blocking the city's key traffic arteries the polytechnic is the last university held by protesters by barricading themselves in they have succeeded in closing down the city's cross harbor tunnel connecting the mainland and the hong kong island. we want the city to go on strike at the hong kong polytechnic university we can occupy the cross harbor tunnel so it can help to achieve the school and we could also block highways and other major roads in the area where the roads are right and the hong kong polytechnic university our major roads and they could be blocked to help us achieve the strike. the
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protesters are trying to quote squeeze the economy and it's working the city is in recession for the 1st time in a decade but their actions are dividing public opinion with many residents irritated by the disruption. on saturday chinese soldiers emerged from their barracks in sports gear to help clear barricades on the streets it was the army's 1st deployment in hong kong since protests began 5 months ago and it's both a warning and a p.r. move aimed at those fed up with the chaos but protesters still have sympathy from some locals angry with the government. and more and more yet on how long and. i think no one in hong kong would be happy when they see this and i can go a long time and other things are just broken and it affects a lot of people's daily lives. in the end it's because of this bad
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government and i think otherwise the process won't come out and do these very violent things. to come. with protesters vowing to carry their campaign of civil disobedience into next week and neither side willing to back down normality in hong kong seems a distant prospect. the czech republic has been marking 30 years since the velvet revolution a popular uprising that brought an end to communist rule but 3 decades on the come countries later is contending with a public push back. prime minister and brain damage has been gained by protesters in prague as he laid a race to the anniversary on saturday about a quarter of the name painful demonstrated in the city calling for banished to sell his business interests to resign opposition groups and the billionaire prime minister profited from his political office. and joining me from
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prague the capital of czech republic day don't you correspondent jonathan crane jonathan today's the 30th anniversary of the cycle tell the revolution what's been happening so far. well major events on the way across the city not just actually here in prague across the whole country flash point from the protests 30 years ago of course a crackdown on students back then it will culminate i went to the square behind me as you can see there will be a consider here later a concert for the future it's called featuring some famous musicians also some political activists but the political events took place earlier today at the national museum of events hosted by the prime minister on trade stands to be dedicated to evening and exhibition to the velvet revolution but of course. acknowledge those protests as you mentioned he was heckled earlier when he laid a commemoration wreath now he basically said look i thank you everyone for
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expressing your opinions on the future of this country but he said that actually we should be grateful this is the most free we've had in the czech republic the most free period in the country's history and i see things are going very well but he. said being a member of the communist party that's not a surprise he said he wasn't proud of that he said he wished he had more courage to rise up and protest like some of the other people at the time but obviously. he has also been accused of being a secret spying for the secret police back then he accused he denies all those allegations but actually the overall tone of his speech today was quite conciliatory we mentioned some of the protesters we saw about a quarter of a 1000000 and protests on the street yesterday one of the people calling for. well if they want him to either give up his conflict of interest racing to his conglomerate agra fair or resign if he doesn't do any of those things they say they will step up their protests they will find more innovative ways to protest because
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. one of the country's richest people and he's put his trust friends his critics accuse mr profiting from that from benefiting from the business being able to influence it as prime minister even the european union is investigating and it's expected to release the results of that investigation they said this year now. says this is a witch hunt i think it's very poignant 30 years on from the 4 of communism that we're having this conversation because for many people this is a bittersweet day you have people who are obviously glad that the communist era is over that chapter in their country's history is close but they are worried that some of those powerful freedoms are being lost on the other hand you have people who perhaps say that they were better off on the communism they don't feel that actually their lives improved from what they've been promised hasn't actually met those people that actually vote for bobby she said trying to them with some of his populist policies and the party is polling around 30 percent so there you have
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these waves of protest pacifically in prague elsewhere in the country bobbish remains very popular and sort of can be very difficult to dislodge him even if he gives up his business interests as you say john crane in the czech capital prague thank you. let's turn now to some of the other stories making news around the world or far teams in iran have blocked internet access and say they'll respond forcefully to quell protests across the country at least one person has been killed and many others injured in clashes between police and protesters angered by a hike in fuel prices. because former defense minister got to buy out rajapaksa has won the country's presidential election well wishes gathered at his home to congratulate him it's the south asian nations 1st major poll since it was rocked by easter sunday bombings that killed more than 250 people. the u.s. and south korea have agreed to postpone military drills in
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a bid to move the peace process with north korea forward washington deny that the decision was another concession to pyongyang north korea had objected to the drills even bar they've been scaled back. germany's green party is in the opposition for now but polls show them nipping at the heels of under merkel's conservatives and there's a good chance they could find themselves in government after germany's next elections increased concern over climate change is largely responsible for their newfound popularity but the party's co-leaders have also done their share of uniting and expanding the party's base and they've been re-elected at the party's annual conference. flowers for the winner the greens reelected are now in a bear book as co-leader with 97 point one percent of the votes thanks to you i accept the result i'm speechless and close to tears thank you. no leader of the greens has ever been elected by such
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a margin before in her acceptance speech stressed the goal of achieving a carbon neutral economy and society. the most enough is that what we have to assure that the ecological transformation is the social ecological transformation that works for all people for all people in this society 30 delegates also reelected told the topic their books partner in leadership he told delegates he wants to open the greens to wider electorate. here too 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 most of the a couple of the questions remain unanswered 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 as. it should be exposed are you we are growing into a new role and that is not just to participate in government but to provide
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leadership. so down our mix. the greens have become visions but they remain weak in germany c. eastern states and in areas where voters fear climate action will hurt local industries many voters still see the greens of lead to swear detached from ordinary voters concerns. and. caught up with after her re-election. 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 2 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 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
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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 track we heard from your colleague as well yesterday robert habeck speaking about the and of the merkel era 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 for so many proposals on the floor with regard to the european union especially investing into the future of the european union and germany has been very reluctant over the last year and this is 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
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in the question of. policy where the most of the money goes into it and lives. and looking ahead now is 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 in 2021 and we focus on the question which around the table right now thank you very much. some sports now in a major upset in men's tennis at the season ending tournament in london steffen else to think us has defeated roger federer in the semi as of the a.t.p. finals the 21 year old grey cruz passed federal winning 63646 a purposeful finds austrian dominic king in the final on sunday. and the soka germany has sealed their place at euro 20 twentieth's for a 4 nil win of
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a bellerose rivals the netherlands also confirmed their qualification with the walking lives side now poised to clinch top spot in tuesday's game with northern ireland croatia and austria also went through. germany had been in the driving seat long before mature students are open to scoring in the 41st minutes the club but not showing any zone stadium you live side's lead was doubled just after half time smashing home this time to give germany some breathing space veteran midfielder tony close out of the 3rd in the 55th minute the real madrid filled it with a neat finish from the edge of the area and close out of the 2nd with 10 minutes to go the 2014 world cup winner now has 17 goals for his country. it's great to score some goals but it's more important that we can enjoy this as a team you could see that it can get or could that's the way it is in these types of games until the 1st goal goes in the doors were going to be a job done for germany who could now. find shooting their preparations ahead of
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