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but everyone has the right. everyone has the rights. this is deja vu news live from berlin tonight they dissented and they disappear to death squads in the former soviet republic of bela russa's silence of political opposition in a b w news exclusive we'll hear from this man who says he was one of the killers why is he talking now and can we believe what he said is also coming up protestors in the
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indian capital delhi torch of vehicles and clash with police condemning as anti muslim a new bill offering amnesty to religious minorities from neighboring countries. i bring coffee it's good to have you with us we begin tonight with a story of death squads that allegedly silence the voices of dissent in the name of the president known as europe's last dictator in the former republic of belarus 3 opposition politicians disappeared without a trace 20 years ago bella ruse has been ruled by president alexander lukashenko for more than 2 decades his tight grip on power enabled by his pro russia stance and his 0 tolerance for dissent now the missing men include a former interior minister this man you see right here yuri go there was
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speculation at the time that the president had ordered his and others assassinations now in an exclusive interview w. news has spoken with a man who says that he was a member of the death squad that murdered. yuri graff ski is living in a central european country and is seeking asylum there in a deitsch avella exclusive he tells us about his time in a regime death squad in belarus and reveals new details about a series of crimes. a number of opposition politicians in belarus disappeared 2 decades ago and it's still not known what happened to them on the evening of may the 7th 1909 yuri's a her ankle parked his car here near the old fire house in minsk and was never seen again. at that time the former interior minister was a leading figure in the opposition. was on her ankle and his supporters wanted to
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prevent the country descending into dictatorship and to remove president alexander look at. location go had organized and won 2 controversial referendums to expand his powers and neutralize parliament. since then has ruled the country alone belarus is considered the last dictatorship in europe. this reenactment of the murder of your is a harangue who is based on statements made exclusively to us t w by your acre of ski 4 members of a special military unit abducted and shots of her uncle dead in a forest gorecki tells us he was one of them and an accomplice to the crime and that as a member of the armed forces he had no choice 20 years later he has a message for the harangue close family. here but. i offer my sincere condolences. i took part in the murder.
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i offer you my apologies. i can show you the burial site on a map the rest is up to you and bella rue says law enforcement system. is a horrendous family is living in exile in the german town of minister his eldest daughter yelena hears from us for the 1st time details of her father's abduction and murder she calls the informant a man without a conscience. it's a new and. evil gets its nose about him it's about the entire system of. course and you just said one can't blame him people are dependent on the system not that you must die if they post you commit bloody crimes in its name. every autumn a vigil is held in minsk in honor of you resign and the other opposition politicians who disappeared. he says he also knows what happened to them so perhaps after 2 decades the truth about the regime death squads in belarus is about to come
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to light. or that story produced by my colleague here w. news investigative reporter christiane. it's good to see you this is a fascinating story how did you run across a couple of weeks ago mr greste you wrote an e-mail to have as russian department is obviously a frequent user of our programs in russian and that mail he claims to have important insights into these disappearances cases 20 years ago in his home country and then we set up an investigative teams for team 4 of us russian natives with the strong knowledge of the country and of the region and me responsible for the t.v. production that's how we started working on it and obviously knowing the history just below reuss you know you have to go when suspicious and. what did you do to verify his story to make sure he was telling you the truth 1st of all we checked
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his identity is he really the person he pretends to be we did some database research on that and also some inquiries on the ground in his hometown minsk then we met him several times and we did fall long very long interviews working even minor contradiction contradictions in what he was telling us about these cases and we reworked it and we presented the final evidence to some experts there were a few of them in europe who are familiar. with these cases and then we decided to go public in so you were able to build up a level of trust why do you think he is telling this story now. yuri told us that he wanted to go clear that he wanted to remove a stone from his so fair enough but the whole time we were working with him we had the feeling that there might be more behind his motivation perhaps even someone a person in belarus who might have told him to flee this country to seek asylum in
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a western country and then go public but we this is mere speculation we never could find could trace any facts we could have used in our reporting but we don't say where he is but we know that he is somewhere here in western europe seeking asylum you know. these revelations if they are true what does that mean where is this story going to lead us the council of europe has already conducted an investigation years ago and that 2004 report they speak about the investigators of a code conspiracy of high ranking below russian officials and i think it's possible that the general assembly of the council in strasburg now reopened the minsk file we have some information tonight that the those left behind the families of the victims are already creating putting pressure on the politicians to reopen the file
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in what wages a christian what we're going to need the broader political implications for bill a ruse a ruse is somewhat of a pariah anyways i mean can it get worse for the country the country is pretty isolated in your rope and in the past 23 years president look or shango was working hard on breaking this chain and finding partners in europe again these efforts by this new evidence we have might snow all be in jeopardy and find or do or could have been closed for him we will see christiane for there's always christiane thank you fascinating story. and for more on this story check out d w dot com and our youtube chat that's g w documentary here's some of the other stories now that are making headlines around the world british prime minister boris johnson has welcomed his party's 1st time in peace to westminster there are 109 new conservative lawmakers thanks to the party's landslide victory in last week's election the new parliament will sit for the 1st
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time on tuesday the government says it will introduce johnson's break deal for discussion on friday the architect of france's controversial pension reform has resigned over alleged conflicts of interest john paul deliveries departure comes 12 days into nationwide strikes against his plans which aim to plug the chronic deficit in the pension system this is a blow to president emanuel mccrone whose government remains the walked in a standoff with tribute as. well there have been more violent protests in india over a contentious new citizenship law at the legislation provides a fast track to citizenship for refugees from bangladesh pakistan and afghanistan but it excludes muslims critics say that undermines the constitutional right of equality for everyone opposition has been especially strong in india's northeastern state of us some but unrest has spread to other parts of the country in the capital
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delhi police clashed today with students. delhi riot police fire a volley of tear gas. and their target student protesters holed up inside the capital's prestigious jimmy a 1000000 islamic university there demanding that their government resend a contentious new citizenship law. critics say the law discriminates against muslims by only granting indian citizenship to non muslim refugees from neighboring countries. after trading rocks at the police. the student demonstrators finally surrender with their hands aloft. and are ushered onto busses destination unknown. property to some people. and we have what. it believes the. tensions were running high across india
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buses were burned during protests in the capital disrupting public life in. the. hundreds marched in opposition to the new law. some here about retribution should the government ostracize muslims. to be ready to support the government but if they're going to harass muslims and it won't be tolerated muslim groups will launch a massive movement against it. back in delhi and hundreds were again gathering at the university campus. the crowd electrified by claims of police violence the night before. the police came at us with batons while they are protesting peacefully they entered the campus the police even attacked the students who were studying in the library they were not involved in the protests they threw tear gas shells in the library does not this fundamental rights
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a citizen of this and this sponsor guiding this has been shameful the police students. have borne authorities insist they responded appropriately to this youthful demonstration but with the situation on a knife's edge their next move will be closely watched. and their former enemy germany have stood side by side to mark the 75th anniversary of one of the conflicts most decisive battles at dawn on this day back in 1944 more than 200000 german troops staged a breakout in the dense woods in the our dongs in belgium you. as troops were initially outnumbered but joined by reinforcements they managed to turn the tide of the battle by christmas they had stopped at off hitler's a last ditch offensive in what became known as the battle of the bull. market in the past with fanfare but it was a personal memory that produced real emotion immersed marsh from alabama was on
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watch christmas 19042 in a snow storm and the are dens of beds in lady came out and. head to my hot chick in the age of a. best me i've had i guess a over 75 years later a german president held an address here for the 1st time. we remain deeply indebted by this america which accompanied night and supported the democratic rebirth of germany despite the war and visual. on the morning of the 16th of december the german army or the verma pushed their forces back into belgium and a brutal surprise attack dog like he's in the center the americans were above us and the germans others their. lucky moment shows us where
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a shell hit it didn't explode and she survived after the stone was liberated all that remained was a wasteland but in the us it became a symbol for the good war americans fought. in world war 2 america was willing to commit everything we had to preserve freedom and protect our way of life but would the us do the same today moran doesn't think so northern quapaw knows they wouldn't. view of the americans has changed in recent he is going to cause them to plead because. she's giving her scrapbook of war memories to her grandchildren to make sure they never forget. you're watching the w. news coming up next in business news germany's feeling more than a little short staffed with many specialized jobs going until so the government is looking over seats for skilled workers to do them that's
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a vexed with stephen verbs with our board often when things with a company. with different languages we fight for different things that's fine but we all stick up for freedom freedom of speech and freedom of press. giving freedom of choice global news that matters w made for minds. that 77 percent obama or younger then
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