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this is g w news live from berlin a massive spike in corona virus infections in serbia followed by talk of a new lockdown now an explosion of violence and police on the retreat protesters say the president is using the pandemic for political gain. also coming up the global hunger crisis has dramatically worse than because of culture to the humanitarian efforts as that and the next knock on effects on the widespread than the piracy sounds. to china a wave of human rights lawyers were arrested 5 years ago now some are being
released we meet once read a lawyer who is getting his life back together so he can fight for rights again. i'm sumi so much going to thank you for joining us anti-government rallies have filled the streets of serbia's capital belgrade for a 2nd day and night protesters are angry over what they see as the government's mishandling of the coronavirus pandemic critics say the sharp spike in cases is the fault of serbia's president who lifted an earlier lock down to allow for elections authorities are today expected to reimpose a partial ban on gatherings. pandemic frustrations bubble over on the streets of belgrade chaos erupted as thousands of protesters battles with police and try to storm the parliament they're angry over the
president's handling of the coronavirus. the main reason we are here is to support the protesters during these abnormal times when the country is falling apart. cases have spiked across the balkan country in recent weeks serbia recorded its highest scope at 1000 death toll on tuesday it forced president alexander to take action announcing a weekend curfew belgrade the protesters have pushed him to backtrack. to east i considered it but the crisis team thinks there's still hope to slow the spread so we may introduce harsher measures but without introducing a curfew. that hasn't been enough to keep the peace as police and demonstrators face off with flares fireworks and tear gas.
demonstrators say they want to return to normal and for the president to resign. earlier we spoke to belgrade journalist it's very and we asked why frustration with the government's handling of the pandemic has spilled into violence there were 2 months serbia was in the. bronx with that were very using the fender mic. very hard the citizens. of serbia a big. big story. of the night and then few weeks later there were elections so demonstrators are saying that just trying to fake the figures. are using this to control the citizens and they were very unhappy 1st of all because he announced that from the friday they will be florals
again both of them based say they are not happy with his politics because for the last 8 years see control over everything in this country and they are not happy how the bleeding is politics let's take a look now at some other developments in the coronavirus pandemic the u.s. has crossed a new high water mark in the corona virus that and the pandemic the country has registered more than 3000000 cases of covered 19 the highest number of any country wednesday saw the biggest daily increase in cases so far. german exports fell by almost 30 percent in may due to the pandemic dropping to 80300000000 euros year on year german car companies the engineering sector and makers of electronic equipment for among the worst hit by lower demand around the world. 5000000 australians are back in lockdown and as melbourne grapples with a spike of new code 1000 cases the restrictions will be in effect in australia 2nd largest city for the next 6 weeks. the humanitarian group oxfam is
warning that the coronavirus is worsening the hunger crisis in the poorest parts of the world oxfam says as many as 12000 people a day could die from hunger linked to the fallout from the pandemic the organization's new study shows disruption to food supplies and falling aid funding could push well over 100000000 to the brink of starvation this year middle income countries like india south africa and brazil are especially after it's. let's get more on the story now we're joined by matthew truscott he's the head of humanitarian policy at oxfam international matthew it's good to have you with us on the w. your organization is saying the knock on effects of the pandemic are more widespread than the virus itself why is that. well so we're looking at an additional $121000000.00 people potentially pushed to the brink of starvation by the social
and economic fallout of this pandemic and what we have to look at is this is it's it's a link to a system so when we're looking at these numbers we look at the same time as the biggest food and drink companies paid out over $18000000000.00 to shareholders so we have a dramatically unequal food system and we also have a number of people who are on the edge of starvation already due to things like conflict due to things like climate change do things like failure to invest in agro economies and this now with the additional burden of covert up and and difficulties moving difficulties accessing markets and difficulties with the merchants and really do push those people to the edge matthew can you tell us more about those difficulties these driving factors though is it mainly the fact that for example food supplies have been disrupted. food supply disruption is is a big part of it but also another part of it is a lot of people who are on the edge already so we look at about 60 percent of people who are already in an informal economies and they don't have the social safety nets to fall back on so a number of the countries where food through crises were ready on the edge now when
people aren't able to get to their markets when this closures when people doing day labor on table to get their daily wages that then pushes them to a point where they have most savings to fall back on it really comes back to the system that we're working in and also of course falling international humanitarian aid which is a major concern your organization says in its report that it's middle income countries like india south africa and brazil that are especially at risk why is that. well so there you have sort of the that the typical crises of one would look at so yemen afghanistan etc where you know yemen remittances have dropped by 80 percent but a lot of the other countries haven't really been worked out and as you mentioned india south africa brazil south africa for instance you had the pleasure of street food then those few to the lockdowns but that was approximately a half a 1000000 people they were employed in that and they provided food and nutrition to about 70 percent of the townships so when you have these lockdowns when you have these people losing their income that that has a knock on effect when they're supporting other people when entire economies around
that collapse and if there's no back up this is no social support for them if there's no government funding which of course those governments are trying to develop but it needs to be quicker that there really pushes us people into a point where where they can come back from it and the same when you look at the small scale famines if they aren't able to get off if they aren't able to harvest if they aren't able to bring in their crops that's going to affect them for years because they don't then have the money to pay for new seeds to prepare their farms for the next year in these countries that are particularly at risk and also struggling to control the pandemic what can be done to make sure that people are not going hungry. well i think this does a few different things we can do always see the 1st step is we we need to dramatically increase our humanitarian funding so when we look at the amount paid to for instance those 8 companies that i mentioned earlier that's more than 3 times what's even being asked for in humanitarian funding by the u.n. and the u.n. appeals only been about 20 of them 24 percent funded so in total they're asking for just over $7000000000.00 now that sounds like quite
a lot but when you look at the usa for instance this paid over $500000000.00 to save its eline industry $7000000000.00 for $7000000000.00 for urgent humanitarian aid really isn't all that much but beyond that so that's the immediate steps the next steps we need to take is to address the unequal system that we've got we need to develop proper social protection medicines so that when people do needs their incomes due to systems like this there's something this is cash there's social support to protect them and there's also access to things like health care and going forward we have to build a safer system we have to build one that's robust that's able to respond to things like climate change which is going to bring further hunger crises we need things like better local ceasefires so the people in conflict zones are still able to meet their daily needs not you trust got ahead of humanitarian policy at oxfam international thank you very much for joining us thank you to china now where some of the 300 lawyers and activists arrested in a 2015 crackdown are being released they had pushed back against president xi
jinping has moved to tighten restrictions on free speech but they were arrested and sentenced for subversion of power which are now from one lawyer just out of prison who is rebuilding his life as well as his desire to support individual rights. a family reunited one turned john a prominent human rights lawyer was released from prison 2 months ago he's one of more than 200 lawyers were detained in 2015 when china's government started an unprecedented crackdown on lawyers. issue one of those you know you feel when you lose something important and then you get it back i cannot find the right words for this feeling it feels like something exceptionally precious but there is also the fear that i might lose him again. hypothesis special . one gendang spent almost 5 years behind bars many things are new to him
this app that recognizes the names of plants. the farmer a hole where you could now i've been released i feel drawn to nature. i often go out to enjoy it that's how i started paying attention to plants i want to know their names i mean that during these years his and his new also took a toll on his wife. candida because i was out on call these people came to my house and blocked the entrance. presidential you'll be when i try to open the door a man told me if you come out i will kill you. china's government was taking their revenge on the compelling on his behalf his son to enter and also witnessed the only see this. was you know you are 7 going to take my sword and fight against them . this is what i really want to do the terrorists are. wanton john
was taken without warning after that his wife did not hear anything about him until his trial was announced more than 3 years later and indefinitely i am very tense very nervous i could not sleep. on december 26th of 20181 trend john was charged with state subversion a serious offense and trying to leave was hoping to get a glimpse of him in court but again state security had gathered in front of hans kidd which is the words you don't want i'm nervous i've been in situations often but every time is different. this doctor trip we're this is not about the rights of relatives this case is about state secrets here so you're not i'm not totally off guard. right off my you. know the families trying to put these experiences behind them will take time for them to get back to a new movie life. after my release my
son and die were very affectionate with each other at least on the surface but the a strange man just quite obvious. when i tell him something he opposes me he rebels this gives me a headache i feel embarrassed. i want to become closer to each other. right now want to dream has a lot of time to spend with his family of origin his have revoked his war his license with us borat you planning to appeal and to sue the government was wrong too. debbie is clifford conan has reported extensively from china he joins us here in our studio for more on this story good to have you with us do we know what exactly china is accusing lawyers lifelong of doing when it says they've subverted power with state subversion is one of those charges that rights
activists and legal experts really are constantly referring to because it can kind of mean whatever the government wants it to mean it means anything that undermines the power of the communist party in china or the government. such that it can be used in any way that they want so it's a bit of a moveable feast a community thing for making a critical comment to actually taking action against the state it's been 5 years since this crackdown that we mentioned on human rights activists and lawyers in china i know a lot of our attention has been focused on hong kong but if you look at what's happened in china how is the situation developed since that crackdown well i think by taking out so many key figures at the time 5 years ago and then holding them under various charges mostly subversion charges but as you saw mr wong there he was he wasn't even charged for 3 and a half years when he was under detention so basically people were taken out of the system and others they're being released they've been released over the period but
it's very difficult for them to act now the situation is tougher certainly than it was then so it's harder for people to for lawyers in particular but also what they're activists to to be critical of the government and to try and effect on the change so what is the strategy that is driving china's push towards cracking down here on lawyers and activists well this is all about reinforcing reinforcing and enforcing the power of the commies party in china and it ties in very much with she jim ping's image of himself as a strong man he's been 8 years in power now there's no end in sight and normally in 2 years he would be handing over to the next leader so it all ties in with this situation keeping very tight. control in order to for the congress party to meet its goes about. creating a moderately prosperous society as they say so what do you think that we can expect then for how we see china and chinese authorities deal with activists and opponents and critics going forward well i think you mentioned hong kong there briefly i
think hong kong is going to be one area where we're going to see possibly this chinese rules see if they're going to be imposed in hong kong that's obviously a big fear going forward i don't there's no sign of any of these getting on the lesser of the weakening in any way so i think we're going to see a continued hardline approach to give you order clifford coonan with us here in studio thank you very much for your insights. let's take a look now at some other stories making headlines around the world catastrophic flooding and landslides in southwest upin have killed dozens and blocked access to more than 3000 homes rescuers are still searching for missing people japan's meteorological agency has warned that heavy rains will continue for several days australia has suspended an extradition agreement with hong kong after china opposed the national security law giving it sweeping powers their prime minister scott morrison said australia would also extend he says for skilled workers from hong
kong and wants to lure hong kong businesses to the country for them and italian authorities have seized a migrant rescue boat operated by the german n.g.o.s sea watch claiming it did not comply with safety rules last month the vessel was used to rescue more than 200 people stranded at sea in april italy banned migrant rescue ships from docking at its ports because of the coronavirus pandemic people living on the frontlines of the war in eastern ukraine are now also battling deadly forest fires the places started earlier this week and engulfed villages where russian backed separatists are active many locals say they don't believe the fire started by accident. flames fute by high temperatures and fast winds have consumed most of this village in eastern ukraine robbing nadia and you record length of everything they own. they were flakes of fire flying in the air like a bombardment not just here fires seem to jump from place to place.
hundreds of firefighters and rescue crews rushed to safety villages and their homes at 1st they successfully battle to the places back but the flames returned resuscitated by gusts of wind. it happened quickly we saw fire in the distance jumping from one patch to another changing direction and then moving closer it became dark as night i know how grecian has been a risky place to go for years because it's particularly under the control of pro russian separatists this village is just kilometers from frontline fighting between the separatists and ukrainian forces. the local governor says he believes arson is to blame with the fires out president low to me as the lengthy came to survey the damage and to lend his support. i want to express my
condolences to all the families all those who have lost their loved ones because of these fires. and investigation into what caused the fires is underway president selenski sest victims will be compensated with the equivalent of $9700.00 euros each to buy new homes. you're watching news still to come on our show the new look of dance in berlin the footwork and grace of the waltz gone solo for the sake of social distancing. but 1st in germany right wing extremism has been identified as the biggest danger that the country faces today germany's interior minister presented an intelligence report detailing crimes committed in 21000. this area is the greatest threat to security in germany. nothing has changed that on the contrary the number of offenses the number
of people linked to right wing extremist circles and the number of violent far right extremists has increased further. use. let's bring in kate brady with more on the story hi kate the interior minister there was very clear that right wing extremism is the biggest threat in germany right now and it's also on the rise what do the latest figures show. well what this report shows is that 2019 saw a 10 percent increase in the number 0 for right extremist cases here in germany up to more than 22000 and at the same time the report also lists some 32000 far right extremists now as well that's an 8000 an increase of 8000 people on last year's report not been largely attributed to the fact that thousands of supporters of the far right extremist wing of the a.f.p. the alternative for germany party now also have been listed as part of that group
they've been under surveillance now since 2019 but one specific aspect of far right extremism that is their hope for a really emphasized in that press conference today was that of anti semitism here in germany which he described as a disgrace for germany she also talked about a left wing extremism kate what does the report show there well what we've seen that according to the report is an increase of 40 percent in the number of cases of leftist extremism here in germany which seems as well that the threshold for violence violent crimes by leftist extremists seems to be on the rise too and at the same time security all thora t's intelligence agencies are keeping an eye as well on several platforms which last year was the place where several confession les's were posted as well in the wake of several violent leftist extremist cases here. and kate what are the political implications of this report.
well they have a point is out himself today the under no of the government has so much been done to tackle this issue of extremism here in germany that certainly is already the case there's been special commission set of especially for tackling for rights extremism and we are expecting to see more measures taken in the coming year that said the report has highlighted that one of the biggest challenges now facing intelligence agencies and politicians as well is how to deal with these small groups and individual offenders here in germany and we saw evidence of that both last year in the killing of the pro migration conservative politician to luka and also that attempted anti semitic attack in power which left 2 people dead and of course there was also that deadly shooting in her mouth as well earlier this year
that right wing extremist shooting so there's still a lot to digest here in germany and i'm sure there will be more action taken in the months ahead kate brady reporting for us good to talk to you here in berlin dance the news are legendary for now the night clubs are shattered due to the coronavirus pandemic a dance schools are not the ones that teach a face to face and to waste type of dance of course there are strict social distancing rules in place to keep the students safe very very strict. teenagers go to dance classes to learn the steps but also to get to know each other they mustn't overstep the mark dancing has to be contactless with 3 meters of social distancing. so how can that work. as it was there are few she has to memorize
a lot more so that she can follow me. and you have to work on the technique yourself because you haven't got a partner to show you how to do things or tell you what to do you know and they're anxious to get. these solo dances and making the best of the situation even though to an outsider it can seem a bit soulless. townsmen i much prefer dancing with a partner it's easier to chat and you get to know each other so much better than even not my can they bring the independent teacher convinced that even dancing in a distanced form like this is worth it for the moment. all the cans if you like from their friends they share a jerk together have a look at each other only i am sam and something goes wrong i laugh about it it's all part of the fun and certainly they can get close enough and in any case this is not a long term solution we all know that you must get through it most of. the next class
is for to some. but there's no flashing of the rules. these couples have known each other for years. they conduct straight but they still must stick to the distance markets. or even in times of crisis dancing is one of life's essential see. in a. few. now officials in sri lanka believe that a pair of baby elephants feeding from the same mother and a national park could be a rare set of twins the 2 are thought to be between $3.00 and $4.00 weeks old they were spotted north east of the capital colombo rangers are now carrying out d.n.a. tests on their dung to confirm if they are indeed twins if the results match it
would be the 1st time wildlife officials in sri lanka have seen twins with their mom. let's get a quick recap of our top stories here on d w a 2nd to day and night of violence pushes serbian police back protesters say they are angry with the government's coronavirus response they claim the president is using the pandemic for his own ambitions. and the global hunger crisis has dramatically worse and because of covert 19 that's according to the humanitarian group oxfam which says the knock on effects of the coronavirus are more widespread than the virus itself and could take up to 12000 lives a day. don't forget that you can always get you give you news on the go download or out from google play or from the app store that will give you access to all the latest news from around the world as well as push notifications for any breaking news and if you are part of
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