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and their dangerous mutual admiration effect the rest of the more. bosom bull he's done putin starts august 3rd on d w. this is state of the news line from berlin and there's no let up in the wave of protest in russia's far east thousands of people rally in the city of coveralls following the rest of their governor on murder charges they say he's guilty only of defeating the ruling party's candidate in the last election. tensions escalate between washington and beijing u.s. officials entered the chinese consulate in houston texas after forcing it to close
amid accusations of espionage china retaliation shutting down an american consulate in chengdu. and thousands demonstrate in good of passion for media freedom after dozens of journalists hungary's him a new shot resign in protest at the shacking up there editor in chief. i'm michael okuda appreciate your joining us protesters in the city of cover off skin the far east of russia have taken to the streets for the 3rd weekend in a row tens of thousands of people are calling for president vladimir putin to step down and demanding the release of the regional governor he was arrested earlier this month accused of ordering the murders of 2 business men 15 years ago his
supporters say the arrest is politically motivated. for the 3rd week in a row cries of anger and frustration echo across the city of couples. the arrest of their governor saturday for god has triggered the biggest demonstration this region has seen in years the 50 year old member of the opposition liberal democratic party was detained earlier this month he's charged with ordering the murders and attempted murders of several business men 15 years ago but many here see the arrest as politically motivated the tally ation 40 feeding president putin's favorite in the 2018 gubernatorial election because. people are trying to i think people take to the streets because their vote in the gubernatorial elections was taken away and you see if we just. put these protests are about more than the rest of their governor it's about fighting back against what they see as president putin's increasingly authoritarian grip on power. with
chants of freedom and putin as a thief the protests happy come about to cry freedom freedom from the ruler sitting more than 6000 kilometers away in moscow who they see a self-serving and out of touch. of the think the nashville is sucking up all the resources from the far east and we get nothing in return this region used to be so rich people were doing so well and the production was thriving now all the big enterprises have been bought up by muscovites people in the most genuine spalled only it just puts them a little in the putin's appointment of his successor has not helped dots even though michelle dikshit off a member of the same party is for god was seen as an attempt by the kremlin to assuage locals anger. but the people of capital fired back saying the 39 year old outsider lacks experience and has no connection to the
region. a spokesman stick in their heels the standoff is likely to continue the question is how long the protesters can last president putin is in no hurry a constitutional change passed earlier this month means he could stay in power till 2036. earlier i spoke to you even in coveralls covering that demonstration i asked him how this protest was different from others we've seen in russia. it's truly one of the most surprising protests we've seen in years in russia in all of putin's 20 years one of the main things we've seen the reason police are clearing the streets is the mass of people that are coming out the 1st protest that took place here 3 weeks ago was 40000 people a week later last saturday we saw 50000 and today estimates around as much as 90000 and to put that in perspective there's about $600000.00 people who live in the city of karbala so it's like 10 percent of the city is coming out to protest there's
also the notion that the kremlin is hoping that this will simmer down but as we're seeing 3 weeks in it's only growing so time will have to tell whether the kremlin will decide to crackdown or not but so far they haven't not sure when you've been in a position to do much reporting legally down on the streets there but what are the protesters saying is compelling them to get on the streets in defiance of what's the natural order there in russia. there's a lot of different slogans that are being screamed about you know the governor specifically to anti kremlin sentiment but the main thing that the protesters have repeated day after day these rallies to no continue each day but the main ones happen on saturday is that they feel that their choice was taken away they feel that even if the governor is guilty of these crimes he should be tried here and come out of they believe they voted for him they feel that moscow the kremlin has now taken him away for political reasons not reasons that. they believe to be fair
because these murders were if these alleged murders were 15 years ago so if they did take place they believe that the kremlin would have dug this up a long time ago and so they believe that their choice was stolen away and so at the end of the day it's about a right to a fair choice it's called a democracy it seems. journalist. now to some other stories making news around the world at this hour a heat wave in siberia has been fanning devastating wildfires bush in the north of the arctic circle the u.n. weather agency warned that temperatures in the russian region were 10 degrees celsius of the average last month the heat wave has also contributed contributed to a rapid depletion of sea ice around them is the gunmen have killed at least 20 people including children in sudan's darfur region a tribal chief said the victims were farmers visiting their homes in the war torn region for the 1st time in years darfur has seen years of ethnic conflict.
the u.s. has recorded another 1000 deaths from 19 for the 4th day in a row driven by a spike in infections in arizona florida and other states but a top white house health advisor on the pandemic says the states are past the worst and has urged pools to reopen. u.s. officials have entered the chinese consulate in houston texas after diplomatic staff there complied with an order from the trumpet ministration to shut down the u.s. says the consulate was a hub for espionage and intellectual property theft china denies the accusations and has retaliated by ordering the american consulate in the south western city of shame due to close the spat has brought already tense relations between the 2 countries to their lowest point in decades. a hasty exit in houston. chinese officials was seen packing on friday they were forced to
evacuate the consulate within 72 hours a deadline set by the trumpet ministration. hauling documents into vehicles the exit was welcomed by anti communist party protest is. this a cell or cell phone your phone i usually try to monitor everyone has a bank a meeting of the razing where you can hear to why. they're celebrating the i make sure. the u.s. says the consulate was a nest of spies trying to steal intellectual property including dosh for medical facilities in texas after the last diplomats departed the area was cordoned off and u.s. officials were seen forcing entry into the building. in a tit for tat move china has ordered the closure of the u.s. consulate in the southwestern city of chengdu. china's foreign ministry called the
retaliation legitimate and necessary accusing the u.s. staffers of interfering in the country's internal affairs committee of the current situation in china u.s. relations just not what china wants and the u.s. is completely responsible for all of this. the cold war era style tension between the 2 countries has been rising for some time often sparring over trade technology and more recently the coronavirus usually very outspoken on china the u.s. president has yet to comment on this latest escalation. joining us now is tyson barker's he's a researcher from the truman national security project here in berlin and i'm going to start with the 1st obvious question tyson barker tensions between the u.s. and china over spying accusations are new so why the closure of consulate now.
it's a great question i think there are a couple of reasons some are diplomatic some a political we did hear probably department of justice the unsealing of indictments related to chinese hackers who were aggressively probing. research into vaccines for cope with 19 this has been pretty systemic so that is kind of blogged that narrative clearly we have an escalation in ha ha lynchings i was well but the big reason we have to say or one of the big reasons have to be political and the trumpet ministration is trying to draw a bright line between its. approach to china and the by the administration of potential by administration's approach to try to saying that biden would be a last more conciliatory more combination of chinese authoritarianism u.s. secretary of state might pump a you called for a joint reaction to act over what he calls the threat of
a new tyranny from china does he expect support from the european union. clearly expect support from the european union and that's one of the reasons he made this trip through europe this week he was very much trying to you know close ranks within the alliance the transatlantic alliance he visited denmark he visited great britain of course not a member of the european union anymore but basically saying you know we need to approach this as a united front so yes that's the expectation what have been the reactions here in the e.u. . well the e.u. has the reaction has been mixed and the truth is that there are a plurality of views you have countries that are more hawkish like sweden you have a country like the u.k. that has really evolved i would say in the past 6 months from a position that was much more accommodationist much more hawkish and then you have countries like germany and france which really have a broad span of equities related to china 1st and foremost the trade relationship
which has really taken a hit because of coded that they really want to maintain so they are much more stability minded i would say the european commission itself brussels itself has issued a strategy last year a report last year which said that china is a strategic rival of the european union so there is movement to see china with a more more skepticism than in the past but that is not a consensus view within europe i think it's safe to say watch this space particularly with the united states entering its political season tyson barker thank you so much. thousands of protesters have marched through central pulled a passion in support of journalists and hungry as most read news site index dozens of journalists have now resigned over the sacking of its editor in chief your earlier this week his dismissal has raised concern that 5 minister viktor or bonds
nationalist government is intensifying its effort to muzzle critical voices. a sea of solidarity lighting up central budapest thousands of hungary and standing up for press freedom which many fear is disappearing under the rule of right wing prime minister viktor orban the latest victim hungary's most retinue site. you seen as one of the country's last independent media that's made it a frequent target of the prime minister who once called it a fake news factory but its independence has come under threat after an ally bought control of the site at sales. the final straw came a few days ago when the site's editor in chief was fired prompting more than 80 staff to resign on friday. that the 1st that. our editor in chief was fired this year and while i don't want to speak on behalf of all of us to me this was the red line i cannot know what that any more. from the point at that the.
shortly after south of protesters flooded the streets when they want to find a showed real news and it's getting more and more difficult almost impossible to get that in hungry now we don't know what's happening around us because the state media isn't telling the truth. and i'm for you. honestly regardless of the website the reason why it came to demonstrate is that another independent news portal has fallen victim to the government but i really don't like that and that's why i came i don't think there's any free press like. hungry foreign secretary denies the government poses a threat to press freedom she reckons show me a concrete case one was a journalist in hungary not allowed to write what they thought. index is just the latest of several hunger news outlets to fall under control of government allies
raising fears here that it won't be the last. and a reminder of the top story we're following for you thousands of people rally in the 4 eastern russian city of kabul are also following the rest of their governor unrelated charges they say he's guilty only of defeating the ruling party's candidate in the last election raul caught up on the news unlike the local we'll be back with more headlines as always at the top of the hour see that. more coasters from nigeria you know that's what money would. authentic. and successful beyond belief