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anchor: this is bbc wor news america. in hong kong anger has police open fire on a protester in broad daylight. tensions are rising as china's authority is challenged. chaos and uncertainty in bolivia after the president steps down amid protests. there is cfusion over who is in charge. ♪ the history behind the poppy as the u.s. marks veterans day, wef look at how thlour helps us remember those who died in -- flower helps us remember those who died in conflict. ♪ chor: for those watching on pbs and around the globe, welcome. the political crisis in hong kong has deepened after a police
officer was filmed shooting a protester. thousands of demonstrators clashed with riot police as nsions soared. the former artist colony was riled by protests for months. -- british colony has been riled by protest for months. reporter: this is how a day of extraordinary violence starts, a police officer arresting the person in white, approached by another person wearinglack. he is shot at point-blank range and is captured in a video. -- it is captured in a video. somehow and amidst the mpaos, he attets to fully b he is captured and takenway in an ambulance. the cit police officer drives into a group of black ad protesters.
turning the motorbike towards them three times before taking o bff. he hasn suspended. the middle-aged mayorrgues with protesters. this man is doused with flammable liquid before being set on fire. >> there is no queion that what the rioters want, not from the government, n society at large. reporter: and this evening the clashes continue. [indiscernible] reporter: there has been an outpouring of anger, tough lease response. it seems that the city is a cycle of violen and retribution. >>er now it is no loike just a protest.
it is more. it is a warning thatong kong must. tomorrow.at will happen i don't know. reporter: more than 250 people were arrested today with botin sides digginthere are fearthe conflict will only escalate further. stephen mcdonald, bbc news, hong kong. anchor: for more i am joined by the u.s. correspondent from the bbc chinese service. you used to live in hong kong. how grave is the political crisis? >> high used to live in a building next to where the gunshots were to pass the same path every day to get to the metro. on a normal monday morning call, -- hong kongers would be going the way but no we see ant on
extraordinary hong kong on monday morning. tear gas was fired in residential neighborhoods as and top shops were located.anks and thiolence is not only coming from the police but also the protesters as we saw in the video that it was lit on fire because of dispute with the hong kong i know ishe kind d wated but this seems to be where lines areth -whole city is in this mentalealth tinderbox. people might get fatigue over the chaos but insidthe country, it is a grave situation violence out of the city.el of anchor: thank you for joining us. mexico granted asylum to
bolivia's former president evo weeks of violent protests. was rigged. say his reelection supporters say he is the victim of a coup. there will be an interim katy watson said -- has more. reporter: t the demise longest standing president would not have come soon enough for me. celebrations turned to violence, ngs torched and vandalized. this is one of many barricades you ose ala paz blocking the streets. this one is antigovernment. him for democracy because bolivia doesn't have an interim president and neither do they know when new elections will be called. a w people braved the journey to work. >> we are al afraid,oesn't
we are afraid what will happen. everyone is calling for colict. what matters are the people. reporter: peoe stood on the streets calling for change. these protesters were blocking access tthe presidential palace, making sure no government member could return to their office. >>h he could have left thro the front door if he had respected what people were saying, but he tried to perpetteimself in power and that made people not want him anymore. rtreer: a few minutes later, a police convoy carrying the politician expected to epn. there is much uncertainty. nobody knows when new ele tions will bd until then instability is a constant threat. katy watson, bbc news, l paz. anchor: i spoke earlier to the
president of the inter-america n dialogue. is this democracy restored or a >> we saw both things. ivo morales attempting steal an election, that is broad, anti-democratic. and then we saw the military play a role ousti morales which is also democratic -- anti-democratic. both of them we have seent we don'know what is coming next. this h yet to play out. the situation is chaotic intense in bolivia. but we had moral provoke that it was clear he was trying to before he cou weather the storm. dissipateotests would and it didn't happen. people got angry. anchor: how did he lose the support of the military? >> the military felt they could not control the streets and they
were not prepared to shoot at the bolivians. there were so many of the the military didn't want to be in that position. it looked like the son was untenable and the government ungovernable. it would be best for him to resign, and he did. anchor how can boliviansdeave any cone the new elections will be rigged? >> it remains to be seen who wi preside. the one thing we saw was ohe organizatiamerican states played a role. they orderedst the flection and basically charged morales with fraud and there was supposed to be inth ano -- to be another election. so theres an international role. the situation is fluid in boliviata you have to ish some dthority, maintain order hofully the both sides of this
bitterly divided, polarized country will come together and figureut an aroach and rmula to having elections in the nexcouple of months. anchor: it is unclear, but president trump is saying the resignation of morales sends a message to venezuela and nicaragua. woulu agr? >> that kind omessage will be interpreted by many on the left and s. critics as almost an admission the u.s. was part of made the accusation.ple have it is ammunition for him to say that. i think th situations in nicaragua and venezuela are difficult for different -- different from bolivia. they are -- i think itpa is a icular situation. i think the military are more they are involved in businesses
and drug traffic and other criminal activities. it is a different military and situation. anchor: thank you for being with us. washingtoneemed quiet today asked thcity marked veterans day, but behind thefr scenes, tic activity. it is a huge week for u.s. politics. on wednesday the impeachment inquiry holds public hearings. key testified that witnesses will testify why the white house withheld military aid to ukraine while the president pressed the leader toti investe democrats. p president trumok part in new yo veterans day celebrations. he said the impeachment inquiry wasn't far from his mind when he tweed a warning abouthe phone call with ukraine's leader, or urging them noteo fall into trap of saying it wasn't perfect but no impeachable.i spoke into -- spoa
reporter from the new york times. it has bn 21 years since the american public witnessedt an impeachmaring. how dramatic is this? extremely dramatic. should trump be impeached, he is only the third one to be done we have seen transcripts of many of the witnesses, and we have aard from their lawyers about what they have ses closed-door hearings. it now goes -- said in these closed-door hearings. it now goes to the public. the ways and means historic room, and there is nothing like hearing it firsthand from the people who were there. d this sho quite a spectacle. anchor: haveli repns settled on a line of defense? on what they have come up with. >> what they have come up with
is while they are concerned about what they heard on the phone call between mr. trump and the president and they are concerned about the thingsn the testimony, none of these are impeachable offenses. that i their position. they have had shifting positis. lindsey graha perhaps the president's strongest i defende, sathere was a quid pro quo, if the president demanded sothing from ukraine in exchange for the military aid ukraine was promised, it would be a problem. when reporters asked lindsey graham last week, he said i don't care abo that anymore. they have had many lines of defense. with wednesday.t they come up anchor: do you expect the hearings to change anyin? >> right now because -- right
now we don't. the president needs 20 senators to go against him to -- there is no indication it would eveos happen with senators. we don't know what might out in the hearings, and the expectation is there is a strong likelihood president trump will be impeached by the housanwhich is lik indictment and he will be in senaterial but not be removed from office. anchor: are the risks big for democrats? >> there is always a risk. everyone remembers with president clinton, he was impeached but remained popular and was popul as he was leaving office and republicans took the heat in the polls and suffered big losses. there was a sense among the public at the time the republicans overreached. that was a different era. not --bo lying sex with an
intern at the white house. democrats argue this is a graver offense, this was about using the power of the psidency to withhold military aid to one of the worry -- one of the weakest russian led incursion on its eastern border. there is much more attake. it was about national security and it is much bigger. we shouldth see. could pay a price. anchor: thank you for joining us. firefighters and australia say tuesday for areas around sydney. bushfiresnu conacross the country. two states he declared a state of emergency. three people have died and thsands displaced. investigation into the death of a former british army officer rescue group the white helmets.
the body was found outside its caroline hawley reports. >> it was on the streetil outsie the ng he was staying that james' building was found. there was no officiaement from the police and security officials are quoted saying they believe he fell from a balcony. he was in h 40's and set up the mayday rescue charity which heed train syria's rescue volunteers kno as the white helmets. these are the whit helmets in action. athey operate in rebel hereas of the country, savin survivors. speaking tthe bbc life aiars ago he ptribute to their courage. >> it has been a source ofpr immense for everyone who has been involved in the training, the support to these
heroes. they provide an incredible amount of inspiration and an environment that is up -- in an environment that is herwise devoid of positives. >> yesterday they rush into the idlib province. for the work they do the wte helmets and james have earned the hatred of the kremlin and syrian regime. last week the russian foreign ministry of church -- accused him of being an mi6 agent. >> the russian charges that came out that he was a spy categorically untrue. he was a british soldier. he had been to the place, but he wasn't a serving soldr when he founded may day and the white helmets. he was a humanitarian. the world and syria is poorer for his loss. >> whatever the circumstances,
friends and colleagues say h will be remembered for helping save countless syrian lives. anchor: you are watching bbc world news america. water worries hit new jersey, how is the latest city suffering from dangerous levels of lead. anchor: our selling agent spoke exclusively to roger federer, rafael nadal and novak dkovic ahead of the atp finals in london. they talk about what it takes to be the best and if they will ever retire. ♪ we are used to seeing you at wimbledon rather tha on the river on a boat. this looks really friendly. are you all friends?
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reporter: it is dinnertime and this person is making pasta with her kids. to boil it, only bottled water will do. she lives in new work, new jersey, the latest american city crisis.ple with a lead water >> always spending money on water. i spend more moneyn water than buying food. reporter: the problems began when a corrosion control treatment plant failed, causing the lead to seek into the water. officials switched to a new treatment but it will take nths to be effective. now the mayor has announced tdi next with i plan to overhaul the infrastructure. across the city crews are ripping up the streets to replace lead pipes with copper ones. all 18,000 pipes in the work will be removed in -- in newk
will be removed at no cost. >> when they are replaced 100% there will be no lead. filters are working, you should usef your filter andu are using the filter you will be fine. bereporter: some m believe officials were slow to respond and to warn residents includg those suing the city. >>n i am unsure wam getting my lead service line replaced even though i put in for it six months ago. it is all of this that reallytr leaves me fred. reporter: what happened in flint and now here has raised questions about ee safety of nation's water infrastructure, decades after lead pipes were banned, many still reman -- remain. and people simply don't know if they have lead pipes or no
despite assurances, churches and charities continue to hand out bottled water are efforts are underwayth to rid city of lead pipes but rebuilding trust would anchor: anxious times there about the water. many of you have been askingar y bbc staf wearing poppies. rwe wear these ember those who died in conflict. today is the 101st anniversary of the end of world war i. it is veterans day in t united states. the story of how the poppy came to be the symbol ofan rem is american ingenuity. the first world war was a catastrophic conflict in which millions lost theiitlives. the consn france and brooke -- belgium were brutal. no man's land was dividing the forces were so many were killed, turnednto mud. it was here after the fighting ended poppies gw, immortalized
a problem by a lieutenant colonel. >> and flanders fields, the poppies blow. between the crosses row on row. reporter: this erican teacher was moved by the poem and decided to wear a poppy in honor of the war dead. he campaigned to get it adopted as an official symbol of remembrance. in britain 1921 the royal veterans ordered 9 million war copies. they sold out immediately on the anniversary of theigning of th armistice. the poppy factory was set up in britain to employ disabled ex icseen and millions are produced forembrance day. i wear one to a member my great uncles. a were killed in action during world war ii. their brother my grandfather
survived and was decorated for his bravery. like so many oths, he was forever haunted by his loss. in britain there was a special service who died in conflict.e >> they shall not grow old. age will not worry them nor the years condemn. at the going down of the sun and in the morning, we will remember them. ♪ anchor: neverort, the story of why we wear the poppy year year. i think of my great uncles who i never met but my grandfather mourned forever. laura trevelyan, thank you so much are watching bbc world news america. ♪ narratornding for this presentation is madeblby... babbel, an online program designed by language specialists
captioning sponsored by newshour productions, llc >> woodruff: good evening. i'm judy woodruff. on the "newshour" tonight, crisis in bolivia. the country's longtime socialist president steps down as the streets erupt in violence and supporters cry foul over a suspected coup. then, how rudy guiliani went from erica's mayor to a major player in the impeachment inquiry. plus, our politics monday team breaks down what to expect from the start of public hearings. and art out of the land: why communities of artists, all across the country, are working to revive rural america. >> i think it's a bit of an rural people are every bit as deserving of art as any other group, and maybe more so because they don't have as much access to it. >> woodruff: all that and more