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♪ >> this is dw news live from berlin. after more than a week of unrest in the u.s., president trump ends his silence, declaring himself president of law & order. >> if a city or state refuses to take the actions necessary to defend the life and property of their residence, i will deploy the united states military and quickly solve the problem for them. >> trump then ordered a crackdown on peaceful protesters outside e the white house toto e way for a controversial and
bizarre photo op. also coming up, a country already ravaged by war. yemen is o on the verge frfrom collapse from the coronavirus pandemic. international donors have pledged more than a billion dollars in aid, but it is not enough they say to stave off a catastrophe. ♪ brent: to those joining us on pbs in the united states and all around the world, welcome. protests, looting, a wave of unrest in cities across the united states has entered its eighth day and has turned deadly. at least six people have died in violence connected to the protests. five police officers have been shot. the killing of an african-american man in police custody last week kicked off
demonstrations. many have been overshadowed by violence. president trump has vowed to deploy the military if the violence is not reined in. critics including democratic opponent joe biden have slammed trump for fanning the flames of hate. >> president t trump chose the rose garden at the white house for a speech that was to become a show of force. his response to the unrest gripipping the nation in the wes since george floyd was killed. >> if a city or state refuses to take the actions necessary to defend the life and property of their residence, i will deploy the e united states milititary d quickly solve e the problem fofr themem. i am alsoaking swifift and decisive actction to protect our great capital, washington, d.c. >> as trump was speaking, d.c. police are making good on that promise.
several thousand demonstrators had gathered peacefully for a legal protest in lafayette park across from the white house. tear gas on the u.s. capital. backed up by mounted police officers. [chanting don't shoot] >> the protesters were standing in the w way of the u.s. president. >> i take e these actionons wita firm resolve and true and passionatete love for our count. by far our greatest days lie ahead. thank you vevery mucuch. and n now i am going to pay my respects to a very, very special place. >> t trump's destination, st. john's church across the road from the white house. it was damagaged by a fire on
sunday. he held a bible aloft. >> we have a great country. that is my t thoughts. it is coming back strong. it will be greater than ever before. >> a promise of future greatness and a photo op paired trump's walkabout has already drawn criticism from his likely contender in novembers presidential battle. >> peaceful protesters dispersed in order for a president, a president from the doorstep of the people's house, the white house using tear gas and flash grenades in order to stage a photo op. we can be forgiven for believing the president is more interested in power than in principle. >> the bishop of st. john's said she was outraged by trump's visit. calling protests sacred and accusing trump of using the holy scripture as a symbol of division. brent: let's bring in our
washington bureau chief. she is standing by near the white house. good afternoon to you. we just saw trump in that report threatening military action just short of acquiring martial law. would he have the authority to bring in the army against americans? >> when you phrase the question this way, then of course you would say it cannot be the president of the united states would have this authority, but the president has the authority to invoke the so-called insurrection act that would allow him to deploy the military and -- military to end civil disorder or a rebellion or a revolution. that has happened a few times in american history. last time, 1992 during the riots and unrest in los angeles. however, normally the states
would request the help of the u.s. military. so far, no governor has done so. trump in theory could do it against the state, however, if they are planning a rebellion against the federal government and are not capable of ending the violence, that would be politically very risky and possibly unconstitutional. there are pentagon officials even who are criticizing those threats saying they would further escalate the situation. i talked to many protesters who are now behind us because there is apparently a group of police officers or park police gathering. any of them told me they fear those threats or the decision to play the us army would escalate the decision -- escalate the situation and they are so upset and angry the president as they say does not care about the root
cause of the protest, police pert -- police brutality and racial disparities in the u.s. brent: that is a very good point. those are points the president did not mention yesterday when he spoke in the rose garden. we heard joe biden, the presumptive am accredit nominee today say the president is more interested in power than in principle. he is accusing trump of, fanning the flames of hate. how is all of that playing with trump's supporters? >> we know that the diehard trump supporters, they love the president and it does not matter what he does or say because they do not believe the media. they do not listen to his critics. especially when he presents himsmself as a president of law& order, which he did yesterday. he has also a strong christian base. he seems at the moment to focus on his christian supporters.
that is why probably this photo op yesterday when he was holding a bible and posing for photos in front of the st. john's church. today, he visited john paul the second national shrine and after that, he signed an executive order to advance international religious freedom. all of that is meant to show his christian base he is advancing their interests. his appearance at the st. john's church was criticized by many religious leaders, but some evangelical pastors said they were pleased with this photo op and they are happy with the president. however, not addressing the root cause of the protest. he is risking to lose other important voter groups such as suburban women and independent voters who could be very important in november. brent: that is a very good
point. alexandra there outside the white house in washington. not just in washington but huge marches are underway in new york, los angeles and in houston, texas, george floyd's birthplace. these protests are residing in other parts of the world. thousands have been taking to the streets to show solidarity with protesters also turning the spotlight on injustice any their own backyards. -- in their own backyards. >> a symbol of pride, strength and unity. in new zealand, new zealanders performed the haka. the death of george floyd has shocked many around the world, eating to calls for action. -- leading to calls for action. perth, on australia's west coast, the same chant.
the same cause and an opportunity to highlight similar problems at home. >> over 400 plus indigenous deaths in custody that are not being investigated. that is a huge issue. everyone keeps saying australia is so different. it is not really. that is what we are here to talk about and start a conversation. >> there was a smaller gathering in the canyon capital, nairobi. voices ring out against the abuse of power. >> we are here to express the solidarity with american people and also say that white supremacist ideas are also affecting us. >> assembled in the german capital of berlin for a third day at various landmarks. >> to say something. >> a memorial depicting george
floyd has emerged on a former section of the berlin wall. in ireland, protesters marched from dublin city center to the u.s. embassy where they took a knee. unlike the u.s., protests abroad have been largely peaceful despite concerns over breaches of physical distancing guidelines. amid the global pandemic, injustice is also being highlighted as a threat to life. brent: i am joined now by journalist malcolm ohana way. he is a german nigerian journalist in berlin. why do these protests find so much residents heree in europe? >> i think a lot of people who are black who are of color can identify with the expxperience f being g black in western or whie infrasastructure.
therefore, i believe many people who may have experience is with racism see americans, african-americans and can project their own problems and their own racial injustices onto them. that makes it prpretty obvbviouy a lot of people who are black around the world identify with what happened to george floyd. brent: even soccer teams, big companies are showing solidarity with the protesters. why do you think we are seeing this groundswell of solidaririty all of a sudden? >> i thinknk for a lot of f the people here including myself, we have grown up with american culture andnd therefore i identd with these people.e. for a lot t of us in germany, we do not have access to our history. we are not in contact with a lot of black peoeople. the only way we get to connect withth them is through u u.s. m. i think especially also in the time we lilive in with the pandemic, we have b been sensitized to riots, the
politicacal shifts. therefore, i think t those are o key factors that plalay into the overwhelming solidarity that has been shown to george floyd. brent: there is a school of thought that says america struggles to celebrate its own diversrsity has informed mamany other countries and their struggles to do the same. do you think this global outrage, do you think it will change the way people talk about race and racism? >> that is a very good question. people have been trying to shape the conversation and discussions around race andd identity in germany for a long time. there is the organization that is establishing -- they want to count black people and figure out how many black people live inin germany and wht are their racial experiences so that you can make demands. we have had the first black vice
part -- to finally talk about the things that have been needed to be discussed by a lot of people in this country. i think they use this particular incident as a momentum to move the conversation forward. brent: you as a black man living in germany, you see many times there is this disconnect between what you experience here and with your ethnic heritage. what would you like to see change here in germany for example? >> i i think one of the key factors, we lackckanguage. we do not know how to refer to people who are not white. we only work with the categories, racial bacackgroundd and no migration no background. if i i have a child with another person that is a german national, my child will not have a migration background but the chilild will face racial discrimination. we do need a language to start
first. also, police and a lot of people need to integrate our colonial history a a an awarareness of white supremacy into their education. this is sometething wee do not w much a about. we learned five linger cheese in gegermany -- we learnened five linkages in rimini but we do not know how race relations work. you're thehe second largest country for immigration around the world. brent: hopefully one day we will be able to learn the language of everyone being human beings. mamalcolm, a a journalist herern linn. it is good talking with you. >> great pleasure. brent: here are some of the other stories making headlines around the world. thousands of people in paris defying a ban on large gatherings to protest the death of a young man in police custody and to rally against racism. many demonstrators carried signs with slogans linked to the black lives matter movement in the
unites states. germany's foreign minister has insisted journalist must be allowed to do their job safely by reporting on unrest in u.s. the comments came after adw corresponded was shot at twice by police with rubber bullets in minneapolis over the weekend. he also expressed sympathy for peaceful protesters in the u.s. russia will spend $72 billion to restore the economy following the coronavirus shutdown. the country is reeling from the collapse of oil prices. the prime mininister briefeded president vladimir putin about this program. it will run for two years and boost employment salaries and economic growth. u.s. ambassador to germany has resigned. he held the post for just over two years it is considered a close confident of the u.s. president. he repeatedly clashed with german politicians during his tenure in berlin.
derman companies that wanted to get the new trading with iran were threaeatened with consequences. most recently, he said u.s. pressure on germany will not stop in. the future he was acting director on u.s. intelligence from february until late last month. he has been a controversial figure in berlin. for more, let's speak with dw's political correspondent. richard grenell sparked a lot of controversy in germany. why? >> that is correct. it has to do mostly with his style, with the way he worked right from the very firirst day when he came here to germany. he started giving what some people described as instructions to germany a andhat was whwhy se people described him as being rather undiplomatic and a w way that is not typical of an ambassador, particularly an ambassador of the united states to germany. some people actually consider that was not very good of him.
many people were critical of his work as u.s. ambassador in berlin. others did believe because o of his style, bebecause of the confrorontational nature n not y on twitttter but also didirectly with german counterparts, he was able to push forward some of the u.s.'s main interest and was successful. there are e different views of richard grenell. it is safe to say he was one of the u.s.'s most controversial ambassadors in recent times. also someone who was described not only as trump'most important man in germany but trumps's most important man in europe. brent: if he is, do we know what prompted his departure? >> we do not know what prompted his departure. we do know how he has a close relationship with donald trump. he is seen as someone e who explained clearly what donald trump wants here in europe and
is also someone who has good connections to the white house. there has been speculation he could join donald trump's reelection campaign. it is not clear if and if so in what capacity. brent: our political correspondent on the story for us. thank you. one year ago today, germany was shocked when a politician was shot dead at close range at his home. prosecutors believe the killer was a right wing extremist. there has been a rise in attacks by far-right groups since then. germany has stepped up its efforts to counter the violence and to remember the victims. coronavirus restrictions mean that few people can gather to honor his memory on this anniversary of his death. here in berlin, his name they say will never be forgotten. >> one year ago, he was shot
dead by an alleged right wing extremist. tomorrow the anniversary of the killing that shook germany, the street in berlin's city center is being renamed in his honor. >> right wing extremist hatred is getting stronger. it is becoming part of our daily lives. but the silent majority does not take a clear stance for those threatened by it even though they find subjects disgusting. that means we fall victim to them. we want to show society you have to be loud and clear in your opposition to them. >> on the night between the first and second of june, he was shot in front of his house in a small western germantown. he was a staunch reporter of counseselor ingres -- of chancellor angela merkel's policies. four years before he was killed, he was the target of catcalls by
people now known to be right wing extremist.. >> we have to stand upup for gegerman values. whwhoever does not repepresent e can leave the country at any time. every german is free to dodo th. he was met with boos and told to leave the country. another man was among those present. the state attorney believes he was the one who killed the politician. he is the main defenendant. at first, he signed a confession but later withdrew it. any questions remain unanswered in this case. such a as whether the killer had any accomplices. investigation shows thatt shorty before and after the killing, searches with the keywords dead appeared in a number of german states. a synagogue in the city of halle was attached. two people nearby were killed. earlier this year, a racist
attack in a city left 10 people dead. the attacks left no coincidence to those trying to make a positive difference. >> there is a direct connection. right wing violence has driven -- has risen dramatically since the attack. this spurs the haters to commit more crimes. >> the trial has yet to begin. as authorities investigate the killer's motives -- brent: international donors have promised $1.3 billion in aid to yemen. the u.s. says that his half of what is needed to avoid a catastrophe. five years of war between houthi rebels and a saudi military alliance have left 80% of the population rely on food aid. with the coronavirus spreading in the country, the u.n. warns
yemen is in a race against time. >> the task of tricking -- of digging fresh green has fallen to children. the death is s id to have quintupled. the coronavirus is spreading rapidly. the health care system is on the verge of collapse. just a few clinics are still open. there is an under disc -- and ununder supply o of medicicine, factiousus care tentnts and doc. >> we are hearing s stories of people c comintoto healt facicilities with distresessed breathing and high tempeperaturs and so on and b being turnened y because there is nothing facilities can do for them. >> yemen at the edge of the abyss after five years of war between rebels and the military alliance. the infrastructure has been destroyed and hygienic conditions are catastrophic. some 16 million peoplele includg 2 million children are starving and now face the coronavirus. u.n. funding is running out.
a a virtual conferenence for dos led by saudi arabia and includuding 65 other b benefacts plans to fill the gap. as a warring party, the saudi's have also been accused of crimes. >> including the u.n.n. have documented dozens of unlawful attacks, airstrikes that have targeted medical facilities, hospitals, funeral homes. >> shooting continues even as donations are collected. let me be thee world's -- what may be the world's greatest military in crisis may get worse as long as weapons are being fired. brent: a ukrainian delegation says peace talks resume soon. six years of war in eastern ukraine have claimed more than 10,000 lives. a fast tracked peace process was a key campaign pledge from ukraine's president.
but a year into the job and to linsky is finding poetical promises are one thing and reality on the ground is another. >> tanks on the roads and shifting frontlines may be a thing of the past. the dying has never stopped. the most recent fatality, just one week ago. a 24-year-old ukrainian soldier. civilian casualties are rarer now. the people are paying a real price for this work. millions have been forced to leave their homes. many older ukrainians have stayed and must cross a heavily weaponized frontline typical there pensions -- to pick up their pensions. one key question, who should make the first concession? russia or ukraine? even a face-to-face meeting in pariris did nott h help. it i ia standining -- it is a
standoff that has put a stable cease fire out of reach. two ordinary ukrainians still believe the conflict can be resolved by negotiation. >> talks will not achieve anything. putin has his goals and he is not going to change. >> france and germany should stay involved. we need more pressure on putin. he has someone who only understands brute force. >> i think we should talk directly to putin. it is in his hands. he started all this. >> as efffforts t to bring putid zezelensky face-to-face are underway, hopes are that he can succeed where his predecessor failed. brent: here is a reminder of our top story this hour. thousands are staging peaceful protest in new york city. the mayor has extended a nighttime curfew after outbreaks
of violence and looting during antiracist protests. proud -- demonstrations across the u.s. began last week after a black man died in police custody in minneapolis. an autopsy report shows that the man was killed by a police officer. you are watching dw news live from berlin. after a short break, i will be back to take you through the day. stick around. we will be right back. [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit ncicap.org]
fifty edt activity. the protest in paris is burst into angry scenes of violence the demonstrations calling for an investigation into the death in police custody of twenty four year old adama traore rate in twenty sixteen this all coming in the wake of the unrest in united states of the death of a black man who was not on by a white police officer. eight days ago. national guard is on the streets of a vast majority of us states right now to try to restore order meanwhile police officer criticized. donald trump's tactics and attitude. in the wake of the police killing of.