tv [untitled] August 21, 2011 6:01pm-6:31pm EDT
i'm broadcasting live direct from the heart of moscow this is r t on what is a busy night with breaking news coming out of libya let's get right to that reports are coming in that libyan leader moammar gadhafi is personal security guard has disarmed and surrendered the rebel council says it will stop the fighting that's raging around the capital tripoli if khadafi leaves the country they also claiming to have captured colonel gadhafi his son safe. so he added president says the libyan rebels are coming under sniper fire as they near the capital's main square rebels have reportedly entered a tripoli from the west as fighting in libya intensifies associated press say that nato has backed rebel forces and they have advanced to within a few kilometers of tripoli's city center i witness is our tweeting that an
independence flag has been raised on a mosque in the city there are also reports on social media sites that state t.v. in libya has gone off the air the spokesperson eba human has called for a cease fire but says the rebels are not ready to listen. more than one thousand three hundred people have been killed within the last twelve hours of fighting that's according to the libyan government spokesperson spokesman mussa ibrahim he had wrist addressed journalists in tripoli accusing nato forces of causing death and destruction. nato is at that king the heart of it these four civilian city it's that the economic. that is they can dispense of with that vision is that that volunteers and they give. air cover to these. who have no political project no dream for libya
what they want right now is then that to understand political analyst mob enough them royal who's in tripoli as nato is the major key player in the assault they specifically targeting the areas where international journalists are. nato has done all the heavy work this is a nato war make no mistake this is a nato war they heavily bombed cities west of here they bombed all night without even ten seconds of stopping they bombed this entire city nato landed the. insurgents on to the coast of tripoli they have no respect for the international press i was putting up a sign on the hotel on top of the hotel i took the initiative to downright press and snipers shot at me i was told right now i can't confirm it but i was told and
a lot of the libyans the people i'm not seeing in green square in other parts of the city not arms and ready to fight to defend this nation i don't know how to play out but it was a huge ecological war here. the war effort the media has been literally involved here this war is not about colonel gadhafi colonel gadhafi is just the pretext for this war this war has nothing to do you know gadhafi has any money from the people a key player in the military campaign against the libyan regime washington has claimed the rule of gadhafi is coming to an end the u.s. is reported to be in close contact with rebel leaders and is monitoring the situation on the ground archies than a church camp has more from washington. we haven't heard any official statements yet but as the rebels are closing in on tripoli we might be well seen the end of khadafi regime the whole of the international community has been united in saying they could offer has no future in a libya and that including all of the members of the u.n.
security council they all shared their view that khadafi moscow including russia as well but the means by which nato has been accomplishing the goal of al sting khadafi have seen many violations of the u.n. resolution that authorized the military intervention six months ago the resolution was designed to protect civilians but many innocent civilians have been killed by nato strikes during those six months and the funneling of weapons to levy unravels has been done in here a violation of the arms embargo that was imposed on libya western powers clearly took sides in the civil war basically disregarding the whole part of the population that never wanted an intervention in the first place in light of all those violations it was very on likely that the u.n. security council would have adopted another resolution only via come september is that temper is when the previous resolution runs out so it's very it was very crucial for the rebels and nato to carry out the operation before the resolution
expires from what we see on the ground the rebels might be meeting the deadline there's although the rebels are far from being a homogenous group their official leadership and that is the transitional national council as being recognized by all allied forces there who have been helping them oust gadhafi the rebels have seen some have the backing they've been have really backed by western powers including the united states the head of the council mostafa jolie who has traveled to washington a number of times he has received overwhelming support from politicians here so he's definitely seen as their man in tripoli but one of the stumbling points here is that he hasn't been chosen as a leader by the libyan people. themselves and many liberal libyans are outraged by the fact that those very important choices are being made for them also going back to the point that the rebels are not a homogenous group there has been some infighting going on among the rebels as well
at the end of july a top rebel military commander was killed and a very suspicious circumstances circumstances which led to believe that the head of the transitional national council might have had a hand in that murder but again that infighting has been very murky and definitely has not received enough coverage but many experts are saying the fight for being in charge of libya is no surprising considering what is at stake and let's not forget it is a nation that has the richest oil reserves in africa and he's going to church account there from washington now president sarkozy of france as well as the german government are again calling on qaddafi to step down in the face of the recent games by the rebels are daniel bushell is in paris with the latest president sarkozy called on gadhafi to immediately give out what power he has left to order his forces to cease fire and to give way it's because he called the legitimate
libyan authorities the outcome of the rebel victory is no longer in belts but the french leader did he fully supports the rebels he called this at the source of moment and hailed the libyan people who support them reiterating france's backing for the rebel provisional council germany has called on gadhafi to step down quickly difference here fear friends will now use military force in the capital putting civilian lives at risk and that it will use the international criminal court of gadhafi as a justification. that was genuine recording from a paris we'll come back to this story in just a bit but right now moving on cross border violence has erupted in the middle east of this week with real launching airstrikes in gaza hamas responded by launching more than one hundred rockets and mortars into the country the violence erupted after a series of attacks inside the jewish state on thursday that killed eight civilians latest reports however suggest that egypt has managed to broker
a ceasefire between the two sides are policy is a following the developments from for us from jerusalem. reports we're receiving indicate that her master officials say that cairo has brokered this truce which goes into effect this evening we understand their television was hesitant about making any kind of agreement with the guard to operatives and the militants put down fire first we also understand that it will be the responsibility of her master security personnel to enforce the cease fire not only this is good news but the reality on the ground is that no one here really believes that a cease fire between the two sides will rast and will will really survive the test of time this latest violence started on thursday in a three pronged attack there cliff eighty's rabies did not it's all responded almost immediately with a strikes and those air strikes have been continuous since tuesday there have been more than a dozen palestinians killed they have been more than eighty grad and cause some
rockets that have rained down on southern israeli towns killing one israeli and injuring many more so certainly the these things on the ground is that both sides are incredibly angry both sides are incredibly distrustful of the other and one of the sentiments being expressed here in israeli circles today is that the israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu has been preparing for a war with gaza for some time and every what happened on thursday was just the perfect opportunity to carry out the assault that we've seen this ties in with the current domestic problems. in israel this very weekend we saw the marches on the streets you have more people protesting about the way that it was a lot of the government's domestic policy right now there is some cynicism isn't there about the timing of these. assaults that across the weekend at the same time as they were demonstrating about the problems within israel but they certainly had some cynicism here in israeli circles when you talk to demonstrators they say that they're not surprised by the latest spate of violence many believe that netanyahu
was hoping for something like this to happen because he has a prime minister that is very strong. on security issues on issues of what what is called terrorism here in israel rather than on addressing socio economic internal problems so for more than a month now you've had tens of thousands of protesters in all the major cities in israel they marched again last night and whereas before the slogan was a cool for social justice they added a new slogan used today saying a call for a cease fire now the protesters that i've been speaking to are adamant that they will not let this latest spate of violence detract the netanyahu government from a great scene. they plan that by the first weekend in september they'll have a million man march they believe they'll get a million israeli citizens to the streets so that's almost one sixth of the population here so they certainly is a lot of disgruntled is rabies about domestic issues and if anything ironically this latest spate of violence that they say has made them even more determined to
make should an attorney who any government addresses the concerns that was reporting from jerusalem speaking with my colleague kevin earlier this evening and now back to our top story we can now cross to our thinking of a journalist is the feelin in tripoli to find out what's happening on the ground there. can you just give us an example in the feeling of what's happening now in tripoli. yes well we just heard a few minutes ago from the government spokesman was abraham that one thousand three hundred people have been murdered in tripoli over the past twelve hours because of the emergence of the rebels in tripoli with the support of nato and yesterday over three hundred people were killed and just today more than one hundred people were injured so the situation now is very grave and crucial and it's clear. that it's the only obstacle to this brutal bloodbath in tripoli how can you say
is is nato and the minute that nato leaves this country i mean it's this bloodshed will and the rebels admitted at the beginning of the crisis that without the support of nato they would have collapsed within two days and this morning we had. a press conference with the heads of the libyan intelligence analysts and you see who accused the west. of working with al qaeda which to be in government of course has been saying all along that this has been vindicated a number of times during this crisis most recently veyron al jazeera interview with none other than. the who is a well known al qaeda terrorist who was speaking on behalf of the rebels in libya so now we have a situation whereby. leaving nato on the ground in libya they are their ground forces they are calling him
a pro and telling them where to bomb and here in tripoli every time that the rebels conduct threat from the masses the masses in tripoli and the libyan army nato bombs as abraham says anything that moves so really the time may well overdue for a cease fire and for negotiations as i said we've seen one thousand three hundred people killed in the past twelve hours alone this is almost. equal to the number which was massacred in the three week by israel in gaza in two thousand and eight two thousand and nine really the way of the people of the wild as well raising that we sizwe some of them raising their voices across the world for gaza in two thousand and eight and two thousand and nine where are they for the people have tricked me into the people of libya quick question we are hearing reports the islamic about the son has been captured by the rebels we're also hearing reports that could offer himself may have left tripoli proper what are you hearing on the
ground what is your sense from being there as to what's happening on that front. festival. that saif al islam was arrested first i believe first of all that came from al jazeera which of course has been at the center of a media conspiracy against libya and they claims that saif al islam which was captured in the rixos hotel which is where i am now and which is where i have been for the past twenty four or so hours and i can guarantee you that nothing of the sort happens here. in regards to give back to leaving the country this is an absolute nonsense he will never leave the country he has said that over and over again he has sacrificed a lot for this country and he has and he has fooled the west before and this is surely not the last time that you will he once said that you would be is the tree in which in the shape of which we states we planted it with our hands. with our blood because i'm not the words of a man who is going to betray his country he will he will die fighting in libya if
necessary of course you know we've also heard that there are the actual state run television is off the air but we're also hearing that alfie has addressed people with an audio message from that same source are you seeing libyan television on currently and what what are they reporting. i haven't seen i could turn on the television right now by them once i mean away from from the camera just to verify for that for you if you want i could do that for at length about date but yes i did i did also hear the gadhafi was addressing the libyan people via libyan television so i'm just waiting for confirmation of that myself also reports coming in that the army has surrendered the libyan army has surrendered to rebels also that put off his personal guard has laid down their arms are you hearing this as well or is this a media fabrication. i'm sure that this would not be be the case i mean.
if the libyan army surrender then surrender which they are just they're enduring. you know they i think the opening up. to a group of criminals. groups. african racists as we have seen with the mass shootings of black people in benghazi and elsewhere in libya and then libyan army is very busy and as we know it's not yet using its full military capability it has staved off the largest military force for the past five months it's not going to this is the decisive battle now it's not just going to roll over and leave its people so this. essential you have criminals all right thank you very much live from the libyan capital that was independent journalist there's a feeling we'll keep you up to date as more information becomes available thank you for joining us. to britain now where two young men have been handed tough jail sentences for using facebook to encourage violent riots the terms were praised by
prime minister david cameron but slammed by human rights groups as over the top artie's over bennett has more on how the policy of zero tolerance has taken hold in the u.k. . four years behind bars for the riot that didn't even happen jordan black sure and perry sutcliffe kenan were banged up for inciting disorder on facebook no one turned up after their invitation to riot which they later said was a drunken joke but now they face sentences even tougher than most looters and our worry is that it is an imbalance a four year sentence for example would normally be given to somebody for a previous bodily harm for holding someone up with a knife or even for. some form of sexual assault so it seems to me that that there is a danger that the courts are moving into disproportionate territory and that actually devalues our response to more serious crimes that governments encourage
courts to dish out harsh sentences by using the public disturbance as an aggravating factor it's meant this man anderson fernandez could even be sent to jail for theft of just two scoops of ice cream because like this one denying bail to most offenders and ignoring any claims of previous good character of the one thousand two hundred seventy seven people charged so far two thirds have been remanded in custody that's way up on last year's rate for serious crimes which is just ten percent some offenders even being made homeless is their punishment with local governments taking away their houses but many say it's all simply cause more harm than good i think this is very unwise the move to remove people from housing intern move benefits because actually if we are seeing that some of the crime that we saw on the streets was an expression of people not feeling part to society not feeling part of our communities then these measures are actually going to push
people further away from society further away from our communities and far more likely to commit crime the facebook case is the first sign of the government's desire to crack down on social media sites like twitter were applauded by the west to mobilize. the masses in the arab world but they were also instrumental in the u.k. riots so now the prime minister wants it to stop we are working with the police the intelligence services and industry to look at whether it would be right to stop people communicating via these websites or services when we know they are plotting violence disorder and criminality when social media fueled revolutions in egypt and tunisia britain called it democracy but now the shoe's on the other foot when troubles closer to home i'm very conscious that there be new you know the. poor or. movements and we would be the force to complete. the authorities in countries we're trying to walk. the prime minister says this is where britain
fights back but it speeds this fighting fire with fire could only fan the flames of civil disorder bennet's artsy london. a collective economic a government that's the latest measure proposed by top e.u. leaders in their bid to hold market turmoil and reverse of the stagnation across the continent but the latest ideas have found little support among investors who say it's come as too little too late angela merkel and nicolas sarkozy rejected the idea of euro bonds favored by the markets and is seen by many as the best way of emerging from the debt crisis and according to international consultant and former belgian m.p. lord. the entire affair was a p.r. boost for ailing politicians. and went to london biggest economies of the european monetary union get together that is of course always meaningful if only on up psychological level and in these meetings tend to draw the line of should the
eurozone countries at last in general so whatever to decide there is basically taken by the other countries they're not going after the ones that cost the crisis they're not going after the ones that have the money that as we lost in this crisis i mean why not talk about the raising taxes on those people why not to talking about putting social demands on these bailouts for the banks who merkel and sarkozy are facing huge problems with their popularity in the in the polls so i think it's also new with the image of building etc not so much rita finding a real solution. and yet another blow to the eurozone of the blocks a second one hundred sixty billion euro bailout for greece may be under threat things has agreed to provide finland with a collateral in return for its contribution to the financial rescue package but it's sparked indignation among the other fifteen donors some of which are now also
demanding collateral analysts however warn that greece is incapable of handing out such guarantees and a professor of applied economics patrick oppman for it says that lack of direction in the e.u. isn't helping battle this crisis. there's obviously a lot of uncertainty about the eurozone and what will happen to the euro zone summit wasn't very conclusive or helpful in that respect so that's a great deal of uncertainty which is worrying the markets about the situation of banks in europe i think that will be resolved but it may take some time to resolve it that's the problem meanwhile markets are very nervous and the eurozone will be will take time to sort itself out either the euro will break up all they will produce a fiscal union with big. tobacco all these countries nobody really in a quite knows which. that won't be resolved anytime soon but i think what it is happening what is happening is that the western economies the richer economies
having a harder time of it because you know all the growth if you like in realty of all materials is being taken by countries like china and india and brazil and so that's leaving very little scope for the richer countries to grow their groaning under these very high oil prices you know which depress their incomes and make them much more cautious syria's president assad has given a live t.v. interview saying the regime is not in danger of falling and that the government is able to deal with the current unrest in the country syrian state media have condemned u.s. and european calls for president assad to step down. saying the move is part of a conspiracy russia has also refused to back the calls saying assad should be given more time to implement promised reforms this comes in a wake of a crackdown on protesters but as our g.'s maria financial reports while the west sees the government's action as zero pressure syria see it as protection.
job is done the city liberated there is order in the east of the country has become the last syrian city to have to clear an extremist strip have been terrorizing his citizens for weeks the military claim is that he's bandits blocked the weights put up barricades it became a city we were hiding we were just like hostages. soldiers of the syrian army i live in the city all of the near the iraqi border. officials are saying operation is now over that the city has been freed from armed groups as you can see people are welcome in the soldiers as the waiters between the tanks have been trying to make their way through jubilant crowds thousands of kilometers away in the white house a decision has already matured president bashar al assad is the one who's terrorizing the syrian people and that should and. the transition to democracy in syria has
begun and it's time for assad to get out of the way not everybody has agreed that moscow has insisted that assad should be given time to implement promised changes his recent decisions to release political prisoners repeal emergency law and allow peaceful demonstrations have indicated the right direction but external pressure could still bury fragile transition. reforms will give forces to syria it will make the country stronger but syria's enemies don't want syria to be strong america for instance they're sick and tired of a strong syria and they want to weaken its they don't want reforms they need instability and chaos across the country is not responsible and there pressure works for it with contradictory reports about policemen and security officers killed across the country and the army is continuing crackdown on protesters despite president assad's pledges to the un and his top military operations the
syrian people no longer know who to trust and want to believe. with a country at the crossroad again the on themselves with patience raef notion r.t. syria. and returning to our breaking news story we ports are coming in that libyan leader moammar gadhafi is personal security guard has disarmed and surrendered the rebel council says it will stop the fighting that's raging around the capital tripoli if gadhafi leaves the country al jazeera is reporting that three of gadhafi is sons are being held by rebels other reports coming from the associated press agency say that the rebels are coming under sniper fire as they near the capital's main square rebels have reportedly entered tripoli from the west as fighting in libya intensifies i witness is our tweeted that an independent flag has been raised on abdel mosque in the city cut off the spokes person. has called for
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and really the top news information from around the world this is live from moscow let's take a look at your top headlines as there's breaking news coming in from libya battle rages in libya reports coming in saying colonel gadhafi security brigade has laid down its arms as rebels advance towards the central square of the capital the rebel council says it will stop the fighting if gadhafi leaves the country. the son of the libyan leader saif islam. suggestions of a ceasefire egypt has reportedly managed to convince both gaza and israel to lay down arms after days of heavy shelling. and other stories that shaped the past week the crackdown against gains momentum with. those who.