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protests to break out across bello groups against a longtime leader alexander lukashenko he looks set to win a 6th term in office but the opposition says the election was rigged also ahead. another night of chaos in beirut as public anger builds in the wake of tuesday's deadly explosion our correspondent is in the midst of the under arrest. the police and the army are trying to clear out of this right now we are in the middle of a gas everywhere. this. as you can see was the
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blast that led to mass protests as a 5 day search for survivors draws to a close the bay report explosion killed at least 150 people and left thousands injured. it's t.v. . crew. broadcasting live direct from our studios in moscow this is our international i'm sean thomas certainly glad to have you with us we're going to start with breaking news from belarus where large scale protests unfolding after the country's presidential election state exit polls claim that alexander lukashenko who has been in power since 1994 has won a landslide victory the rival candidate says the vote was rigged earlier to video journalists from artie's ruptly agency were detained while covering the election
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the interior ministry has convened an emergency meeting in response to the unrest. please. liz . please live. to. be sure for us it will yeah he said you know. when i was walking home microsoft in the midst of the action i was near the sports
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center it seems like the main clashes with the police were taking place that i saw police with large shields standing file and completely blocking me out any people stood and faced the 1st the police stood still then they started banging the crown with. police trucks pulled up right police rush down and start some graffiti grabbing and detained and in some point i realized they had to find because i didn't want to get beaten up this one. more this let's cross live to our trees are on course we're all here is outside the bella russian embassy in moscow where protests also took place. and there has been immense frustration with what the opposition claims to be massive vote rigging give us the latest. well there's certainly a dumb thing there lection was fair and indeed they said the election was rigged that in fact it was a very candid that the candidate that won the election so in any case that day in
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belarus the next day and in the massive large scale violence. crowd said 6 to the streets right after the polls closed and the official exit poll numbers showed an overwhelming victory for the axim presidents alexander lukashenko now protesters clash with the police who is now border cannons rubber bullets they use states here gas as well as stun grenades now footage from a bill or ruse what you have just seen also showed ambulances rushing to the scene to cater to the wounded so the wounded the war actually also. the members of the police as well as the protesters let's take a look at some more footage of what was happening in the men's canon villa roost in the last few hours.
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the police say they have the situation under control over the protest sends a presidents and xander look at shango who seeking his 6th consecutive term in office since and 1094 is calling on his people to respect the law let's have a listen to what he had to say. easy to do months to go and demonstrate system we have 6 sites in minsk $6.00 to $10.00 of them there were demonstrations you only get 2 shots go and demonstrate is that if you do anywhere in violation of the law everything is regulate energy interfere with other people then we will hold you accountable and. the president lukashenko also added that he guarantees that no one will lose control and it will be top priority for the
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current administration for the current authorities. look at shank o's victory was largely expected but people were hoping for some changes that were hoping for something else and the bill a russian opposition are claiming is that the election was not fair and in fact it was very candid that one with the overwhelming numbers let's have a listen. is clear that this has nothing to do with normal exit polls these are just numbers off the top of someone's head the real results are exactly the opposite we suppose citizens are doing because their votes have been stolen. started his campaign with a brutal violation of the constitution. is now seizing power by force he's the one who's carrying out the coup. while the protests continue in men's like you said in the very beginning and we're standing right outside the russian embassy here in moscow protests were held here as well as well as in some other
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capitals in europe in kiev for example in a war so but it is quiet here right now meanwhile we are following what's going on there in minsk and in belarus. all right our trees are among coaster of taking across the situation there for us we know as the situation develops you'll be there to bring us the latest thanks or we heard earlier from political analyst martin mccauley he told us alexander lukashenko has no intention of going anywhere. opposition now seems to be building up because they because of the covering of the pandemic of the code 19 because of the. increasingly poor economic situation russia would like to much closer association with with most of the willing to give has been for the last 26 years between east and west look at
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she has played off one against the other very well and he gets he got a lot of all wrong russia which he can then sell on to the west that has increased price despond so he could always relations. very close in russia but of course has been. contributing to the difficulties between look at your guy and putin because putin was a close relationship. is making way look at shaker wants to keep his distance and so on if you look at the last 26 years he's been there apparently almost wherever. he lived off of the military and the militia are police very very well and they've been given the goods have been living and they've been to come to because they're the keep him in power so there are the key question is no will the military stay loyal will they change sides and if they change sides then look at younger has to go. protesters regrouped in central beirut on sunday for a 2nd night of unrest in the labor ministry was reportedly stormed in
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a replay of the previous night's clashes around key government buildings the country is reeling from the shock of tuesday's deadly explosion with protesters demanding reform for officials to be held to account are to see what is done off reports from the lebanese capital. yesterday's action was not the last one that was for sure because people it seems are driven to the edge here in lebanon and indeed it is the 2nd consecutive night of protests and a lot of people are out here in the streets there's a very distinctive smell of tear gas in the air anyone who has been ever gassed in their life can never forget that smell it's very distinctive so the police have most likely have been using and if you just if my cameraman could just zoom in just over there you can still see the smoke it's not the fires it's the tear gas used by the police here we are at one of these checkpoints if you look over there you can see the military man they're standing there and they're preventing any protest as from getting inside here although they have been trying because they have been
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trying to dismantle this barbed wire this is one of the things here that they used you see so they literally they grab it like this and try to dismantle the barbed wire they in so far they have failed and they're doing it right now in fact look they are you see they are wearing gloves this is what they are doing. and they have not succeeded a yet but. this is what they this is what they have been doing. so again and again and over there they the army they are ready to jump them as soon as they get any any closer any closer to success now people are unhappy basically what broke the cat with the straw that broke the camel's back was the last because it destroyed a lot of people's homes and they're saying essentially that they have no means of restoring of or of mending their homes themselves and they are blaming the
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government for the explosion they're saying what all those tons of neutrik acid were doing in the port. and so they are very very angry and look they almost they have almost dismantled the barbed wire at this checkpoint and. clearly the army the military the the the soldier that he's talking over the walkie talkie and i think what he's doing right now he is cooling for backup. for. the police and the army are trying to clear out of this street right now we are in the middle of the city i guess everywhere this is the army checkpoint that the protesters try to clear out and right now people are leaving they're trying they're
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running away from their running away from the epicenter from where with the action was from the most heated and you can clearly he was nearly hear the explosions. near 75 people are very confident any. any who have nothing but the army they are going the operation to free and. people are still people are picking up rocks over there if you look over there this is where people are. there covering their faces because tear gas is literally everywhere right now. you can see this is . people can barely breathe here. c.p.s. . can not do anything we cannot talk we cannot express ourselves we cannot get anything anything we try to do we have the army fighting us we have the police were to us we have everyone. everyone facing us because we need our needs and we need to get back our country and our city and this city will not be
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rebuild unless we take back our country and if you look if you just look over that there is that she has just been swimming with people all you can see there right now is just a line of soldiers just a pack of soldiers who have moved forward about a 100 meters from the at the center from the epicenter of the protest and this is basically this is going to be their position now and from over there they will keep moving here and they will keep clearing out the streets and these bright flashes that you can see the night sky this is the t. a gas these are tear gas canisters there is a lot of tear gas you can see but but protesters i centrally blinding trying to blind the army with these green lasers which is very very dangerous by the way because if they are powerful enough they can blind a person literally we are just now at the front line literally we are one of the few people left as close to the police as we are right now were where the police
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were using the army were using tear gas we have been gassed a number of times like 3 or 4 times maybe rule covered in residue right now but right now the army has essentially cleared out the street so you can see it is completely empty now the road block the police checkpoint the military checkpoint that the demonstrators were trying to dismantle is right be right after it's right next to that glowing mosque so right now the police have cleared the army i should say because it is military these are soldiers they have cleared all the street you can see feel. medics here who are ready to provide support to anyone who is sick to anyone who has room by rubber bullets which the police how the military excuse me have been using or who have had tear gas poisoning because it has been very extensive and so basically all the demonstrators they have moved down the streets and the police have been the army has been chasing them there is something set up
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a blaze over there also the also results also the aftermath of the protests but right now you can see here ambulances because i am absolutely certain that there will be plenty of wounded perhaps even as many as yesterday from the mall because it has been the 2nd consecutive day of protests and these are fully fully get a riot police who are falling back which probably means that the protesters have been scattered through the streets let me tell you their operation has been very swift very fast they moved as they were clearing the streets firing rubber bullets firing tear gas as people were falling back it was quite indiscriminate because all journalists were there in the crowd as well a lot of journalists were there they didn't care for it but well one might say it's not really their job to care about someone who decided to cover the protest from the thick of it but yes right now it looks like the protesters have been have been
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while they have had to fold back and scatter through the streets again as i've already mentioned it's the 2nd consecutive day of protest of protests excuse me here in the lebanese capital yesterday more than 700 people were wounded almost close to a 1000 people were injured in the clashes and basically today we've seen the very same scenario unfold people trying to occupy minute stereo and governmental buildings and the army evicting them from there shortly afterwards and be a basically people are very. i'm happy about so many things also some people have been pointing out that hospitals those that have not been destroyed by the blast in the port they are already overflowing they're being overwhelmed with patients essentially there are people who are sick with covert 19 there are people still injured from the bloss now daily they have to treat hundreds and hundreds of people
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because of the protests and p. and some people have some critics have been saying that well it's not the right time while it is certainly an emotional and a wrenching time for the people here in lebanon they have been saying maybe maybe there should be a different approach maybe people shouldn't wait but a lot of people are clearly very sick of waiting tragedy struck at around 6 pm on tuesday when a massive blast hit the beirut port area 158 deaths have been confirmed but with dozens still missing it is feared that the number will rise the city's health system already struggling with covert 1000 has been overwhelmed by the disaster numerous city buildings have been badly damaged and thousands of locals have been left homeless.
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no not all of a sudden we found everything turned over our hands but i turned around and i was hit by something in my right hand the st. kitts t.v. but you. should see. the devastation here in the lebanese capital is very much the blahs that was felt at the time kilometers away from the board where it took place i believe this is going to be a sleepless night for the lebanese and a very sad 9. 11 years army and fire fighters have been still trying to put off the fire which is still until today burning through a the remains of the warehouses rescue workers are still trying to take to the rubble to find the remainder or the the missing and
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differentials that they are allowed to. angry very sad we lost the country we lost beirut we have people. we didn't find yet we have family members we don't know anything about people who
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will daily go back to the streets they will daily ask for justice we need the justice made who doesn't deserve this and we wish you is what happened to us well don had already been going through its worst financial crisis in years inflation is soaring and almost half the population lives below the poverty line around a 3rd of working age adults are unemployed the latest on rest is a sharp escalation of the anti-corruption rallies ongoing since last october on saturday demonstrators put up a mock gallows in a location where people were hanged more than 100 years ago under the ottoman empire protestors raised cardboard cut outs with ropes around their necks depicting lebanon's prime minister and hezbollah's leader as well as other officials in response to the unrest lebanon's information minister has stepped down saying the government has failed the people the environment minister has also quit stating that he has lost hope and he quote stero regime journalist rania colic earlier told
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the union o'neil my colleague that the protesters want someone to be held accountable for the tragedy. a lot of righteous anger in the streets of people who are angry they lost their anger they lost their homes angry this happened on top of everything else it's been deteriorating in the country and there's also you know some attempts to manipulate for political gain by different political factions so there are certain political factions who have people the streets trying to make it about his boat as opposed to about the entire lebanese power structure and any course you have people who were demonstrating starting in october jus to the economic collapse who have continued those of inspirations in the aftermath of this and what we're seeing is you know i some of the most violent confrontations between security forces and protesters in recent memory most people believe it was an accidental due to corruption and negligence and competence which seems to be the case as for who's to blame you know people who belong to parties that are pro-american and you tend to blame hezbollah because their leaders are blaming is
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what will. rule in all this so most of the public as you say has been directed against them as well as not some all powerful force that controls the entire country that's just not the case that is a certain narrative that we're hearing from certain political factions and certain like western narratives so it's not one specific party that was responsible for this it wasn't hezbollah that was responsible for this it was the people in charge of the port authority some people that were in the judiciary that refused to act on it and intervene and a corrupt elite that was trying to negotiate a way to make money off of this and couldn't figure out how to split the profits so they just let this fertilizer sit there until this dangerous explosion took place it's a fault of lebanon being a dysfunctional incompetent failed state for the most part and it's always been that way i don't see this. deteriorating and feel like a civil war type of condition is lebanon's a broke country and there's nobody to fund
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in the depths. for a mate in the shallows. during this year we talk about all those crazy problems out there and then during the summer we deal with solutions that's right so lucian's and today we're going to be talking with the nose of coin floor dot dot u.k. . welcome back this is our chief international this week marked 75 years since of the us dropped an atomic bomb on the japanese city of nagasaki just days before that on the 6th of august 1905 hiroshima was also attacked around 200000 civilians were killed some years after the tragedy due to severe burns radiation sickness and other injuries.
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i had to cut down at my desk when i get to. talk. to. sheena to have i think i need to let him out and have commissioned. a memorial events have been scaled back this year due to the pandemic but small ceremonies still took place in both cities affected by the tragedy during the commercials japan's prime minister was joined by the few surviving witnesses of the attacks they marched to the blasts with a minute of silence. the u.s.
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and japan are forever linked by the tragedy here is what people in hiroshima and new york know and had to say about the events of 1905. take a drastic measure it's here and the kind i like to say i feel like i haven't learned much about the south against the us. cheap and has just. been the consequence of more positive results simple like from harbor maybe pearl harbor it had something to do with the us response to for a lot of or. we're. fixing serves of. it's justified i don't know i think it's tough to blame people for the mistakes of history and see why something like that catastrophic should go like not an apology were like but i'm pretty sure i'm
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looking for reparations i'm native american the fingers will get any rest not going to happen it's not going to happen but it just nice. but that's when my mother was 7 months pregnant with me the atomic bomb was dropped my cousin was also an atomic bomb survivor and died of leukemia after 75 years i'm still very sorry for those who died. and i think the use of the atomic bomb was unacceptable there was no reason to do it and the military situation was utterly hopeless for japan perhaps it wouldn't have taken much longer for the water end would have been over without the bombings and the war between japan and the us it's a shame the us hasn't apologized to japan for the bombings. it's very important to say it out loud to emphasize what the real purpose of the hiroshima bombing was if we keep silent the propaganda will win. or there's a for me this i'll be back next hour with more news this is art into.
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thinks. we. ask. i'm afshin rattansi and you're watching another lockdown edition all going on the ground this time the penultimate episode of this season coming up in the show $1750.00 tons of ammonium nitrate exploded in the port of beirut killing injuring placing thousands.


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