tv Weekend News Al Jazeera August 30, 2015 4:00am-4:31am EDT
>> protests in malaysia. thousands rally for a second day demanding the prime minister's resignation. hello. you are watching al jazeera. also coming up in the program, the u.n. joined for global condemnation as an egyptian judge sentenced three journalists to jail. also -- >> they are coming back. >> we'll be reporting from
northern nigeria where farmers chased away are now reclaiming their land. tens of thousands of protesters have gathered in malaysia for a second day seeking the prime minister's resignation. they accuse him of corruption and mismanaging the economy. public anger has been growing over a $700 million payment made to his bank account from unnamed foreign donors. protesters accuse him of taking money from the state fund set up in 2009 to try to turn it into a financial hub. we spoke with some of the demonstrators. >> reporter: tired and hungry, they prepare for another day of
protests. they traveled almost seven hours to be here, sleeping on this concrete pavement overnight to show their support for a massive anticorruption rally. >> we want everybody to have equal opportunity, everybody have equal share and everybody treats everybody equally. that is what we want. >> reporter: concerned about a police crackdown, they carried masks to fend off tear gas. thousands of demonstrators have taken over the center of malaysia's capital, calling for the resignation of the prime minister and a more transparent bureaucracy. there are people from all walks of life, some professional, many students. there is one thing they have in common, they are fed up with the government that they believe is chronically corrupt. he's alleged to have taken almost $700 million from the
state investment fund. he denies any wrongdoing, but many here believe it's time for him to go. >> we are calling on the parliament, that if you see there is something wrong about what he is doing, then they should pass a vote of no confidence. >> reporter: but the prime minister remains defiant, refusing to step down. authorities labeled this rally illegal and have blocked a website related to it. >> it would be very wise for the current government not to ignore this sentiment, but really to take heat of them and not drown these voices. >> reporter: analysts believe this move is unlikely to force the prime minister's resignation. but protesters have vowed to carry on their campaign.
we have an an throw poll gift. >> a lot of people are feeling the pinch, 6% gsp was introduced. all these things aren't helping with rising costs especially. so people are feeling the pinch and a scandal such as the one that's being reported about the 700 million u.s. dollars, makes it quite apparent that there is some people who are benefiting unduly and a lot of people who are not benefiting at all from affirmative action policies and from the wide economic benefits in general. and those people are showing and demonstrating their
dissatisfaction on the streets over the last two days. this is the beginning rather than the end. it's not the end of a process of hoping and arguing for fairer and elections and cleaner elections especially. i think it's the beginning of the renewed push for better governance in malaysia. i think the scandal has brought to the fore the scale of the alleged corruption in the system and the systemic bad governance that they have to deal with on a daily basis. in japan tens of thousands of people have taken to the streets to protest against a security build. the house of parliament is debating on whether to send troops sent abroad. similar protests when the bill was pushed through japan's lower
house last month. the sentencing of three al jazeera journalists in egypt on saturday has been condemned worldwide. they were found guilty of aiding a terrorist organization and broadcasting false news, claims when they and al jazeera deny. in a statement they u.n. secretary general said he regrets the decision by the egyptian court. the u.s. state department said it was deeply disappointed and concerned and that freedom of the press to investigate, report and comment is fundamental to any free society. the prime minister of candles ca condemned the sentencing. the prime minister said canada continues to call on the release of mr. fahmi and cooperation to facilitate his return home.
they have spent their first night in jail since being sentencedded on saturday. the judge gave them and peter a three year prison term. peter was retried after being deport in february. he says the verdict is a gross injustice. andrew thomas spoke to him in sydney. >> reporter: peter finished his press conference. a big crowd of journalists there. i'm pleased to see that he joins me now. peter, there is still a lot of interest in this. that's a positive sign. >> it's a positive sign. we need to make sure we keep public attention, public awareness about our case and this gross injustice. i'm convinced that one of the main reasons why i'm here today, one of the reasons why i was deported is because we had so much public support. because so many people around the world were aware of the injustice in our original trial
and made it almost impossible for the egyptian government to continue to hold me there. we need to make sure that that noise doesn't die away. the media attention we have been getting is vital. we need to keep it going. >> where does the campaign go from here? what are the elements of it? >> there is a legal aspect to this. we are going to look at possible options for an appeal and look to the president to issue a pardon. he said several times before that he would pardon us if we were ever convicted. and the whole world's attention is focused on this trial to see how committed egypt is to rule of law, justice, freedom of the press. we have seen a gross injustice in these convictions. and the president has an opportunity to correct that and make it clear that egypt does respect those principles. we are going to look to diplomatic and political
support. i have already spoken to the australia foreign minister. she's personally involved. she said she will use every diplomatic means available to her to try and get this conviction overturned. we'll be speaking to other people in the white house and within the british government, within the european union, every one we can to remind egypt that the world really does care about this case and what it stands for. and we'll be looking to continue very powerful social media campaign. >> thank you very much. the chief concern is for his two colleagues still in prison now back in cairo. four men have been detained in hungary in connection with a human smuggling case in which 71 refugees died. they are being held in custody because they are considered a flight risk. the refugees were found dead in the back of a truck in austria, some are thought to be syrian. meanwhile, police in austria
have found 26 people being smuggled in a truck. the vehicle was pulled over after a chase close to the western border with germany. the group from syria, bangladesh and afghanistan were trying to get to germany. three of them were children and are being treated for severe dehydration. the refugee crisis is the worst europe has seen since world war ii. the united nations says more than 300,000 people have crossed the mediterranean this year trying to get to the eu. many have made it to grease, but witgreece, butwith the many arrs there, the government is struggling. >> these afghan children are having a little of their childhood restored. the red cross set up this tent for games. here, too, they have food and 24 hour medical care. but much has been taken from them in years of war, poverty
and exile. this boy was born in exile because his family feared for their lives. >> in afghanistan there was some people like taliban, they kill the people. that was related to iran. i'm going to go to a place that acts as us, acts as us, like a person, a human. >> more than 170,000 refugees have poured into greece, all looking for a better life. this is an improvement on the tent city that had sprung up. local residents feared a threat to public health and safety. some 500 afghans who were in camp here are now gone. initially to the new facility, but ultimately out of greece and northward into the balkans.
the new facility attempts to strike a balance between the free for all that existed here and the policy of detention centers. under that policy, undocumented migrants were being detained indefinitely. that left greece exposed under european law. in march the left wing government shut down the camp and released its inmates. but the closure is controversial. it is the same across europe, a struggle to combine law and order with humanity. in greece the arrivals keep coming. the government chartered this vessel. they felt euphoria as they took their first steps on continental europe, sending pictures home. >> my family lost more than ten men, women and children. there is nothing to eat. if you find food, it is expensive and only for the rich.
>> the sudden freedom is overwhelming. some families unsure of where to go. some get on buses, others head to the athens metro on their long journey, this is a respite from which they seek only a little comfort and humanity. still to come on al jazeera, ten years after hurricane katrina devastated new orleans, the city remembers its dead. and sharing the spotlight, the big stars lending their fame to reboot the philippine film industry.
>> you are watching al jazeera. a reminder of the top stories. thousands of malaysians have called on the prime minister to quit. anger has been growing over a $700 million payment made to his bank account from unnamed foreign donors. the sentencing of three al jazeera journalists on saturday has been condemned worldwide. the u.n. secretary general regrets the decision by the egyptian court while the u.s. state department expressed concern and disappointment. four men have been detained in hungary in connection with a human smuggling case. the bodies were found in the back of a truck on thursday. police have pushed back
protesters who tried to set fire to barricades. thousands have gathered in beirut for a second weekend. the protest sparked by a garbage crisis has expanded to reflect anger at the state's failure to provide basic services. >> reporter: by all accounts the turnout of saturday's protest is significant here in central beirut. thousands of people have come out to demonstrate, this is an antipolitical establishment they are fed up with. they are against the system which they say has failed them. the only flags you find here are the lab niece flags, not those of political parties. let's ask some people why they are here, what are their demands. can you tell me why you are protesting? >> i'm protesting because i believe in democracy, i believe in freedom of speech, i believe in something new, like
innovation, new government. >> thank you. that's one view. it is a pro democratic angle to why some people have taken to the streets. let's ask another young lady here, what is it that is going to make you say that you have achieved something in. >> we want our basic rights, no garbage on the streets, job opportunities, so we can come back home and live with our parents. security so we can feel safe in our country. that's about it. >> so there is a wide range of why people come to the streets. many triggered by the garbage crisis, but the problems as we have been seeing are much deeper. they are a lot of them linked to the sectarian makeup of lebanon's political system. >> the important thing here is the fact that all of these people came on their own volition. they weren't sent by parties. they came because they want to
challenge the nature of the power structure and they came with specific demands that they want to implement and that are realistic and implementable. the combination of those three things makes this historic. >> reporter: as we have been seeing, it's a new unique type of movement that is building here in lebanon. it is one based on basic demands like water and electricity, but one that's aiming to achieve much greater things at the top of which is changing the political system. whether or not they can do that is something that they still haven't answered. however, the coming weeks will be exciting in one of the world's most significant countries. the president traveled to sudan seeking support in the fighting against houthi forces. they are in a battle to stop iran's expansion in the region.
the u.s. city of new orleans has been marking ten years since hurricane katrina made landfall. the storm killed more than 1800 people and left much of the city under water. andy gallagher reports. >> reporter: at memorial services, they gathered to remember those lost to the storm. a decade ago the city laid submerged, the streets and neighborhoods in ruins. the losses were too great. the mayor said the struggles of the past ten years weren't in vein. >> i want to take a minute to do the best i can to make sure the people of new orleans know that the world has not forgotten us and continues to hold us up as a model for the country and are here with us to remember us this week. we want to commemorate the lives
lost which we are doing today and we want to say thank you to the world that came to our aid in our darkest hour. >> reporter: residents danced and marched through the neighborhoods. unique celebration of death and rebirth. ten years after the city's levies failed, a new system provides protection from future storms. in the lower 9th ward, one of the worst hit neighborhoods, there was a celebration, less than half the residents of this neighborhood ever returned to their homes. those that are here are determined to restore their community. if there is one thing to take away from this struggle, it's this. resilience, you can't kill the spirit of the city despite the challenges it still faces. poverty remains a big issue. the city has made a steady recovery. residents remain optimism.
>> katrina made us stronger. once you fall down, you learn from your mistakes. we came back bigger and better. >> reporter: what happened then years ago cannot be forgotten. there is a push to make things better no matter how long it takes. guatemala's parliament is expected to vote in the coming days on whether the president should be impeached. protesters are calling for him to resign over a massive corruption scandal that's already seen his vice president facing charges. he denies the allegations. security will be tight on european railways after the failed attack on a high speed train between amsterdam and paris last week. passengers will face more identification and baggage checks. >> reporter: the foiled gun attack on a crowded high speed
amsterdam to paris express exposed a lapse of security on europe's railways. it was only the bravery of four passengers who overpowered the gunman that prevented a potential massacre. france convened a security summit of interior ministers from across the eu to formulate a coordinated response to the threat. the summette has thrown up a number of suggestions to toughen security measures. they installed metal detect tores, more armed security forces to be drafted into main line stations, exchange of security information so countries know when a suspect is heading their way. and the introduction of selected targeted checks in and out of turkey, a common entrance and exit point from jihaddists traveling from syria. but the minister was frank in
assessing the chances of winning the fight against terror attacks. >> it's impossible to have a complete check of persons and luggage of millions of people who travel day per day in germany and europe. this is technically impossible. and it will be a victory for terrorists to destroy our free travel. >> it was a pessimistic view shared by rail travelers this weekend. >> when you are traveling, you risk your life, actually. it's shocking. but at the end i think it can happen anywhere, on the beach, on the train here in europe. >> reporter: transport ministers will debate at a summit with the burden of ensuring tens of
thousands of passengers every day. men were sentenced to death on friday after being convicted for murder and for the use of explosives. peace is returning to some communities in northern nigerians after thousands of people were forced out by cattle thieves. we report on how they are rebuilding their lives. >> reporter: for the first time in three years, he can work on his farm. like many villages around the northwest, he's returning home after being forced out by thieves. for them, tilling the land was impossible until a few months ago. >> translator: we suffered and lost lives and property. we fled several times and they said not to run. we can't run forever.
we are still afraid. but where else can we go? >> reporter: hundreds are killed across the region. families have been pushed into poverty as thousands of cattle were stolen. communities are just beginning to rebuild. >> translator: this is common now. my people are coming back. we are trying to get back on our feet, but it is not easy. >> reporter: now a few are trying to raise cattle again. they also take advantage of the situation to have fun at the river. and these communities are less than two kilometers from a regional security force. the population is now back after self-imposed exile. for many years cattle wrestlers and bandits have threatened the villages. now, peace has returned. animals stolen are taken hundreds of kilometers away to
be sold. what many don't understand is how the animals are sold without anyone getting caught. the government assures those that returned that they are serious. >> the place where this has been indicated, the police force will be there so the police can control and see the security for the community there. >> that has come too late for some. this village was raided by robbers two years ago, and the residents aren't looking forward to coming back to these ruins. the philippines is one of the oldest film industries in southeast asia. for many years it was dominated by big budget studio productions. but that's all changing.
>> reporter: these first time filmmakers are creating what they call a small film on a very tight budget. but it features one of the country's more popular actresses. this could be the next run-away smash at the box office, a feat unheard of just a few years ago. >> now it's easier because the technology is there. even with simple cellphone camera, we can tell the story. and two, people have recognized it. >> digital technology and social media have led to what industry watchers call the democratization of cinema. more people can tell their stories for less money in more ways. it's revitalized the local film industry and put viewers tired of formula films back in cinema seats. more independent films are being produced now than big studio features. it's been ten years since the
birth of the independent film festival. it started out as a small arts project is now one of the most awaited cultural events in the philippines. more and more top celebrities are taking pay cuts just to get involved in the projects. the big studios are taking a deeper interest. >> we would like to believe if the trend continues, it will reshape the way mainstream also looks at film products. >> reporter: last november an independent film that nearly wasn't completed broke records earning as much as 2 million u.s. dollars in less than two weeks. but it's not about money for many filmmakers. >> we are just storytellers. we want to get our story out there. >> some of those stories will break the box office. it's the mix of mainstream
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