tv Weekend News Al Jazeera September 12, 2015 1:00pm-1:31pm EDT
as europe struggles to find a strategy to cope with thousands of refugees, we join one syrian family on the road to munich. hello there. you're watching al jazeera live from london. coming up on the program thousands rally in london and across europe to tell refugees you are welcome. saudi authorities blame heavy rain and strong winds for the rain collapse that killed 107 people in mecca. and as u.s. police officers
attend a special weapons and training program, we examine their tactics. as refugees continue to arrive in europe from the middle east and africa, thousands of people rally across the continent. the largest of the europe says welcome events is in london where thousands turned out to march. there are a number of anti-migration protests, most notably in poland. meanwhile, the refugees keep arriving, more than 10,000 are expected in munich by the end of the day. hungarian prime minister or ban proposed the eu should give $3.4 billion to turkey, jordan and lebanon to stem the flow leaving the refugee camps. andrew simmons joined some syrian refugees on their injure free from hungary to germany.
>> reporter: father and daughter, alone with their thoughts. they've come so far herded from one place to the next. like the others here bedding down for the night, it's the uncertainty that hurts nearly as much as the bruises and sores. >> sometimes you feel like we will die in the sea, everywhere, everywhere. when you sleep in the roads, in the street, when you're without anything. >> if all goes well, this is the day when a painful odyssey will end in germany. if you're a refugee, this is the only way you can board a train in budapest. and it's the strongest who make the most headway. without help the youngest are in danger of being crushed. the police have orders to let through only enough people to fill one carriage of each train.
abdul and his only daughter have waited eight hours to get to this point. they make it. on the move again, destination germany. how is your dad? >> i just want to make him feel like i'm strong and make him strong when he sees me like i'm happy there. that will make him happy also. >> reporter: the last person to join the group was this young man. he ended up separated from friends in a detention center. he showed video of a camp and says he had no means of leaving this room. >> they didn't let us go to the toilet. they didn't let us speak or make calls or do anything. >> he's under 18, so classed as a child, but he's grown up on this trip. >> it was cruel.
i feel lonely. my miss my father and mother. >> every carriage is filled with accounts of tragedy and persecution from all over the globe, but as this train hurdles through the bavarian countryside on to for what many is the last leg of their incredible journey, the atmosphere isn't necessarily one of joy and elation. there's a somber realization of the people and the places they've left behind. they are going to safety. she ultimately hopes to settle her father in sweden. she wants to complete her university studies and return to her homeland as a medic. >> i will come back to syria and make everything, everything for people, for children, sore syria. for a free syria, of course. >> translator: god, please look after the syrian people.
>> reporter: how do you feel about leaving syria? are you sad? arriving in munich he's composed again. germany is offering more of a welcome than anywhere else. this colossal mass movement and its suffering is shaking some of the complacency in western europe and does polarize some communities. she tries to disguise her doubts. >> everything will be like what i want. >> you're always the optimist. good luck. >> see you guys. see you. >> andrew simmons, al jazeera, munich. the united nations says that a million more refugees will be displaced by the syrian conflict by the end of 2015. many of those traveling to europe are children, some of them on their own. we have a report from the
greek/macedonia border. >> reporter: when boats lands on the shores, children are often crammed in the middle. some are only a few months old. for the others it's an experience that will mark them as much as the war they fled. >> translator: we were really frightened on the boat. i thought we were going to drown. we were also so scared the coast guard would take us back to turkey. we had life vests, but i was still very upset. what could i do? there's nothing i could say. i had the sleeping bag and rolled it out on the street and slep. that's it. >> they had left syria four weeks ago after his brother was killed by a barrel bomb. along the road he met ahman also syrian and they became like brothers they say, giving courage to each other as they continue their travels. there is no age limit to be a
refugee. entire families are on the move walking on roads, sleeping wherever they can. there's little space for youngsters to be children these days. parents often say it's for their sake that they beg their way through europe, but often it's the kids and their resilience that give them the courage to continue. her parents decided to leave kabul after her school was bombed by the taliban. >> i see with my eyes that my friend died, my teachers die. that's not very good. that's very bad. after the bomb we don't have a school because the school is gone. i stay in the home. i don't go out because my father said if you go maybe the taliban kill you because you are a young girl. we have a difficult life. we have a difficult travel.
i wish i -- i wish -- i want a better life without killings, without stress. i want a life, simple life. >> reporter: the children have their own uncertainties and challenges ahead. he doesn't know when he will see his parents again. he hopes as soon as he will get his paperwork done. he's also worried that perhaps the road ahead is more that some in europe don't want him or his friend ahman. >> translator: please, open the borders so we can continue. don't be frightened of us. we're not scary people. we're escaping war. that's it. we're not here to hurt you. we don't eat people. we left because we risked dying from barrel bombs even while sleeping in our bed. we're coming to europe to protect ourselves a little, just a little. >> reporter: worries of an adult felt by a child.
al jazeera on the greek/macedonia border. there are dozens of pro-refugee demonstrations across europe today. one of the biggest ones was in london. barnaby phillips was there for us. >> reporter: many thousands of people marched through central london today. at one point on pick difficultly i waited an hour. that's how long it took the crowd to pass me by. the last of them, the remnants having somewhat of a party outside parliament here. people in the crowd were saying refugees are welcome and britain has been put in the shade and shamed by other countries like germany and sweden taking more. the prime minister, david cameron, disagrees and he has already reversed his policy from where he was a week ago. he now says that britain is taking some 20,000 -- will take symptom 20,000 syrian refugees over the next five years. he points out that britain is a much more generous donor of aid
to syrian refugees in the region in immediate surrounding countries. of course, he'll want to know to what extent his political instincts on this issue are aligned with those of middle england. the people who are out here today disagree with their government. an investigation is under way into the crane collapse in saudi arabia which killed 107 people and left hundreds more injured. it happened at mecca's grand mosque just before the annual hajj pilgrimage where many muslims around the world visit the holy site. the german company that provided the crane says it is helping with the investigation. al jazeera's omar sala reports. >> hundr. >> reporter: hundreds were people were inside the grand mosque when tons of machinery
came crashing down. as it toppled over, it broke through the roof of the building. underneath hundreds of people were inside, some of them were praying. they stood no chance of escape. from the other side, these grainy images gave an idea of the stormy weather outside. you can just see how far the crane arm fell. the panicked people felt it even outside the mosque. people inside couldn't have seen it coming. one witness who spoke to al jazeera on the spoken shortly after said he almost died. >> nobody had a clue what happened. we just compare the situation to a bomb blast. >> reporter: emergency crews were kiel dealing with the hundreds of dead and injured for hours. >> translator: the incident at happened at 5:23 p.m. due to severe rain and wind speed.
this caused the tower crane to collapse causing a number of deaths and injuries. >> reporter: many people have already begun to gather for the annual hajj pilgrimage, the busiest time of year in mecca. saudi authorities have launched an investigation. >> translator: i would like to convey the condolences of the custodians and the two holy mosque and the crown prince and all the officials in the state and the families involved in this painful incident. >> reporter: there's construction all around the grand mosque. cranes surround the complex, part of a multi-billion dollar expansion project. the shear number of people that converge on mecca each other create security and logistical changes. it has resulted in deadly stampedes and safety measures have been upgrades. it may have happened during the high winds and rains, but it could force a safety review during construction work at islam's holy site. they are taking this tragic
incident very seriously, but at the same time they say hajj is going as planned. omar rasal, al jazeera. still to come after the break, political fight-back. britain's newly appointed opposition leader promises a new era for the labor party. i'm at the venice film festival where a jury is deciding which film to honor with the golden lion prize. we'll tell you which film we think has a chance of winning.
time for a reminder of the top stories on al jazeera. hungary's prime minister says the eu should give $3.4 billion to turkey, jordan and lebanon to stem the flow of refugees seeking safety in europe. many of those that make it to the continent, head to germany. 10,000 refugees arrived in munich on saturday alone. thousands of europeans are rallying to show their support for refugees. the largest rally is in london where protesters demand the government do more to help syrian refugees inches an investigation has begun into the crane collapse that killed more than 100 people at mecca's grand mosque. it happened just before the annual hajj pilgrimage where many muslims visit the holy site. britain's main opposition party elected a new leader in what is seen as a significant move towards the left wing.
jeremy corbyn moved from rank outsider to overwhelming victor. now many supporters hope he can take the center left party back to the socialist roots. laurence lee has more. >> 251. >> reporter: this was the moment british politics became interesting again, a man derided as an out of date left wing dinosaur winning the fight to lead the labor party. his opponents who this cast him a relic surely have to ask themselves if jeremy corbyn is such an old fool, how did he manage to win 60% of the vote? corbyn himself offered an answer to that question. >> the media and maybe many of us simply didn't understand the views of many young people within our society. they had been written off as a nonpolitical generation who was simply not interested, hence, the relatively low turnout and
low level of registration of young people in the last general election. they weren't. they're a very political generation that were turned off by the way in which politics was being conducted, and not attracted or interested in it. >> reporter: in england entrenched in right wing politics, corbyn is as far to the left as my political leader in europe. he's again the renewal of british nuclear weapons and wants a peace conference on syria rather than the government's proposed bombing campaign. he's equivocal on the european union and a staunch opponent of the controversial atlantic trade talks. and he demands that he wants redistribution of wealth to the poor. this victory was like an oasis of hope in a desert of blandz, corporate politics. >> there's a socialist leading the labor party for the first
time in 30 years. what's not to like? >> for tony player's party, it was a total disaster. >> it's almost inconceivable that jeremy corbyn could lead the party to vikt in the general election, but a lot of people clearly take a different view and a huge number of people voted for him today. he has a massive mandate as leader of the party, so he has to try to prove people like me wrong. >> reporter: he now faces months if not years of open warfare from the political enemies that many inside his own party and from a corporate media here, which by and large despises everything he stands for. his vision is of a popular movement here taking on entrenched corporate interests from the bottom up. that either means a road back to relevance for the labor party or potentially the beginning of a funeral procession. laurence lee, al jazeera, westminster in london. egypt's president sisi has accepted the resignation of his
entire cabinet. it comes just days after the prime minister said that there would no cabinet shake-up despite corruption charges faking the former agricultural minister. he was arrested after allegations that he and others received over $1 million in bribes. at least 89 people have been killed in an explosion at a restaurant in india. the venue was crowded with people having breakfast whether a cooking gas cylinder exploded setting off a second explosion of illegally stored mine detonators at a building nearby. the restaurant and adjacent building both flattened. at least 16 people are still missing after severe flooding in japan. the water is now receding, but many people have nowhere to go after their homes were destroyed. we have a report from josso.
>> reporter: the typhoon season in japan isn't over. work is already begun to plug the gap in the floed wall in case the waters rise again against the weight of the swollen river where it collapsed after two days of heavy rain. the city of joso was immersed. cars and buildings in the immediate vicinity didn't stand a chance. thousands fled nir their homes and and stayed in vac way centers. for this extended family after two nights it was time to leave. >> translator: we have to clean uch. my parents are frail. i have small kids, too, so i don't want to bug other evacuees. >> the water was gone but left behind was a layer of sticky mud. >> translator: i don't think we can use anything inside the house anymore. so we'll ask our children and grandchildren to help us clean up. >> reporter: neve tablely they
will find themselves here. the clear skies and receding waters in some places allowed many to begin the cleanup. here a long line of people waiting to dump their destroyed possessions. the water and mud claimed most of what was left behind. the disaster will have a big impact on the local economy, particularly farming. this man and his wife have worked this land for 30 years. on this day they were supposed to be harvesting their rice. instead, they are clearing debris and seeing if any of their crop can be saved. large parts of joso remain underwaut water with boths the only transport. it's here that japan's self-defense force is focusing the search for the missing. >> translator: the area is submerged, so we cannot go there on foot. we're using boats and goes around it at the time. >> reporter: it won't be the last major storm of the year, so
while this part of the country dries outs, everyone is looking to the skies hoping the rain stays away from here. six months ago a category 5 cyclone hit the pacific island nature of vanuatu. >> he's reenacting actions he thinks saved his family. how he lifted his collapsed how after the cyclone brought it down on his wife and children. >> translator: i knew i had to save them. somehow i lifted up the house. >> reporter: all the family survived. almost everyone in vanuatu did. when i came here back in march immediately after the storm and saw the scale of the destruction, houses like this blown away as if made of straw, i was sure that hundreds must have died. so were those in vanuatu's government and those in the various emergency organizations
that swept in after the storm. when communications were rest e restored and the even the most remote reached by teams. nationwide 11 people are lost their lives. a big part of why? simple, light structures. the deaths there were were from flying roofs or collapsing brick walls. vanuatu doesn't have many of either. preparation was vital too. vanuatu has a network of people organizing regular cyclone preparedness training. it includes information about which buildings are strongest and how to get people into them fast. >> we did what we know to save the people. >> reporter: it helped, too, that the cyclone was slow-moving. for a week people knew it was on its way, and as it drew close, people in this world bank funded early warning center sent hourly text messages to aletters people to the exact path.
>> the information and the power of the wind and the loekdz location where the system is and which direction it's moving. >> timing that the worst of the wind was during the morning helped some islands, too. >> we are lucky that the cyclone came out. we have a chance to move from place to place, and that's t reason why nobody will stay in the community. >> reporter: even in areas where the storm came at night, few were badly hurt. across the pacific vanuatu's experience is becoming the guide for how to handle disasters right. prepare, use technology, and hope for a big dose of luck. andrew thomas, al jazeera, vanuatu. police officers from across the u.s. hold their biggest training exercise in california this weekend. after a year of debate about whether police forces have become too militarized, we went
along to see if their tactics have changed. >> reporter: even though the focus is tactical emergencies, it's clear that some of the weaponry for sale here can be used for other purposes. >> most of the riot and most of the problems that police have is not the crowd. it's that one guy out of 1,000. one guy causing a problem. we want to take that person out. >> the last year revealed that a police protest is sufficient for some police forces to bring out military hardware, but there was little controversy about the use of equipment. >> it provides safety for injured people like citizens or officers? >> it has an oventive capability as well? >> no, there's a turret. >> the police's use of the military hardware is a complex
issue. >> does that tend to incite people? it does. >> there's a recognition you incite the situation with use of an armored vehicle is bad, right? >> not necessarily. what's causing -- what came first, the chicken or the egg in >> reporter: police fatalities are lower than 20 yerz yet according to to the "new york post" says the number of people killed are higher than any year since 1976 and they're is much to go. those that protest feel like it wasn't getting tloo. >> a lot of black people aren't getting murdered because it's a emergency situation and they're swik to respond to it as an emergency situation and we're dead. >> reporter: on close inspection there was some awareness of the debate underway outside. al jazeera at the urban shield tactical shield exercise in california inches this year's venice film festival screened
dozens of films over the last ten dayses. al jazeera looks at the films in the running for a prize. trrp there's been mrenty of glamour on the red carpet, but on screen the scenes have been gritty. the four words that have defined this year's venice film festival is insired by true events. from "remember" of a holocaust survivor severing for a former auschwitz commandser. >> you must find him. you must kill him. >> to the african child soldiers drafted into a brutal civil war in "beasts of no nation." >> that is your family's blood. >> reality was hard to avoid at the faes val telling stories that come straight from the news. >> i don't think it's a problem of lack of clarity.
it's soft of neither to think about a problem of the individual in our contemporary society. >> the plight of refugees was the backdrop of some films and the focus of many. a favorite was "human" with stories from more than 70 countries. >> he said you have to go back to your country. i said, where is my country? i don't have a country, man. it's a killing ground. >> it's so hard to bring these people without a voice, people without land, people who are suffering. i think this movie is about finding our mission. what it is to be human on the planet. >> for millions right now, that means moving. with films like mederterrania depict the journey thousands are risking to make the shores of europe. this red carpet will be humming with stars, but right now