Skip to main content

tv   Weekend News  Al Jazeera  March 26, 2016 6:00am-7:01am EDT

6:00 am
this is al jazeera hello. welcome. you're watching the al jazeera news hours with me, peter dobbie. coming up in the next of 0 minutes, i.s.i.l. says this teenager carried out an attack in iraq that has killed dozens of people. the greek government says it wanders brussels of an impending attack last year. we will have a live report. one year on in yemen, warring continues. >> reporter: i'm in cambodia
6:01 am
where a dying generation of traditional musicians are working desperately to preserve their art we begin this news hour in iraq where there have been two major attacks, one at a football stadium and another at the air base in anbar province. dolzs of people have been killed. the air force base is located in that province around 120 kilometers from ramadi. hundreds of advisers and trainers use the base to support iraqi troops. the u.s. military says there were no attacks in or near the u.s. side of the base. iraqi forces launched an offensive last week to retake anbar province. 60 to 70% of the province is controlled by i.s.i.l. as we've been saying, the attack comes after a blast at a
6:02 am
football stadium in a town south of baghdad. i.s.i.l. says it was behind that attack. at least 30 people were killed when a suicide bomber blew himself up. it happened as trophies were being presented after an amateur game. as many as 100 people were injured. our correspondent joins us live. as to what has gone on at this military base, what else do we know? >> reporter: according to the ministry of defense spokesman, the iraqi ministry of defense, it it was eight to ten suicide bombers. a huge number, obviously. all of them wearing suicide belts who managed to breach the first perimeter of the base. that base is huge. it is the size of a small city. you need a bus to get around it. as you've mentioned, the american military has told us that there were no explosions, no attacks on its side of that very large base, but clearly the iraqi side appears much more vulnerable. this isn't the first attack there. the ministry of defense says it
6:03 am
doesn't have a confirmed number of monarch r casualties-- number of casualties, but clearly a very huge one has there been april claim of responsibility or would-- been a claim of responsibility or would there be a claim of responsibility? >> reporter: it is not clear that there would be a claim of responsibility for that one which gives you an indication of how bad they were. a fairly run-of-the-mill attack. the number of suicide bombers is huge and an indication that there are still quite a lot of suicide bombers at their disposal, including what apples to be what they call the 16-year-old boy that picture, that fresh-faced young teenager who and, that they said was responsible for the bombing of the football field south of baghdad. i.s.i.l. has taken claim for high-profile attacks like the football field and like other large attacks on civilian
6:04 am
targets. it doesn't necessarily make the immediate claim of responsibility for attacks on military targets, although we may very well see that as parliament of its propaganda campaign, to continue to recruit people like that young suicide bomber some people saying the iraqi security forces are already almost over stretched because their focus is moving to the north of the country, they're thinking about mosul. at some point coming six or eight weeks, once the weather completely improves. so when it comes to keeping venues like football stadia safe, very difficult for them to achieve that. >> reporter: it absolutely is. if you look at that attack on the football stadium, it was a really easy target and a very appealing target for i.s.i.l. it was full of members of one of the shia militias. they don't like to be called militias. they say they're under control of the iraqi government, but this, in fact, was a splinter group of the army, those loyal
6:05 am
to shia cleric who is launching a political challenge. so you had shia militia members there, you had a large group of sympathy as and-- shias in a largely shia community. one thing i.s.i.l. tries to do is foster sectarian violence with the idea that if they launch enough attacks on sympathy targets, it will restart that cycle of sunni groups against shia group and the country will devolve again into civil war thanks very much. greek also had found plans for a potential attack on brussels airport in two athens apartments in 2015. according to new reports it included a map of brussels airport. it says that it informed the belgian authorities. the attacks killed 31 people and injured hundreds in brussels airport and the metro station on tuesday. officials say the airport won't open until at least next
6:06 am
tuesday. our correspondent joining us live. for the government who have been long accused of playing catch up and not succeeding in that sinister game, quite embarrassing for them, this revelation out of athens. >> reporter: yes. it is just another revelation that we're hearing about, intelligence and security, slip-ups in the months leading up to these attacks. there is a picture emerging of various tip offs, suspicions that were not followed up on whether they came from owe overseas or from police officers here in brussels who might have flagged off a suspicion location, particularly where salah abdeslam was arrested over a week ago. there have been more details about the people who died in those attacks with more bodies being identified among them a local schoolteacher who worked at an islamic school here in
6:07 am
brussels. >> reporter: a solemn moment of commemoration. students at this islamic school have just learned that their gym teacher was among those killed in the metro bombing. the school governors are still digesting the news. they're shocked and they're also angry. >> translation: we can't be anything but angry and reject the beliefs of these people who claim to be muslims. there is no religion in the world that advocates killing human beings >> reporter: she was a young mother with three sons. at school she was popular with stew dents and teachers-- students and teachers alike. people we spoke to said she was like a teacher. her students have been encouraged to express themselves
6:08 am
in drawings an poems to come to interprets with that you are loss. >> reporter: the attacks have dominated friday prayers. muslims have been anything about their place in belgian society and they're worried about the future. >> translation: it's natural that we are afraid of what's happening. we are part of this society. >> translation: my son asked me, dad, these thangs that are happening, does islam permit that? i said no. religion forbids that. >> reporter: this muslim member of the brussels parliament says the actions of a few radicalized young men have over shadowed her whole community >> i hear that of my own children, it's like, can we still say that we are musts im, shouldn't we, like, be secret about it or can we say muslim phrases? it's like, really, like, okay, everything what has to do with
6:09 am
religion has become contaminated. >> reporter: events of the last week show that muslims are just as likely to be victims of attacks as other members of society. they also know that the perpetrators have highjacked their religion to justify these acts of violence. >> reporter: the directors of that school told me that they intend participating and they've invited the students of the school also to participate in a solidarity march and rally that is taking place here in the center of brussels on sunday. they've suggested to the school students that they should dress in white thanks very much. at least 25 people have been killed in a suicide bomb attack in yemen. it happened in aden. one car bomb went off near a military check point. the other two explosions hit checkpoints on the road leading to a base used by the saudi-led coalition that have been
6:10 am
fighting houthi rebels. the bombings come on the first anniversary of the saudi-led campaign. since the conflict began in march of last year, the united nations says almost 6.5,000 people have been killed, around half of them civilians. at least 30,000 yemens have been injured. more than 21 million people, roughly 80% of the population, need some kind of humanitarian aid or protection. more than 2.5 million people have been forced from their homes. joining us now in the studio, a senior foreign policy fellow at the brookings institution t cities razeked to the ground, the saudi campaign goes on and yet there's supposed to be a truce next month. how will that work? >> that is probably the only promising sign for after one year of military campaign in
6:11 am
yemen, that will finally talking about a ceasefire on april 10. we don't know whether this is going to actually to hold. the u.n. envoy staffan de mistura, who announced this, he did not explain the logic behind april 10. if you really and seriously interested in a ceasefire or a truce, why don't you just take one or two days to stop it and begin the ceasefire. nevertheless, a major change has happened over the mast year, is that the campaign has been able to liberate the southern part of yemen, in particular the aden area, but that's by itself has become a problem. in two ways. one way is that if this war continues and does not stop, then we're going to end up with a de facto partition of yemen where we have a state in the south governed by hadi and the
6:12 am
central government and a state in the north governed by the houthis. the other major problem with this is that the southern part has become chaos in terms of security or in security terms. meaning that the area has become - al-qaeda has become in full control of it and i.s.i.s. has become active in aden where aden is a haven for i.s.i.s. would that partition necessarily be such a bad thing, if only as a stop gap measure, a stop gap acceptance on all sides because at least if you've got a truce that does kick in, because we've heard so much about truces that should happen and never happen, at least you have literally lines in the sand to say we control this, you accurately that. now we can take the players out and talk about what we need to achieve presumably in a different location we're talking about kuwait next month. >> on the short run, no.
6:13 am
this is not a problem. the problem, however, is that if this continues or if this lasts for a long time, and my understanding of civil wars around the world, they run for average 15 or 20 years. they're talking about one year. that's why we need for this war to stop now. that negotiation is to begin now. in order to save yemen from might mayor scenarios if there was saudi pull out, how likely is that, and secondly, what would it really achieve? >> they will not, in my understanding, be a saudi pull out unless the houthis and the alliance come to terms with the transition process that began before this war started. back in september 2014 the houthi and alliance conducted
6:14 am
this coordinated incident and heavy arms. known is going there-- no-one is going to the collaboration agreements with iran and allowed for iran to have influence on the southern borders of saudi arabia, or even which is even more importantly in my view, the other yemen parties that they were part of the political transition that was before the war. the other parties will not accept a houthi ruling of the country and they will not vanish or disappear. they want to be a part of the political process and the houthis have to come to terms with in there is a huge contradiction here. in hearsay people say the saudis control, in effect, continues, it feels as if the saudis are making territorial claims. they control an area and yet they don't control what goes on inside those areas.
6:15 am
how does that happen? >> this is - security is a major problem. that has been shown in the southern parts of yemen whereas you said saudis and other parts. in my understanding, security or construction or fighting of i.s.i.s. in my view it is not appropriate for the saudi arabia or the government at this stage, and that the focus is to end the conflict with the houthis and then begin the reconstruction process. it's a matter of priority that it's the security concerns and the security devastation that happened in yemen is because of the houthi coup which is a similar situation, by the way, that we have in the area today, where we have to fight i.s.i.s.
6:16 am
first or end the problem with the regime first. the position has been that in order to defeat i.s.i.s. or terrorism, you have to deal with the root causes of it, which is the al-assad regime in syria and the houthi coup in yemen. that's why saudi arabia and its partners, that they're working on this front an given security and reconstruction a second priority thank you. >> thank you plenty more grounds till to cover for you-- still to cover for you. including a metro project that is said to destroy important parts of pakistani city. netherlands fans and players
6:17 am
pause to remember their country's greater player. a big number of refugees on the border are refusing offers to move to better accommodation. at least 12,000 refugees have been living in the idomeni crossing. more from that camp. >> reporter: some refugees and migrants who have been stuck along the border with macedonia for weeks now have decided to move to government-run camps. according to the u.n.h.c.r. 450 people boarded buses on friday. the buses are here today as well. they're hoping that they can relocate more people, but they're facing another problem. it's not just persuading them to leave here, but the fact that there isn't enough space.
6:18 am
these accommodation centers cannot house all these people. greek authorities are struggling to deal with this crisis. there are now 50,000 migrants and refugees across the country, but, of course, there are those who do not want to leave. they still have hope that the border will open even though many people you talk to are resigned to the fact that they may be stuck here. they believe that they can pressure the macedonian authorities, pressure the e.u., keep their plight in the international media so they will not be forgotten. right now they have to apply for asylum and relocation program. this will take months and people are growing desperate, especially those who want to be reunited with their fames. it is a-- with their families. it is a logistical issue. they're hoping to employ staff members in order to speed up the process a chinese writer who was part of an online petition calling on the president xi jinping to resign has been
6:19 am
released. the petition accused president xi jinping of building a personality cult. >> reporter: a lawyer for the chinese journalist who had been missing from march 13 has confirmed his client was released on friday night. he had been taken by police at beijing airport on march 15 just as he was about to board a flight to hong kong. it is widely thought that chinese security officials thought he had something to do with a letter that was published earlier this month on a news website. that letter called for chinese president xi jinping to resign. it also accused the chinese president of concentrating power in his hands of abandoning the principle of collective leadership and of encouraging a cult of permanents centred around himself. the authors of the letter who remain anonymous signing off only as loyal communist party members had urged the president
6:20 am
to resign. wheel he may have been released, the investigation into who might be behind this letter has only intensified. a chinese dissident living in the u.s. said police took his parents and a younger brother away on tuesday night. his family members live in the province in china and he hasn't been able to contact them since. a news agency is also reporting that at least four employees at the website have also been missing and out of contact for a week now. this clearly shows that authorities are intensifying their investigation, they're deepening the crackdown and these have got human rights activists in china concerned because it suggests that not only is there growing iltolerance of criticism but it seems that there is a more disturbing pattern of going after critics
6:21 am
south korean protesters have held a demonstration against recent nuclear tests and rocket launches by north korea. activists released balloons across the zone carrying anti pyongyang messages. tensions have been high on the marine le pens since north korea conducted a nuclear test in january and a long range rocket launch last month prompting new sanctions from the u.n. security council so-called mega projects may than relatively easy to undertake in new cities. if you're dealing with one that is 4,000 years old, it is a different matter. that's why the construction of a new train line in pakistan's second biggest city lahore is cause concerns. >> reporter: this is lahore, historic and second largest city in pakistan. here um find remnants of architecture inter mingling with
6:22 am
the empire and british colonialism. the city sky line silhouetted by in mosque will be changed forever if a new train line is given the go ahead. it is prospect that has angered many. what is about to happen to their great city. >> this development project is threatening over 11 heritage sites that are listed under law, including the garden which is a world heritage property. some of these sites will be endangered irreversibly and they will be lost. >> reporter: the government says such projects are needed to ease traffic problems. in a city brimming with people and congested with bumper to bumper traffic >> this is about 27.1 kilometers. it has been 26 stations. it would be catering for about 450,000 people-- 250 people on daily basis to start with and ultimately this would be
6:23 am
facilitating about 500,000 people on a daily basis. >> reporter: critics say it won't solve the problem. >> because this project feeds less than 2% of the population and is not integrated with anything. >> reporter: it is not the heritage but the human cost of this project which will affect tens of thousands of people. this lady has lived here sints independence in 1947. when she and her family moved to pakistan. she had already seen her neighbor's house demolished. she says she has been comp. said r sated kosh-- compensated. >> translation: if the government would have given us an alternative place to live in, i would have vacated it. but the money they're offering us is not enough to buy a house. >> reporter: this orange train project will cut a wound through the heart of a city. the feeling across the country is that the government has to prioritise before embarking on
6:24 am
such ambitious and unsustainable projects the world's weather with rob. >> reporter: it has snowed, so the road is blocked. this time of the year it is surprising to see snow to be honest and this much in late march. it was forecast. so they are ready for it. nevertheless, that is a matter or so of snow. this is a main artery. not good to be closed. the good news here is that snow has fallen and that is clearing away. the skies are now blue and the snee will start to melt eventually. behind he is actually sort of connected. the reason for it in the first place. that is the front end of something that is coming out of africa. richard told you about this yesterday. it is the sub-tropical jet which
6:25 am
effectively is a line of developing weather high up in the sky. neth it the cloud clearly forms and it's quite thick. it is where the next built of whether will come fro. rain in jordan, israel, iraq, in the north of saudi arabia. the tremp is jerusalem is at 13 degrees. the rain is moving sloelt eastwards. i think it has a lot out of it 288 years is their combined years, but rolling stones performed in cuba. it comes days after obama's historic visit. >> reporter: it was a concert
6:26 am
many had been wait for nearly half a century. entire families, three generations, even four, enjoyed a free concert compliment of the british band which has been around almost as long as the cuban revolution. >> translation: i love it. they're an epic band and i couldn't miss this said 13-year-old. >> reporter: from early afternoon people began pouring into havana's open air sports center. the news of this concert has spread like wild fire. people are coming all over the americas and beyond. fans want to say that they saw history being made when they saw the rolling stones in cuba. people like this irish couple >> it is a changing time for cuba and it's the mark of that
6:27 am
change maybe. >> reporter: this man says it makes him feel proud. >> translation: when i was young, listening to the beetles, led zeppelin and rolling stone was forbidden. we had to listen to them in secret >> reporter: the concert is a powerful cultural sign that times are changing in cuba >> it's an open to cuba of the world. it follows obama by a couple of days. this week is hugely significant and very exciting. >> reporter: so it was that this historic week was wrapped up by a once banned rock band that is leaving millions here with a sense that cuba is no longer off the circuit, no longer so isolated still could come, targeted by their own government, why ethiopia's biggest group says it
6:28 am
fears it's being persecuted. more forces as the taliban step up their offences. after a week of contversy, find out if it was business for a -- bus as usual for the world number one.
6:29 am
welcome back. you're watching the news hour coming to you live from al jazeera's headquarters here. there has been a suicide attack west of the iraqi capital. security forces say a number of armed fighters wearing suicide vests stormed the air force
6:30 am
base. i.s.i.l. says one of its teenager fighters shown here blew himself up at a football match. it killed 30 people and as many as 100 were injured. several people have been arrested in a series of police raids across brussels as part of an investigation into tuesday's suicide bomb attacks. a paris attack suspect slam has refused to speak when questioned about those attacks. he is exercising his right to silence syrian state heed i can't is saying government-- media is saying government forces have taken the ancient city of palmyra from i.s.i.l. it has been recaptured by the government, but the city itself is still being contested. i.s.i.l. claims they now control certain areas. our correspondent joins us live. it's difficult to know for sure,
6:31 am
but if they've taken the citadel, the importance of that it is higher than the rest of the city and it overlooks the area. >> reporter: yes. absolutely. it gives a much needed vantage point and also it is one kilometer from the city center. so whoever controlled that controls the entire city. we are told by activists inside that once they control the city they will most likely tomorrow they will be in full control. things change rapidly. so we are not really certain as far as we know, i.s.i.l. has destroyed so many of the 2000-year old artefacts and pieces of historical interest in the old city of palmyra. in their desire to retake the contemporary city there, are the
6:32 am
damascus forces prepared to do this, are they going down a scorched earth process, if you will? >> reporter: i'm having difficulty hearing you. can you try once again? i was asking you if the damascus-based fighters, the people who are lawyering to bashar al-assad, are prepared, because they are so close to guessing what they want, are they prepared to, in effect, destroy the city to be able to retake it? >> reporter: i don't think they will go that far because of its historical importance to them. remember the syrian regime forces is backed by russian airplanes and so far those fighter jets or war planes have been hitting different targets. up to now they didn't destroy
6:33 am
any of those sites, but they are determined to take it. now, if i.s.i.l. puts up a big fight, then i think they might use excessive force and probably could damage the historical site in this city this time yesterday on this program we were discussing how rupgs hell cap-- russian helicopters had been 24 hours above that. are they in action today? >> reporter: we are told by the activists that the forces who are in action on the ground are the syrian forces and the air, i'm not sure the activists really knows what's in the air, but he did say there was some aerial activities and i think he is referring to the war planes because if he had seen some helicopters, he would have on
6:34 am
told us. it is difficult getting information because it is under i.s.i.l. control. activists there are effectively working hiding because they're not in good terms with i.s.i.l. i.s.i.l. is trying to manage the flow of information only to people who are loyal to the group or part of the group, especially for the media production company. if you remember over the last 48 hours we've seen pictures from the government forces saying they are make iing there, and a showing fighters inside the city center. the flow of information there is a wall of information as well as a military battle ongoing afghan security services suffered casualties last year. the taliban gaining ground there are fears a spring offensive could hit government forces even
6:35 am
harder. >> reporter: when the americans were here, this sprawling base was called camp bright. now the afghan army calls it simply brigade. the u.s. forces pulled out and took their vital air cover. >> translation: if necessity supply us and pay attention to our air force, we could show to the world that we were brave abdominal and we can defend our country independently. >> reporter: it is a different picture being shown these days. behind these hills americans suffered some of the heaviest casualties. afghan has suffered more. 100 killed here and many others injured. they're up against taliban units, experts in warfare. the taliban control more territory than at any time in the last 14 years. the army doesn't have high tech weaponry, relying on small arms and heavy machine guns. >> reporter: since the u.s.
6:36 am
scaled down its operations here, the afghan army cannot rely on american fire power and that has made a significant difference to take and hold territory. that air support is no longer there to help remove the wounded from the zones and that means chances of survival are considerably reduced. >> translation: an iud bomb exploded. a soldier next to me was wounded. if we had air support we have evacuated him. we had to drag him for 4 kilometers. with air support he would have survived. >> reporter: there was a 40% unemployment rate in afghanistan and many young men opt to enlist because there are no other options. corruption is said to be common in the military leaving the soldiers without sufficient ammunition. it leaves many without incentive. >> translation: a soldier should have a strong faith and physical power. this enmi is armed to the teeth
6:37 am
and has support from our neighboring countries, including pakistan and iran. we need a powerful force with heavy ar till re, tanks and air for >> reporter: the afghan security forces are suffering rates of casualties the americans say are unsustainable. >> translation: our soldiers are from this country and they are muslim and they know what they're doing is the right thing, to defend our people and homeland and we have to fight with everything we have. >> reporter: analysts say that neither the afghan army nor the taliban is strong enough to win the war, but the afghan army believe if the americans were here in force, it would be a different story the egyptian army says it killed 60 fighters affiliated to i.s.i.l. in north sinai. another 40 were injured in the cities of raafa.
6:38 am
it follows last week deadly mortar attacks which saw 15 policemen killed in the sinai peninsula. over the last six months there has been a wave of violence if israel and occupied east jerusalem. the historic landmark damascus gate mass become a hot spot for unrest. many palestinians have been killed over attempted and alleged stabbings and shootings at israeli security forces. our correspondent has more on how this violence is affecting life in the city. >> reporter: damascus gate, an integral part of life in occupied jerusalem and known to be the busy entrance into the old city. not any more. the street market sellers have gone, there is now an eerie silence here. >> translation: these days the israeli forces are suspicious of everything. if your hands are inside your pockets, their hands will be on the trigger ready to shoot. the situation is really difficult. >> reporter: damascus gate has become a hot spot during the
6:39 am
last six months of attempted stabbings and shootings. it made the israeli government beef up security here. they stand behind barriers they didn't before. they're more security cameras and the trees have been cut so there's a clearview. we are told we can no longer film freely here. we can now only stand in certain locations. these steps used to be full of people just sitting around and enjoying their day. now that is no longer allowed. there is security all around this area and there are sniper positions on either side of damascus gate. palestinians say this amounts to collective punishment. many we speak to tell us that they're scared that any wrong move could get you shot. walk inside the old city, this is another street that has seen multiple attacks. security again has been increased. this man has owned had this shop for 40 years. he says the situation has never been this bad. even during the two previous. >> translation: this is the most worse time in all my life.
6:40 am
it is very hard, very complicated. you have no future for us, no future for the children. everything, nobody look after jerusalem. it's every day become worse than the day before >> reporter: officials say the security situation is difficult to control considering the nature of the attacks often by palestinians acting alone. israeli police tell us that various units have been deployed in antecedent report in order to maintain the safety of all the residents and the tourists. the palestinians and human rights groups blame the attacks on the sense of hopelessness and decades of israeli occupation. what is clear is that life has been sucked out of this once busy historic place and replaced by tension and uncertainy let's take you to mission control. i wanted to say to outer space.
6:41 am
there we go. we're getting a feed of pictures from n.a.s.a. what you're looking at is another little tiny significant moment in the history of the space station. it is an orbital sickness cargo sprays craft. it is carrying 8,000 pounds of supplies and science and research equipment set to arrive on board the international space station early local time, n.a.s.a. time. it is called the uncrewed cargo ship. it launched at five past 11 est on tuesday. it was on board a united launch from cape canaveral. let's see if they're talking to the the personnel on board the international space station. and of course as i was waiting for them, they decided to say
6:42 am
nothing. they're watching the screens there at mission control. you have the commander of n.a.s.a. and the flight engineer of the european space agency using the station's rebottlic arm to capture that. it should in theory happen at 6.40am n.a.s.a. time. as soon as there are more developments we will revisit those pictures. pope francis has led good friday ceremonies. thousands of people gathered to witness the procession of the cross. he criticise europe's indifference to refugees and migrants. easter is mexico's biggest holiday season for tens of thousands of people that means a traditional trip to the beach, but the resort city once frequent episode like famous
6:43 am
stars has become one of the most violent cities any place in the world. more from our correspondent. >> reporter: a crime scene in mexico's most violent city. this time armed men shop up a strip club. as the bodies are carried out, the taco stand directly in front carries on serving. residents have grown used to these scenes. this is just a block away from the beach. the resort town was once famous for hollywood glamour. now it is struggling with a new reputation, of gang warfare. traditionally tourists flocked the beaches. this time they're not the only ones. the army has been called in to protect them during high season. even the arch bishop has appealed to the gangs for a truce. >> translation: i've been asking all of those who cause violence and fear in the population to stop killing
6:44 am
during easter. >> reporter: the hotels and restaurants are praying for the same, but 12 people were murdered just during our 48-hour visit. gangs have been fighting for years here. first for drug routes and then increasingly over extortion and kidnapping racquets and the results are things like this one, that have become so commonplace that the city doesn't miss a beat. you can hear the music and see the party continuing in the bar next-door. no official was available to speak to us, but over the last six years they've sent in waves of heavily armed police and military to deal with each outbreak of violence. the gangs always come back, leaving this man desperate for a solution that works. his restaurant should be full now, but losing clients is part of the problem for business owner ins in time >> translation: they tell you,
6:45 am
you have to pay protection money or they burn your business or kill you and your family. the majority of the people just run for it. >> reporter: ex-force is from beach vendors too. eight have been killed in the last few months the violence creeping closer to the tourists, the life blood of a stlulging town the aroma people may be one of the biggest ethnic groups in ethiopia, but they're saying they're ignored and targeted by their own government. activists say 200 people were killed during security forces during a protest. >> reporter: in six year old girl and her brother haven't been attended classes. the government closed their schools three months ago at the start of a crackdown on protests. we were here in january days
6:46 am
after the children's mother had been shot through the neck during a demonstration. despite eventually receive medical treatment she decided a couple of weeks ago. >> translation: the little girl cries and keeps asking where her mother is. the boy understand. >> reporter: the aroma are the largest group. they have a federal system that gives a degree of self-rule to the people. the opposition, some of whose members have been arrested and detained, says the system has been kruktd by the ruling party. the protests were sparked by the government's so-called integrated development plan, a plan that it said aims at spreading an increasing development in infrastructure out of the area into the surrounding region. the people have had longstanding issues with the government for
6:47 am
decades now, cultural, political, economic, and they say it's these issues that are not being addressed. >> reporter: this man says his community deserves an equal opportunity. >> the politics, high marginalization. in terms of the economy, the same. cultural issues, language, high marginalization. they get their proper place in this country. i don't think it is going to go. part of the problem is the government wants to rule its old way. people are resisting to be ruled in the old way. >> reporter: the protests have come at a time when ethiopia has enjoyed stability and sustained economic growth into recent years. analysts say the government is afraid that civil unrest may be exploited by armed groups like al-shabab in neighboring somalia. it is repeatedly accused the
6:48 am
government of stirring the unrest. the two countries have still not signed a peace agreement despite the war they fought ending 16 years ago. >> there is a need for ums, public forums for consultation, for debate on public policy issues. for expression of different views. >> reporter: the government says its listening. >> further consultations are being made and will be made, with the people to address fondle the issue of the plan, but to address the underlying problems. >> reporter: for his family, their daughter and mother was a victim of a government that has broken many promises before cambodia's commercial ruj rulers killed more than 2 million people-- khmer rouge.
6:49 am
>> reporter: this man is a tough teacher. he has been a traditional wedding musician in cambodia for more than half a century. he expects nothing less than perfection from his students. >> translation: in traditional wedding music is my life. i won't stop playing it until i die. i will continue teaching it to the younger generation. >> reporter: but his love of music almost cost him his life. musicians like master men were hunted and killed by the khmer rouge regime in the 1970s, murdered more than 2 million people and banned all forms of
6:50 am
art in its effort to establish a purely uncorrupted society. >> because they wanted to have no morm of expression, 80% of artists were killed during that period. no religion, no music, no arts, no expression. >> reporter: within just one generation cambodia's rich heritage was decimated. cultural organization called cambodian living art is now working with old musicians and dancers to teach a new generation. they are facing some new challenges. increasingly young cam bodians are turning away from traditional music. most are listening to korean pop appear and american hip hop. without this these, artists say
6:51 am
they will struggle to survive. >> translation: i think cambodian people love their music. not many people understand the traditional music. >> reporter: for now it's tourists who are helping traditional arlt forms alive. these performing artists admit it won't be easy competing against the influx of western music. then, again, what they have is well worth saving still to come here for you on the al jazeera news hour, we will have all the latest sports news, including action from the wcg match play championship in austin texas. texas.
6:52 am
6:53 am
dutch football has been celebrating the life of cruyff. they remember the country's greatest player. the game was halted in the 14th minutes for the player who made the 14 shirt famous. he died on thursday at of age of
6:54 am
68. euro 2016 host won the match. the dutch fought back to level at two all, but then there was the winner. the first match back with miss team since being banned for biting at the 2014 world cup. he netted the equaliser in a two to draw against brazil. >> translation: it's hard to deal with. a pain in butt. very complicated. he wants to do it all, cook and eat by himself. the plan was this one. we knew about it because there are very difficult team to play. >> reporter: cricket in new zealand, trying to make it four wins out of four. they're facing bangladesh right now. new zealand are already through to the semifinals in group 2.
6:55 am
they chose to bad against bangladesh. williamson scored 42 in their 106 for four right now. raining champion mcelroy needed two play off holes to reach the camp i don't knowships. he finally beat the american on an extra holiday. he will place open champion john southern. >> translation: it is nice to be in for the weekend. similar to what happened last kwleer. i had to go extra holes in the weekend. just nice to be through. i feel like my game has gotten better as the days went on. i will have to play very well again tomorrow to try and beat zack. >> reporter: three witness box from three. he beat fellow american. he will play african.
6:56 am
there were some top shots in austin on friday. one of the best mere. the south korean got an eagle on the par four. he won a play off to win the last 16. after a week dominated by sexism discussions in tennis, world number one novak djokovic made a winning return to the miami masters. he was comfortable on court to beat his opponent in straight sets. he will now face his poept in the third partied round. federer has had to pull out of the event with illness. he was out of action for two months. he has just admitted it was caused out of bed to run a bath for his daughters.
6:57 am
>> i woke up and i don't remember what happened, but i think i was going to run the bath for the girls and i made a simple movement, turned back, heard a click in my knee. went to the zoo and my leg was swollen. >> reporter: with less than three weeks remaining in the nba regular season, the miami heat are stepping up their game. they beat or lan dough magic on friday. he the center came off the bench to provide a high of 26 points along with 12 rebounds. he added 22 points and 8 assists to steal the win. they remain in the number five spot in the eastern play offs. that's all the sports we are back at the top of the our with 30 minutes of al jazeera world news. we will see you then. jebbing out --ing - checkout al
6:58 am
>> people out here are struggling and just trying to get by with whatever they can. >> al jazeera america - proud of telling your stories. >> somebody to care about us man... >> we're live in ferguson, missouri. >> brick by brick, i will open it. it will take more than a few rocks to stop me from doin' what i have to do. >> suddenly heroin seems to be everywhere. >> there's no way i am willing to give up my family for a drug ever again. >> i know you all have strong opinions about the border. >> i don't believe in borders. >> our government is allowing an invasion. >> i don't really know as much as i thought i did. >> people don't just need protection, they need assistance. >> what's your message then? >> we need help now. >> oh my god... the town's out of water. >> we came up here to talk to some people who are selling fresh water... fresh water for fracking. >> we are a town that greed destroyed. >> what do we want? >> justice! >> these people have decided that today they will be arrested.
6:59 am
>> i wanted to dance, and eventually i started leaving the gangs in the street alone. >> we're pushing the envelope with out science every day, we can save species. >> i'm walking you guys! >> all i wanted to see was her walk. it was amazing. >> these were emotions that i had been dreaming about for so long. >> getting to the heart of the matter. proud to tell your stories. al jazeera america.
7:00 am
this 16-year-old teenager carried out the suicide bombing that killed dozens of people welcome. you're watching al jazeera live. the greek government says it warned brussels of an impending attack last year. we will have a live update. yemen one year on. the fighting continues as the warring sides look towards an april ceasefire agreement. a metro project that critics say


info Stream Only

Uploaded by TV Archive on