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this is bbc news: i'm lewis vaughanjones with the latest headlines for viewers in the uk and around the world. the police chief in the american city of atlanta resigns — a day after an officer shot dead a black man. far right protesters clash with police in central london — saying they're protecting a statue of winston churchill. in paris — clashes as anti—racist protestors demonstrate against police brutality. the canadian prime minister calls for an independent investigation after the violent arrest of an indigenous chief is caught on police camera. and a socially—distanced official birthday parade for queen elizabeth — a scaled—down celebration at windsor castle.
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we start in the united states with distressing video of an african—american man being shot and killed by a police officer in atlanta on friday. and a warning these pictures are disturbing. the video we are about to show is from the security camera outside a fast—food restaurant. the 27—year—old black man, rayshard brooks, was running from police. we've frozen the video there. but immediately after this point he was shot by an officer. police had been called to the restaurant after receiving reports a man had fallen asleep in his car and was blocking the drive—thru. the georgia bureau of investigations, which is an independent agency supporting law enforcement in the state, has taken up the case. here's their director with more on what the video shows. it does appear in the video that he is fleeing from
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the atlanta police officers, that as he is fleeing, he turns back over his shoulder with what appears to the naked eye to be this taser that eyewitnesses told us they saw the individual have that belong to one of the officers, and as he turned it over, you will be able to see on the video the atlanta officer's literally reached down to get his service weapon, and as he gets his weapon, mr brooks begins turning his body away from him i presume to flee, and it looks like that's when the discharge of the weapon goes off. atlanta's chief of police has already stepped down, while the city's mayor has issued this statement. while there may be debate as to whether this was an appropriate use of deadly force, i firmly believe that there is a clear distinction between what you can do and what you should do. i do not believe that this was a justified use of deadly force and have called for the immediate termination of the officer.
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chief erika shields has been a solid member of apd for over two decades and has a deep and abiding love for the people of atlanta. and because of her desire that atlanta be a model of what meaningful reform should look like across this country, chief shields has offered to immediately step aside as police chief so that the city may move forward with urgency in rebuilding the trust so desperately needed throughout our communities. the attorney for the brooks family has been speaking a short time ago as well. so we agree with the mayo, saying that the officer who fired his weapon should be terminated and also prosecuted.
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i think we wantjustice but i don't even care anymore, i never know what that is. i been doing this for 15 years and i don't know what justice doing this for 15 years and i don't know whatjustice is anymore. is it getting arrested, somebody getting fired, she stepping down. i know that this isn't justice, what is happening inside atla nta. here in the uk, police have been hit with bottles and cans during clashes with far—right activists in central london. the confrontations came after large crowds gathered, some of whom claimed to want to protect statues such as that of winston churchill from anti—racism demonstrators. afterwards prime minister boris johnson said "racist thuggery had no place on our streets." this report from tom symonds contains some violent scenes from the start. there had been some peaceful protesting. but it wasn't long before this started. throughout the day, the police have been repeatedly attacked.
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shouting these lines of officers were there to keep the protesters apart from an anti—racism demonstration nearby. this team were pushed back from outside parliament. the crowd broke through. they attacked photographers. chanting we tried to ask some of those protesting why they had come. report the truth! i am asking to speak to you so i can report what your truth is. it is quite hard for us to ask these protesters what their demands are. we have faced threats today. they are from a variety of backgrounds, different groups, from right—wing activist organisations and organised football fans as well. the one thing they say they aren't is racist. the clearest motivation today — protecting, in the protesters‘ words, the statues in this area. though winston churchill, nelson mandela and the others
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had already been covered up. one protester, who would talk, said he felt churchill, british history, were under attack. come on! i mean, he had some racist views, but at the end of the day, he led us through our darkest hour. i mean, you know... i'm from south london. i've grown up with black people. we're all working class who live side by side. nobody here has an issue with blm. some antiracism protesters did gather today in central london, but black lives matter brought forward its latest events to yesterday to avoid trouble, though there were still some scaffolds. we have power to change... at a blm event in newcastle, the organisers said there had been threats. we have received a lot of opposition and threats from far right groups and whatnot,
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so we had to keep this quite low—key. and elsewhere in the city, the tension was clear on the streets, but nothing to compare with london. including scenes like this. police are investigating. the memorial is to pc keith palmer murdered there in a terror attack in 2017. the prime minister tweeted: this from the home secretary. the individuals that are basically putting the safety of our police officers and the safety the public at risk will expect to face the full force of the law. it went on and on. waterloo station this evening. a massive police operation‘s been needed to restore order, 100 arrests, another six officers injured, protesters too, including this man, carried to safety. but an angry day is finally over. tom symonds, bbc news, central london.
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moving to france now where there have been clashes between protesters and police in several cities across france. demonstrators are demanding an end to racism in french society under the black lives matter movement following the death of george floyd in the united states. police fired tear gas after crowds threw fireworks and bottles. rich preston has this report. demonstrations were most intense in the capital, paris, but also took place in marseille, nice and leon. chanting in the capital, around 15,000 gathered in place de la republique. they say the supposed glory of the republic doesn't apply to black people. rallies which started peacefully intensified. some protesters threw fireworks, bottles and paving stones. police fired back with tear gas. officials say more than 20 people were arrested, including 12 far right activists, who draped a ‘white lives matter‘ banner from an apartment block.
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the killing of george floyd in the united states has sparked a global wave of protests against racism. many here see parallels with the death of a 24—year—old black parisien in police custody in 2016. chanting the police officers involved in adame traore‘s death were exonerated. these people say justice hasn‘t been done. translation: the death of george floyd echoed the death of my little brother. what‘s happening in the united states is exactly the same as what‘s happening in france. 0ur brothers are dying. there is a fractious relationship between police and ethnic minorities in france with frequent allegations of victimisation and excessive force. french officials say they will take a zero—tolerance approach to racism in law enforcement and have banned restraints like chokeholds. police unions deny racism is rampant within the ranks. intense feelings of discrimination and unfairness have caused emotions to run high across france,
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but many say once the fog has lifted, much needs to be done to address systemic racism in french society. rich preston, bbc news. david chazan — a journalist in paris — has spent much of the day out on the streets of the french capital. the police say that about 15,000 demonstrators gathered in place de la republique in the heart of paris. that‘s where i was, and i‘m sure there were at least that number of people there. and the protests were generally peaceful, but some demonstrators did throw fireworks at the police, who responded with tear gas. now, most of the protesters had dispersed by the time i left a few minutes ago, but there were still a few left, and police were clearing the square. riot police with shields and helmets prevented the protesters from carrying out their plan to march from place de la republique through paris to the place de
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l‘0pera, but they did allow the rally to go ahead in the place de la republique and thousands of protesters also gathered in other french cities, in particular highlighting that case you mentioned of adama traore, a young black man who died in the custody of french police. lots of similarities and parallels being made between his death and george floyd‘s death. that is the latest from paris. let‘s get some of the day‘s other news. four european countries have signed a deal with the pharmaceutical giant, astrazeneca, in the hope of vaccinating up to 400—million people against coronavirus from the end of the year. the deal is the first signed by an alliance of germany, france, italy and the netherlands, to secure doses for all eu member states. the italian prime minister says his country should turn the coronavirus crisis into an opportunity to push through long—delayed reforms.
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giuseppe conte announced plans to simplify bureaucracy, improve education and support the poorest. italy is set to be the largest beneficiary of a huge eu recovery fund. russia has reported more than 8,000 new coronavirus cases on saturday, raising its total to over 520,000. it means the country has the third—highest figure in the world after the united states and brazil. its official death toll stands at nearly 7,000, many times lower than the figure seen in other countries with serious outbreaks. canadians have been reacting to disturbing footage which has emerged, showing police punching and applying a choke—hold on an indigenous chief in alberta. it‘s prompted the prime minister to call for an independent inquiry into the incident. the release of the video coincides with recent protests in canada calling for police reform — in the wake of the death of george floyd in the us. reged ahmad reports, and a warning — some viewers
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may find some of the following scenes upsetting. it‘s nearly 12 minutes of difficult—to—watch dashcam footage. initially, there are tense exchanges. chief allan adam grows increasingly frustrated with police officers. an officer and mr adam continue in heated argument. as the situation deteriorates and more officers arrive, one is seen running, tackling mr adam to the ground. he repeatedly punches him while shouting, ‘don‘t resist,‘ as bystanders plead with him to stop. before this footage was released publicly, police said they had viewed the video and found the officer‘s actions reasonable. mr adam later released a picture of the injuries he says he sustained in the attack. the incident is now being investigated by the alberta serious response team, but the canadian prime minister is calling for an
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independent inquiry. and he and other officials are now talking about racism in the royal canadian mounted police. the events that have been brought to light over the past days highlight that, without question, there is systemic discrimination within our institutions, including within the rcmp. we need to move forward to correct that. mr trudeau, seen here taking a knee at a recent antiracism protest in ottawa, has himself faced serious criticisms of his government‘s track record on indigenous issues — and personal allegations, too, of racism after photos surfaced of him in blackface. but this latest footage of mr adam‘s violent arrest comes at a time when the black lives matter demonstrations in canada — initially denouncing the death of george floyd in the us — have prompted a wider discussion about race and policing in canada. since covid, since april, we‘ve had nine deaths from the hands of police in this country of indigenous people,
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and that has to stop. a country normally known for its politeness and multiculturalism, canada has its own history of violence against indigenous people to contend with. many will be hoping this is a galvanising moment, when things finally start to change. reged ahmad, bbc news. this is bbc news. i‘m lewis vaughan jones. a reminder of our main stories this hour. the chief of police in the american city of atlanta has resigned — a day after officers shot dead a black man. she said the police needed to rebuild trust. the british prime minister, boris johnson, has condemned what he called "racist thuggery" following attacks on the police by crowds of protesters, including far— right activists, in central london. a leaked draft of a report from public health england has acknowledged that a range of factors including racism and discrimination may have exacerbated the risk from covid—19 within
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some communities. the report stated that historic racism could mean people from ethnic minority backgrounds were less likely to seek care when they needed it. our community affairs correspondent rianna croxford reports. john ho, a london cab driver who came to the uk from hong kong when he was 21. he was described by his family as a loving, sociable man with a heart of gold. he is one of thousands of people from ethnic minority communities to have died with coronavirus, but his daughters say he‘s more than just a number. he loved his life so much, he was so content and happy. no health issues. he had all these big dreams that he wanted to achieve. yeah. and he was only 55 when he passed away. a government review published last week confirmed that people like john, from asian and black backgrounds, were at a higher risk of death
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from the disease but failed to make any recommendations. this leaked draft written by public health england, previously unseen and still unpublished, contains a series of proposals on how to better protect people from ethnic minority backgrounds. it says that racism, stigma, occupational risk and social inequality may be increasing their risk of becoming seriously ill with the virus. to reduce this greater risk, the leaked document recommends that better data about ethnicity and religion is recorded, including on death certificates, making it law for all ethnic minority staff to have health risk assessments and says all key workers should have adequate personal protective equipment. and for public health messaging to be more culturally sensitive, particularly for people who don‘t speak english as a first language. the head of the doctors‘ union says there are still no easy solutions.
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those bame healthcare workers, doctors, who are at highest risk, they may be older, they may have diabetes or heart disease or high blood pressure, would be redeployed in roles that did not require them to be providing covid—facing care. at the gym every day... but those still grieving in the present say they feel let down. if we knew that there was a risk because he was from an ethnic minority, then he would have shielded, he would have self—isolated, so he could possibly still be here now. the government hasn‘t said when exactly it will officially release these recommendations, but the faces of those who have already died of the virus are a reminder the threat hasn‘t gone away. rianna croxford, bbc news. cuba can claim some success in battling coronavirus. according to health officials there, no—one has died from covid—19 on the caribbean island for 11 days. however, the economic impact for a country which like italy, is also dependent on tourism is significant, as our cuba correspondent,
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will grant reports. military vehicles roam the streets of old havana, dousing them with disinfectant and water in the cuban government‘s successful drive to contain the spread of covid—19. normally these streets would be awash with tourists but restrictions on foreign visitors will stay in place until august. that‘s tough news for cuba‘s economy, which could contract by 6% this year. especially its private sector. 0nce heralded as the next economic motor, the 0bama administration was confident that more private business would bring more democracy, more change to the island. now economists predict one in three cuban private businesses may close from the pandemic. this japanese restaurant in havana has turned to delivery and has cut their prices in half to stay afloat.
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we don‘t expect to do that to have profits with these offers. we are running and maintaining the workers having some support, some cash. it is less work and less salary but it is something. it is better than nothing. fuumiyaki can employ motorcycle couriers but many businesses cannot innovate. from private homes offering tourist accommodation to taxi drivers, the main source of income has completely dried up. since the reduction in us visitors, the private sector has been struggling anyway. so it was very much the main beneficiary but it was already suffering. the private sector it‘s
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wonderful when you have a boom going on but when you have a problem you are much more vulnerable. despite their mutual distrust, some private businesses in to help the cuban state. artist and sculptor raphael produced face shields for local hospitals. "we donated some of the plastic and pvc but as we got going, the raw materials started to come from the healthcare system itself," he explains. in a rare example of private and state partnership. havana‘s famous seawall that normally bustles with life lies empty. in the current crisis the government has offered business some tax relief but entrepreneurs expect little further support from the communist run state. the private sector in cuba is resilient and has overcome past crises but coronavirus may prove one obstacle too great. will grant, bbc news. as we have been seeing there,
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one of the industries that‘s been hit hardest by the coronavirus lockdown is tourism. borders have been closed and people have been unable to travel — so a holiday was out of the question. in many places restrictions are now being eased — but some are calling for restraint — as the bbc‘s tim allman explains. venice is not open for business. at least that‘s the message these venetians want you to hear. a human chain and a giant banner stretched out over one of the city‘s famous canals. the people here calling for responsible tourism. an end to the mass invasion that comes every summer. visitors are already returning. the famous doge‘s palace has reopened its doors. but locals are calling for quality, not necessarily quantity. we hope to have, in the future, slow tourism. slow tourism. this is very important. it means not less tourism, but better, good organisation. this is the first thing.
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around 30 million people visit venice each year, a city with a native population of little more than 50,000. many only come for the day, bringing little income to the local economy. and residents say many neighbourhoods are being ruined by landlords who turn rental properties into holiday lets, pricing out those who live here. then there‘s the cruise ships. larger vessels were banned from parts of the city after this crash last summer. their absence and then the lockdown has meant cleaner waterways, a cleaner venice. but that‘s the dilemma. these people need tourism, but they don‘t want too much. are they protesting against the one thing that will get venice back on its feet? tim allman, bbc news. queen elizabeth‘s official birthday has been marked with a military ceremony in the grounds of windsor castle. the traditional trooping the colour on horse guards parade in london was cancelled
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because of the coronavirus pandemic. the queen was the only member of the royal family attending the celebration — as our royal correspondent, nicholas witchell reports. a birthday parade for changed times, with windsor castle substituting for horse guards parade. there were no crowds and no cavalry. but under perfect summer skies, into the castle‘s central quadrangle, marched the soldiers who form the castle guard, accompanied by the rather less than massed ranks of the band of the household division. and, on this, the day that officially marks her 94th birthday, the queen was there to watch. she emerged accompanied by officials from the castle where she‘s been in isolation with her husband since the start of the coronavirus lockdown.
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social distancing was very much the order of the day. the soldiers, from the welsh guards, were all standing at least two metres apart. all the troops had learned new marching techniques to maintain safe distances. this was something called feathering. watching intently, the guest of honour. a birthday celebration this may have been, but we shouldn‘t forget that windsor castle has been the hub of the monarchy during the lockdown. it was from here that the queen broadcast to the nation at the height of the pandemic. today, there was a note of hope that, very slowly and carefully, life can be restored to a version of normality. nicholas witchell, bbc news. that‘s it from me. i will be back with the headlines injust a couple i will be back with the headlines in just a couple of minutes. you can always get me online. you can reach me on twitter.
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i‘m @lvaughanjones. i‘m lewis vaughan jones i‘m lewis vaughanjones and this is bbc news. bye—bye. hello again. the next few days will bring a real mixture of weather across the uk, just like we saw during the first half of the weekend. the sunshine in the north—west of wales lifted temperatures to a high of 25.5 degrees here. whereas the low cloud, the fog that affected eastern scotland meant the temperature in edinburgh was only 12 degrees in the afternoon. we also saw quite a few heavy and thundery showers breaking out, but we‘ve still got this area of low pressure sitting close to the south—west. that‘s where we had more frequent showers earlier on. and there may well be some further thundery showers breaking out on sunday, but large parts of the uk will be dry, warm and humid as well. it will start off grey and misty and murky, though, across much of scotland
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and the north east of england. that low cloud retreating back to coastal areas, and we‘ll see some sunny spells developing. that will trigger some showers, particularly into the afternoon across parts of england and wales. it may stay dry in the south—east of england. there won‘t be as many showers in the south—west. the main focus of the thundery showers breaking out probably across wales and the midlands. further north, some sunshine, but also areas of low cloud lapping onto coasts of north—east england and affecting eastern scotland. so it‘s likely to be about ten degrees warmer, perhaps, in western scotland than the eastern side of the country. there may be a bit of rain up towards aberdeenshire. those heavy showers, though, continuing through the evening across england and wales, tending to fade away as the sun goes down. but as we move into the beginning of the week, we‘ve still got this very warm and muggy air and an area of low pressure sitting close to the uk, so that‘s a recipe for more heavy and thundery showers to break out. again, there‘ll be a lot of low cloud starting the day across scotland and the north east of england, tending to lift in most areas.
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but when we get some sunshine coming through, that‘ll bubble up the showers again, more especially for the western side of the uk. and again, those temperatures will typically be reaching around about the low 20s or so. and as we move into tuesday as well, it‘s a similar sort of story. perhaps not so much of that low cloud in the north east of the uk, some sunshine, but more showers more widely on tuesday. notjust in the west this time, and again they could be heavy and thundery and they‘re not going to move very far at all, so some torrential downpours and temperatures into the low 20s. not a great deal changing, really, through wednesday and thursday. more heavy and thundery showers to come. probably a bit drier on friday.
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this is bbc news, the headlines: the chief of police in the american city of atlanta has resigned — a day after her officers shot dead a black man. video appears to show that the man — rayshard brooks — had one of the officers‘ tasers in his hand as he tried to flee. more than a hundred people have been arrested at a protest in central london, where demonstrators — including far—right activists — clashed with police. a crowd surrounded a statue of sir winston churchill, which was boarded up after it was vandalised during the black lives matter demonstration last weekend. french police have clashed with protesters in several cities, where thousands of people demonstrated against racism and allegations of police brutality. marchers in paris demanded justice for adama traore, a 24—year—old black man who died four years ago when he was pinned down by police officers in the city.

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