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but then it back at the past week's top stories and the latest developments this is r.t. good to have you with us this hour dozens of arrests are made in new york as police move to contain what was thought to be the largest occupy wall street demonstration in the u.s. so far that's as thousands crowded into the iconic times square during the ongoing city campout against big banks that's already lasted almost five weeks what do you see coming off was there. i'm here in times square in new york city where this was the scene of a massive standoff by the occupy wall street protesters who are here on a peaceful demonstration trying to take their message nationwide as other cities have joined in the protests now what we saw here was a massive standoff between the police and the protesters we saw all kinds of police
officers out here riot police police on calvary and we saw in fact here at city police counterterrorism unit officers which was very confusing for the crowd again this was a peaceful demonstration several thousand protesters had marched here when we came here down to a forty six street we were essentially blocked off by the n.y.p.d. corralled in an area we weren't able to move for several hours i saw several protesters arrested at reportedly by the police department there was approximately seventy arrests three of them i witnessed right here on forty seven forty six and seven to protestors and sitting down peacefully the police had to handcuff them slam them to the ground plan their faces and the ground they were not moving not really resisting arrest so it's confusing why the actions were so severe so tough. the standoff between protesters and police got extremely tense when the police officers doubled up the barricades we were prevented from moving a left or right we couldn't go up or down we could meet up with the bigger march
was actually taking place on forty second street but the police again extremely tense extremely aggressive but the protesters at one point we saw a group of protesters reciting of the first amendment to the police and still still we were told to get out of here even though there was no place to actually go things have calmed down now but we will be on the ground reporting for our team from times square this is lucy kaplan of. difficult to follow you she's twitter feed to get the latest on those demonstrations in the big apple and that you can also follow the first one videos from times. where and you can follow all of our other correspondents at twitter dot com slash l.t. . the anti greed movement attracts more attention is reports of allegedly groundless arrests and some predict that even more violence on the streets of american cities as the marches spread from coast to coast there is going to be some
kind of martyrdom in the near future we're going to see violence or rob we could argue that we already have the violence in this country with the police pepper spraying protesters with you know innocent teenage women and be you know but taunted you know on kero this is what the alternative media showcasing right now again this is a revolution this is this is a change in psychology this is an evolution in human consciousness the people are waking up and we're demanding change this is no different from what we saw overseas in the middle east and northern africa the revolution has now come to the united states of america and spoke to los angeles based political blogger. who believes the protesters can bring change if they are given enough time. i actually heard one of the protesters here your but exactly right he said we've been here for thirty days our government's been there for two hundred years give us a chance to figure it out so i agree that it is an issue but i think that it's something bad as people spend more time in the open to be leaving the strong first
and we'll come up with real workable solutions now where there's the political will to deal with this you know it is still a problem but i do think that these people need time to figure out exactly how to solve these problems they're just now becoming aware of. how widespread the anger is how widespread the sort of unfairness this. what started them all straight has now spread worldwide this weekend galvanized into action in one of the largest collective movements of its kind tens of thousands of spilled on to city streets across the world protests have already taken hold in more than eighty countries with europe becoming one of the main targets of public fury against banks and politicians in rome riot police used tear gas and water cannons to disperse violent crowds these protests is smashing bank windows and torched cars. the same but going into the sky near the coliseum and other parts of the city in britain police want to protest as efforts to set up camp outside the stock exchange in london some one
hundred activists high court officers for preventing more people from joining the ground in berlin scuffles broke out in front of the german parliament building when police were moved demonstrators tents and food still a correspondents are continuing to keep their eyes on how people are making their feelings felt around the world and you can follow them online. these people who are on the streets of madrid today they believe that their voices are in fact the heart demonstrations here in israel will continue to grow until the government meet the demands the police have been trying to disperse the last few remaining hundred hardcore protesters. dumbest sar on the scene reports from across the globe. we have to do is just click on to our website it's online all the time all team called . sponsored by throwing poverty and unemployment. angers by the country's waging fallen as well cutting jobs and social spending
people across the globe rise up against their government's economic policies follow the worldwide action against austerity live on cartoon. on thursday the struggling could breathe a sigh of relief as slovakia one of its smallest members finally voted in favor of the expanded european bailout fund it was the only e.u. member still stalling eurozone plans when lawmakers rejected the proposal on tuesday in a vote that brought down the country's. greatest four hundred forty billion euro rescue fund will now be able to offer cheap credit to beleaguered banks and buy up increasingly expensive sovereign debt but it. believes that vacuum was forced into changing its mind. good enough no is not acceptable in the modern european union if you say no you are made to vote again until you get the right answer which gives you a true measure of what this project's really like you must understand that i've just
been in this parliamentary chamber with mr barroso these people are absolutely intent on creating a united states of europe they don't care how many millions of people march up to the unemployment scrap heap they don't care about the tide of humanism misery that because they have got their political goals but the reality is that not only economically is this failing book politically it's failing what is the point actually of bailing these countries or one of the bailouts all these bailouts helping the people in greece and portugal who they're not what they're actually doing is they're giving money to these countries to give back to our banks who over lent the money in the first place i mean the whole thing. what countries need who are trapped inside this economic prison called the euro is they need to devalue. you with r.t. and we've got plenty more ahead for you this hour after the u.s. claims that they are covered in an assassination plot by ron paul and how analysts have questioned the evidence and why ted rowlands would have
a motive. still to convict a boots gun running trial starts in new york here in suggesting that america's determination to convict outweighs the evidence we need a fair hearing is unlikely. former ukrainian prime minister yulia timoshenko feels the laws icy grip just two days after being sentenced to seven years behind bars for abuses of power and gas deals she signed with russia a new set of fraud charges is lined up against the guilty verdict drew international anger from russia the e.u. and the united states. judgment day for ukraine's democracy that was how some dubbed events in a key of court this week where former prime minister yulia timoshenko was awaiting the verdict over her alleged shady dealings in a gas deal with russia her supporters took to the streets in her defense before being dispersed by the police. three months of nonstop protests surrounding the
case culminated in the biggest reminder yet of the orange revolution the two thousand and four uprising which made him a shango a household name. now as then there were tens of thousands in the streets naked anger and even naked activists this group staging another topless demonstration against all sides in the dispute but the main drama was inside the court especially after the judge's controversial verdict which the court has ruled that the demand of not to mention two is guilty under article three six five pounds three of the criminal code of ukraine and sentences her to seven years imprisonment and denies of the right to work in civil service for three years just last year and to a shanghai was one of the most influential female politicians in the world but having lost her power and now her liberty to go was furious. with the retiring regime for its magic to stop me the trial showed that the constitution and
justice had been trampled under throughout i urge you to begin the struggle it's a very difficult and important moment we have to protect ukraine against the authoritarian regime don't give up. the prosecution claimed she abused power while signing gas deals with russia in two thousand and nine the accusation has raised eyebrows in moscow which insists the contracts were completely legitimate but we cannot accept that the legitimate acting contract which remains in force which was never legally challenged. could be. the reason. for the good decision. which took place today the e.u. also doubted president viktor yanukovych has assurances that the case had not been politicized and lashed out at ukraine's leadership experts say kiev now finds itself in a very difficult position potential membership the european union is some years
away and i think we shouldn't pretend otherwise but we do once the countries in europe cease to know to get closer to europe not just in terms of membership in terms of european values like the rule of justice and this is clearly an extraordinary setback and i do think it is quite possible that the invitation for president. to come here on the twenty eighth of october will now be withdrawn another criminal case was launched against him a shank or two days after the verdict was announced accusing her of shifting her own dirt to russia's defense ministry onto ukraine's budget fifteen years ago this only added to her image of a martyr a symbol of freedom supported by the masses and few doubt she would hesitate to capitalize on that status even if she has to wait seven years to do so just hours after a simmering tension in central kiev it is back to quiet and normal again there is unclear whether unity mustang cause space has been sealed as experts are now
speculating that a presidential pardon is still a possibility but these protesters here are determined to stay here for at least another week in any case let's see russia ski party reporting from kiev in ukraine . but as we saw their tempers run high outside court after you get to machine because guilty verdict was announced. documented what happened right in the thick of it and pictures are online at facebook dot com slash news we have footage of that angry response in kiev you tube channel as well. but it seems got. still drama is all over the news of the moment later in the program we find out what regulators were looking for when they raided the european offices of russian energy giant gazprom. a story still to come for you but first moves towards reform have started in syria where a new constitution is being drafted following months of anti-government protests
the draft is due to be complete within four months president assad has called for multi-party elections and febrile off demands from protesters who've been on the streets since march this week tens of thousands of assad's supporters have been cheering in support of the government in the. u.s. state of the three thousand lines with the u.n. warning that the country might be heading for a full blown civil war as a serious spoke to people from both sides consensus this recruit. voices of support yes and continuing dissent some and in deadly clashes polar opposites in their demands but in some way united by a newfound zeal to take a stand for years the fact that the syrian capital was gathered to show their support for the government is going up far cry from the images we've been seeing in other cities in the country where there have been reported was little if the kurdish north has ever had any government protests additional however one would think it's only about where in this country was because of course it is sometimes
the time that was the very way for you let's not be with. her husband and young children who are one of many families who braved the heat enjoy the crowds in downtown damascus but it's true that we knew nothing about politics before but now we take a stand even if i'm a sunni muslim i'm pro this president. ever since most people started revealing their political stance openly some people would mock me and say since when do you know about policy. six what do you know there are divisions among family members some are pro aside some are anti but that's how it is. it appears that apathy is becoming less of an option for citizens of a nation now under intense international scrutiny i never watched news i never cared you know i never never had any interest in politics but now i think most of us read
it books watch the news media god because you know baseball the no one pick up and then you have the right back around and all the issues about kids until you can think of them are. you there are those like the new i was saying who are no strangers to picking a side and making it known he's long been voicing his discontent and what he calls a repressive regime and today facebook is one of his main tools in coordinating dissent coalition activism has evolved in syria for me i feel that my voice goes further now back then it started with stating an opinion that i'm going to jail that hitting a dead and no one would even know about it that has changed now that people are more politically aware hussein has been thrown in jail says he was tortured and finds himself constantly looking over his shoulder. i was detained for spreading the word on the violent crackdown in daraa but i'd feel like a coward if i didn't risk my life while those on the streets are doing so asking
for the regime to fall a call staunchly opposed by those on the other side yet if it was. me to give them the just. give them time. while political curiosity and activism among syrians are growing whatever side of the divide they're on people here see the future of their country is at stake but all are adamant that future is firmly in their own hands. that's our cilia r.t. damascus. egypt's military rulers have this week issued a decree. banning all forms of discrimination that's after the worst violence there since the fabric revolution which toppled president mubarak more than twenty five people were killed and hundreds injured in clashes between coptic christians and security forces in current military vehicles were seen charging through the crowds while troops fired rubber bullets and tear gas it started as a peaceful demonstration for justice after attacks all christian churches by use of
an extremist state we get blamed the christian protesters despite witnesses say it unconnected troublemakers with the highly violent middle east blogger call sherry's says the country's military rule is a state gauging the religious and i this is a very cynical attempt by the defacto rulers of the country the military to portray a. minority of the population and religious minority as troublemakers when in fact all they're doing are trying to seek some justice and overturn institutionalized discrimination that's the. residue from them time of war barak and his policies what we are facing is a popular uprising that was a poor aborted by a military coup leaving pretty much a political and security vacuum in place and that's the context for what's happening in egypt and all the kind of sides involved don't seem to have enough
authority to control the emergence to ation in egypt so that void within that vacuum anything is possible at the moment. iranian president mahmoud ahmadinejad has dismissed claims by washington that tehran plotted to assassinate the saudi arabian ambassador to the u.s. an american delegation is now heading to russia china and turkey to provide evidence to back up their suspicions washington is that it's committed to holding terror to account but iran says the claims are an attempt to isolate it from the international community and those within the country say if you knew any u.s. action gave you a lot to go one says. the more pressure that the united states tries to impose upon iran the iranians will push back as well the united states is being utterly dishonest iran has absolutely no motive to carry out such an operation if you ron did hypothetically want to carry out this operation they could have done it in the middle east in an area where there are more high profile figures and where it could be carried out much easier why would iran want to create extra sensitivity with the
united states so it's absolute nonsense and obviously iran gains nothing from it the only people who do gain is the united states by distracting attention way away from its problems at home such as the economic hardship that people are facing its decline in the middle east it helps israel come out of isolation it helps the saudis route the saudi regime he tried he united people against some theoretical hypothetical foreign enemy. recent raids by e.u. regulators on the european offices of russian energy giant gazprom may force moscow to review supply deals to europe industry analysts say the searches were desperate to pressure russia to sell gas on better terms. when looking for the reasons behind the raids. this event still to be one reason behind the e.u. raids on gazprom offices of the beginning of october european energy giants
electricity de france and b a s f said to join russia sell stream pipeline to europe and they're said to be the death warrant for the bucco an e.u. bugs rival their success of a golf ball where tore through long last miles and the commission of law for example it's their pet project but why would the e.u. want these raids to spook russia a reliable supplier to renegotiate any contracts brussels must prove irregularities in its deals with gazprom the european subsidiaries and that seems unlikely nobody really believes that the e.u. has a strong case for proving their point we see this more as a measure to increase pressure on gazprom in russia the e.u. says it wants cheaper gas and more players on the market but his strategy may have one crucial flaw i'm going they say sell our gas to another company when it gets to europe but that company must make a profit on the deal and that will immediately raise the price of the e.u.
hones pay analysts say the being influenced by several anti russian hardliners many of whom are upset that missing out on the opportunity to take part in big energy ventures especially baltic nations which the north stream pipeline point policies taking russian gas straight to germany instead of complaining gas expose they could have moved on the world with russia. lithuania is anti russian inertia will undermine their society politically and economically at the moment little when he is pursuing a one day man. policy that given the problems in the euro zone will leave it regretting it did not pursue a more constructive policy with russia for example signed a new deal with gazprom which will generate income and contribute to a canonic stability emotions that are also running high among some european politicians who want to end their reliance on russian gas despite efforts by moscow to diversify routes.
governments. seem to think. we don't. all. fortunately. but with no immediate alternative to russian gas those stereotypes could only affect the long term relations between the european energy markets and its biggest supply of the new bushel of brussels. prime minister putin paid a visit to beijing this week ending at the possible direction of his foreign policy should he be elected russia's next president seven billion dollars worth of energy and technology trade deals were signed during the trip that's concession is france's none believes that strengthening their ties could alter the axis of global politics and economy. the u.s. and europe joined together is really dominating global politics now think of china and russia can join to get. away and not dictate
around the world of course in europe and you would not be happy if in. china and russia kempo attack this for teaching interest in political interest there would not lead. to mount a staging post from afghanistan so this is very important for both countries. the connection between china and russia goes deeper than just economic deals as r.t. here's later this hour from a veteran observer who explains the country's long held cultural ties. to libya now where civil war is still a reality the national transitional government has faced new resistance in tripoli this week for the first time since the capital was taken in august several were injured in gun battles with gadhafi supporters after an attempt to raise the else did regime is green flag on a city rooftop in the town of sirte gadhafi loyalists mounted
a fierce counterattack forcing usually fighters who've been trying to take control of the colonel's stronghold for months now into see says it lead to clear full liberation once. this particular simon of self told r.t. that pursuing that goal means ignoring the high human cost. i think what's happening in sirte is really quite shocking i mean if you if you remove yourself from saying i support one side or support the other side what we're seeing is a full scale assault on. you know very densely populated area in which civilians are paying a very very heavy price now the reason why this is important is because the whole basis on which nato imposed a no fly zone at the beginning of the conflict was precisely to defend civilian again please. if we attack them now we have if you like the allies of nato doing what their enemies were doing a few months ago and you have to begin to ask yourself where is nato now why is
nato not saying these are civilians under attack by a military force we have to stop we have to stop this attack and i think what we're beginning to see if you like is that on a reemergence of the double standard what's happening in libya now is going to be a war crime the attack is a war crime and i think it has to stop immediately has to be negotiation they have to be allowed to surrender but more importantly i think if they don't surrender then you put the city under siege and allow the civilians to flee and they're not and they're not doing that the trial of the russian businessman vic to take used of illegal arms sales got underway in new york this week he was arrested in thailand three years ago and extradited to the u.s. in twenty ten if found guilty of trafficking weapons he could face life behind bones and see to journalist daniel a student believes america is determined to get boots sentence which means he has little chance of a fair trial even though the evidence against him is thin. the united states government is going to have a very very hard time proving that their target is guilty and it's going to be very
difficult time making the label of merchant of that stick in a court of law and unfortunately for the united states government there is very little verifiable evidence they will be able to present most of it is hearsay most of it he should say it's he said she said about things which no one has ever seen and this is something that again unfortunately the team representing him right now was not in the position to deal with because they're simply not up to scratch he's not going to get a fair trial he's in the united states. the evidence how can we get a fair trial well the united states government has done everything in their power to bring him to the united states after two years in thailand and now they put him up on trial in the united states only to have baldwin and embarrass the united states i don't think is going to happen. well that's brings up to date for the moment i'll be back with a recap of our top stories very shortly don't go away this is all t. life here in moscow.
this is the weekly edition here all in all too good to have you with us tom main stories this hour and corporate marches in new york meet a fierce response from police as the protest rally makes its biggest push yet. on the occupy wall street movement gained support across the world with tens of thousands letting loose their anger against wealthy banks and bankers. ukraine's former prime minister feels a stroll of the law after being sentenced to seven years for abuse of power some declined nation shot to democracy the noose is tightening still further she faces even more challenges. and syria's president promises to meet the test system.