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sport sport. one of the greatest captains in cricket history calls time on his test career. ♪ indonesia's president has instructed searchers to concentrate on retrievers the passengers and crew from the crashed airasia plane in java sea. several bodies have already been recovered and are on their way back for identification. the flight was carrying 162 people when it went down in the java sea on sunday. families were informed of the discovery just a few hours ago. there were scenes of despair as they begin to come to terms with the plight of their loved ones.
>> reporter: finally news of their loved ones but not the news they wanted. >> translator: we will find things belongings bodies of the passengers of the plane, and we are sure that everything will be brought back into our base. >> reporter: they found the brie and bodies in sector 7, one of 13 areas being searched. it was just ten kilometers from where the air traffic controllers lost contact with the plane. the president came here to the airport. on the way he flew over the area where the bodies and debris were discovered. with so many indonesians on board, this was a tragedy of the nation. in the three days of waiting took its toll across the country as it did with the family members. tuesday's find does not bring complete closure. it will take some time before all of the bodies can be recovered and brought back to the airport where the plane took
off on sunday. then the difficult process of identifying bodies and the months possibly years before an investigation can reveal just what brought the flight to the bottom of the java sea. an independent aviation analyst says air traffic tracks needs to be improved. >> was it does disappear all communications is lost and for that reason there has to be a better way of identifying and locating an aircraft. there are actually companies that are now coming to grips with this task of identifying the problem and identifying where an aircraft might be but
much of that technology is in its infancy, and it will take time before airlines start to buy into those solutions. an air asian plan landing in the central philippines has overshot the runway. it skidded off of the runway after landing from manila in windy weather. 159 people were on board the plane and emergency chutes were deployed. no one was injured. two albanian soldiers have been killed. simon mcgregor-wood is live for us. what more can you tell us about the rescue operation? >> reporter: well, it's all part of what is turning from a rescue operation into a salvage operation. and overnight, monday night into
tuesday morning, a joint team of italian and albanian workers started to attachable cables to the craft. and one of the steel cables attached to the albanian vessel engaged in the operation snapped and very tragically two albanian soldiers were kill as a result of that. so what we now understand is that the italian navy has taken command of this towing operation, and we expect the ferry to be in the port where i'm standing at some point tomorrow wednesday, so that a proper investigation can begin. >> reporter: simon what are survivors saying about their experience there on board the ferry? >> reporter: well, most of them are still at sea. we're expecting a -- a huge
contingent of over 215 to arrive on board an italian naval ship here. but a few have already been brought ashore in the last couple of days and some have continued to give eyewitness testimony that weeks of a rather chaotic and badly organized response from the crew on the ferry when the fire first started and the scale of the emergency first became apparent. >> translator: we heard people screaming and running out of our cabins, so we left ours as well. and then we saw the smoke coming out from the ship and grabbed the life vests. outside we couldn't see anything because it was dark. the sea was stormy and the water was all over. >> i was lucky, i was saved after nearly 24 hours. and this is a long time to feel
with hope and feel that you will die, and it changes always. we -- we tried to be together to be connected to other people and to say oh it will -- we will be safe. but it was hard to believe that always. to go back to your hope because we see the ships so far. >> reporter: so as i say in about two or three hours there will be over 200 more survivors rescued from the ship and brought ashore here. many will spend hours exposed to the weather. and tomorrow wednesday, the ferry itself will arrive so a proper investigation will begin. there are concerns as to whether there was a problem with some of the fire doors on board the
ferry. the ships owners said those mistakes were corrected, but investigators will have a close look at that. and we're also hearing there is still confusion over the number of people actually on board the ferry. 478 was on one manifest but they found far fewer people. and a prosecutor suggested that they may still find more bodies concealed within the lower decks of the ferry once investigators get a really good opportunity to scour the vessel itself. >> confusing situation. simon thanks very much. meanwhile another ship off of the greek island has sent a distress call with reports of armed passengers on board. it is carrying between 400 and 600 passengers bound for croatia. jonah what more do we know about
the location of the ship and who is on board? >> we haven't had any significant updates in the past couple of hours or so. the authorities here in greece are unwilling to give too much in the way of detail out until they themselves know more about what is going on on this vessel. in order to find out, the navy has dispatched a frigate, and the coast guard has sent two vessels as well. the coast guard in core few says that this vessel is in rough seas. 12 nautical miles northwest of core corefu. they understand 4 to 600 people are on board, that they believe these may largely be undocumented migrants. they refuse to confirm reports of armed people among them. separate to that we have a host of media reports, citing maritime websites and other sources suggesting that this is
a moldovan flagged vessel called the blue sky m a cargo vessel primarily. and according to satellite data at the last minute it made a turn towards southern italy. so at this moment it appears to be in high seas northwest of corfu, heading for southern italy. >> all right. jonah, i know you'll stay on that story for us. now our other top story this hour russian opposition leader is calling for vladimir putin's government to be destroyed. he hit out at the russian president after receiving a suspended sentence. peter sharpe has more. >> reporter: he arrived in court with state prosecutors calling for a ten-year term.
instead he and his brother was sentenced to three and a half hours. his supporters claim the trial is another attempt by the kremlin to curb decent in russia. and will effectively remove one of the most effective political opposition players from the stage. he is for many the credible face of russian opposition, he has been one of the most vocal opponents of president vladimir putin, famous for once calling the ruling party a bunch of crooks and thieves. but in february his political ambitiouses came to an abrupt end when he was placed under house arrest. his brother and wife always by his side out there his frequent court appearances.
>> translator: this hunter which has laid their hands on everything in russia and a building resources based fut fut -- feud in capitalism will soon crumble and fall. >> reporter: if the kremlin has been trying to keep him quiet, it has not worked. he has become one of the biggest challenges to president putin's grip on power. the face of political opposition to putin across russia. the kremlin will be hoping that the suspended sentence instead of the ten years in jail that the prosecution was looking for will help diffuse the planned mass protest by his supporters. maria is from the europe council on foreign relations and joins me from moscow. how scared is the kremlin and
president putin of alexei? >> well the purpose of the complain against him has been to incapacitate politically, and this has been done with a suspended sentence. he can no longer president in the political process, and to send a message to those who still dare to oppose the kremlin. it depends on the kremlin whether it will show mercy or not. also the fact that he is under a suspended sentence, and his brother will be behind bars will face alexei with a very difficult moral dilemma, because he will know it's not only about himself and his bravery and defiance of the risks, it's also his brother's fate and if he,
quote unquote, doesn't behave his brother's fate may get tougher still. >> will it incapacitate his supporters as well? >> his supporters and i think this is the tallest of the kremlin will be -- and have been demoralized, and even though today lots of people claim they will come to one of the central squares in moscow to protest the verdict, i don't think there is much future for this opposition movement. first because these people are very few, and the president putin's approval rating right now is over 80%. and because the kremlin has huge advantage over the russian society. >> alexei was found guilty but avoided prison. prosecutors had sought a ten-year prison term for him. some lawmakers saying this
sentence wasn't harsh enough. could this have been a lot worse for him? >> well the sentence indeed has been unexpected and yesterday when suddenly it was announced that the verdict would be read this morning, everybody expected that the -- i mean everybody -- his supporters expected the verdict will be really tough. the fact that it was not as tough as expected i think means that the kremlin would not want him behind the bars would not want to have him an image of a martyr and would want him restraints, and his supporters demoralized. >> thanks very much. good to get your analysis on this. and just another quick note something worth mentioning is that protests in moscow are set
to begin in the next hour. alexei has called on his supporters to take to the streets over his guilty verdict. and that of his brother, of course, his brother was sent to prison. we'll keep an eye on how developments unfold in moscow and bring you any information as it comes in to us. protests possibly due to begin in the next hour lots more to come. defending kirkuk kurd irk forces face a relentless battle with isil fighters. i'm in the southern indian state. coming up i'll be taking a look at the challenges a unique community is facing in preserving its architectural history. and farah will tell you how real madrid capture a magnificent year with another night in awards. all of that and more coming up in sports.
♪ to gambia now where an attempted coup appears to have been foiled. heavy gunfire erupted in the presidential palace. the president is out of the country. but with 20 years in power, he is one of africa's longest-serving leaders. he took over in a bloodless coup in 1994. in 2006 there was an attempt to topple him while he was abroad. and quickly returned to deal with his opponents. he is also a self declared traditional healer who claims he can cure aids and asthma. andrew simmons has worked in gambia and joins us now. something like this has been tried before but what do we know about the latest attempted
coup. >> numerous attempted coups in the tiny country. but the president is out of the country. we're not sure where he is. it could be france or the middle east. the level of secrecy he operates under are an indication of how incur his county is. there were large amounts of gunfire around the presidential palace and hours later, soldiers, some of them believed to be connected to the presidential guard were cutting off a bridge in the capitol. however, we now hear from diplomatic sources that it is all over. there have been a reported number of deaths said to include four loyalists, and possibly the leader of the attempted coup. was it a coup? was it a mutiny? highly difficult to get
information, simply because there are very few media institutions in this country. >> so still uncertainty around the situation. there's still a great deal we don't know andrew. he is a fascinating character, isn't he? and you managed to get a very rare unprecedented interview with him some years back. >> that was back in 2007 and we had been invited to state house to interview the president, and it turned into quite an extraordinary affair because we were there for nearly 48 hours. we were taken in the early hours to a conservatory building where the president was administering this treatment which was effectively massage with what he described as herbal solutions and also peanuts and bananas, he
said he was curing hiv positive patients. he was acting like a doctor. it was quite surreal. but he insists the large numbers of people who by the way were queuing in their tens outside of this building. he claims they have to give up antiviral drugs. as a result people are dying because of this. they are not finding the miracle cure they thought they would get. and the president insists this is absolute total fabrication. part of his attack against the west. they have lashed out at any critics about the repression. in 2004 there was a very prominent journalist murdered in cold blood, shot dead. in that was alleged that it was
the presidential guard that could have been involved in that. never proven. there have been a number of miss call assassinations there. and one thing is guaranteed if there has been an attempted coup there will be a colossal crack down. you can be sure if anyone is caught alive, they will be facing a possible death penalty. >> andrew thank you so much for giving us some incite into gambia and yeah that was a surreal interview. one that many of us remember. thank you. in the u.k. a patient with the ebola virus has been moved to a london hospital. the health worker recently returned from scotland. she was put in a medical isolation unit in scotland after becoming feverish. she is now being treated at a
medical unit in london. iraqi security forces say they have retaken a town from isil fighters. isil has occupied the northern half since june. it connects to a main highway to the capitol bagdad. moving to a key battleground, the city of cur of -- kirkuk. mohammed has this report from the front line. [ gunfire ] >> reporter: on the front lines outside the city of kirkuk contact between kurdish peshmerga forces and islamic state of iraq and the levant is regular. the peshmerga use sandbags as protection. there is a fair amount of in-coming fire here. a short distance away isil positions display their trademark black flag. >> translator: the distance between us is very small, in
some places we are just 700 meters apart. they are always trying to push forward. >> reporter: so far the peshmerga lines have held but isil fighters have been unrelenting in their operation to take oil rich kirkuk. the kurdish forces have had to adopt some drastic measures. fighting has also come with its own humanitarian impact. this is the road that links kirkuk to towns and villages to its west. it's now totally closed. and peshmerga fighters say they had to do that to protect themselves from isil bombings. >> translator: we have lost many men to isil car bombs. we have also captured their spies around our positions. we have no intention to reopen this road. >> reporter: on the other side of the blockage in one of the sunni villages, we saw a queue of stranded vehicles.
as far as these men are concerned, kirkuk now belongs to the kurds. it's a huge achievement for the kurdish forces. ordinary life in this city is far from normal. >> translator: i secured by restaurant. but it's the general insecurity and the fighting that is keeping customers away. people are too afraid to venture out. >> reporter: kurdish peshmerga fighters entered kirkuk after the army abandoned its posts seven months ago. they have long coveted kirkuk and regarded it as their capitol. in a country where past grievances play a key, kirkuk
remains a fault line. now syrian activists are reporting government attacks in the northern countryside. air strikes and artillery shells are said to have targeted the town. and syrian activists say around 20 people have been injured in go air strikes on the out skirts of homs. helicopters reportedly dropped three barrel bombs over the town. these are boil drums killed with explosives and metal shap nel. in yemen another city has been seized by houthi rebels. the takeover happened on monday. it is the eighth city the houthis have taken since july when they started to control the province before moving on to the capitol. we have more from the capitol. >> reporter: tens of houthi
fighters were deployed to the city, and they stormed the governor's office. now they are in full control of that city. the importance of the province as a whole is that it connects at least three other provinces under houthi control. the importance of this incident is also clear that this is a clear indication of the houthis, their will to expand to gain more control over more territory. they have signed a peace deal called the peace and partnership agreement last september. that agreement calls on the houthis to end their presence in different parts of the country, and also to disarm. well clearly that hasn't happened, and the houthis are moving on to control more territory. in another development on monday, the houthis sustained some casualties at least two of their fighters were killed when a roadside bomb hit one of their
vehicles. in other developments yemen's interior ministry says the coast guard has found the bodies of 24 african migrants who drowned at sea. the boat capsized off of the country's west coast. tens of thousands of migrants make the journey every year. journalists and campaigners around the world have been protesting in solidarity with three al jazeera journalists who have been jailed in egypt for more than one year peter greste mohammed fahmy, and baher mohamed are being held behind bars in cairo. they are falsely accused of aiding the out lawed muslim brotherhood, and damaging egypt's reputation abroad. still to come when witness testimony leads to wrongful convictions, find out how u.s. authorities are trying to make identification more reliable. a former korean airlines executive faces more scrutiny
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♪ welcome back. you are watching the al jazeera news hour. let's take you through our top stories. indonesia's president has instructed searchers in to retrieving passengers and crews from the crash site of the air asian plane. alexei navalny lashed out at the russian president after he was given a suspended sentence for fraud. and gunfire was heard in the presidential palace in gambia. a new report says there has been a dramatic rise in the number of police officers shot dead in the united states. according to the national law enforcement officers memorial
fund 50 officers were killed in shootings in the u.s. compared to 22 in 2013. tom we're talking about a 56% jump in the number of police shootings in the u.s. this year. what is behind this rise? >> well just to put it in perspective that number is the same as it was in 2012 far less than it was in 2011 when 73 officers were killed. and in a very typical case just a couple of days ago, an arizona police officer was shot and killed in response to a domestic violence call. there are other cases where policemen -- in fact there's one case -- more than one case where policemen have killed other policemen. but 15 of the cases reported this year, were described as ambushes, where people were
actively gunning for police officers. in fact in los angeles, just yesterday, that was a report that police officermen were shot at and there were no injuries but they fired back and they are looking for the suspects. 15 were ambushes, one was a man who was a white survivalist, who kills pennsylvania police officers, and was the subject of a manhunt for more than a month in the woods. so the circumstances do vary and these are snapshots and a lot of different reasons can be attributed to these cases. >> and there has also been new information about the number of prisoners falsely convicted on violent crimes and then exonerated because of dna evidence what more can you tell us about that? >> yes, the innocents project which advocates for dna evidence in these cases, just announced that the 325th person had been
exonerated of a violent crime after having been convicted due to -- as a result of dna evidence. and there are now efforts being made to minimize those kinds of wrongful convictions. dennis maher is a happily married father of two. but the 19 years he spent in prison for rapes he did not commit are never far from his mind. for is the realization that the victims were so mistaken. >> i was trying to reason why it happened? how could they misidentify me? the first one said i didn't have a mustache, the second one i did. but they still went on with the case. >> reporter: maher is among 321 convicted men in the u.s. who have been exonerated thanks to dna evidence.
a report says that witness memories are quote forgotten, re reconstruct reconstructed, updated, and misrepresented. jennifer thompson was sure the man she sent to prison for her rape did the crime. only to learn too late that dna showed it was committed by someone else. >> i can remember thinking to myself if that's wrong, if bobby poole raped me and not ronald cotton, then maybe everything i thought was true is not true. >> reporter: police forces have recognized the fallibility of witness identification and begun to adopt changes to deal with it. the police chief in massachusetts trains his officers in how to avoid influencing witnesses, even unconsciously. >> i'm going to leave the room and the officer is going to show you the photographs. >> reporter: the policeman who
tells the witness to pick out a face doesn't himself know what the suspect looks like. >> it allows us to testify we couldn't have said or done anything because the officer shows the photographs had no idea which one of the photos was the suspect. >> reporter: the national academy of signses also recommends that witnesses be immediately asked how confident they are in their choice. >> it's important that we take it at the point of identification and not wait. because the further we wait the greater the chance for influence. >> reporter: as more states adopt these safeguards the better the odds of preventing injustices like the one dennis maher lived through. the main suspect in the 2008 mumbai attacks has appeared in court in islamabad. he was rearrested after a court suspended his detention on monday. he was being held for alleged i
will planning and carrying out the attacks, but the court cited a lack of evidence. flash floods and landslides in the philippines have left at least 29 dead and ten others missing. the storm dumped heavy rains on the southern island on monday destroying bridges and highways. thousands of residents were forced to seek shelter at evacuation centers. meanwhile in malaysia more than 200,000 have been displayed by flooding there. five of the states have been inundated after unusually strong rains. it is the worst floods in three decades in malaysia, and the heavy rain is expected to continue until the weekend. in china, google mail has been blocked. internet users believe the government is behind it. china's foreign minister denies the allegations. but thousands of users are unable to access their email.
>> reporter: this woman has been trying to access our google account but hasn't been able to do so in many days. internet users have reported disruptions since june but people were able to access their gmail by alternative internet protocols, but all of the alternatives are no longer accessible. some businesses that use gmail as their corporate email are also facing problems. >> translator: i don't have the knowledge about what you just mentioned. please check with the internet information office. but what i can tell you is that china consistently welcomes and supports foreign investors in legally conducting business in china. >> reporter: we contacted the office and officials there refused to comment, but an edder to in the state-run newspaper blamed google for not obeying china's laws. it says:
china wants foreign firms to do business through local partners and to keep data on chinese soil. and companies like google refuse such terms. google continues to say no to what it calls cent forship, and china continues to crackdown. that conflict is hurting chinese users, that is more than 600 million people. many people are resorting to virtual private networks a software that allows users to bypass restrictions. >> translator: of course it is very inconvenient. the only solution is to use vpn to check your emails. what can you do? >> translator: because it always has some problems logging on to gmail. it is not as stable as chinese email account. >> reporter: a strictly controlled internet is what the chinese government considers crucial to maintain power, and many other governments, including france spain, south
korea, iran russia united states also apply some sort of regulations or internet monitoring. they may not be as stringent at china, but internet freedom across the globe continues to face major challenges. net service providers in thailand have been given new censorship powers. they can now block websites considered to be a threat to national security or against the monarchy. the new laws also apply to social media sites. an arrest warrant has been issued for a former korean air executive who resigned after an argument over a bag of nuts. she faces charges of violating aviation safety regulations. >> reporter: it is becoming a familiar if unwelcome or deal. another round of public reckoning, who her blistering reaction to a bag of nuts
wrongly served in a first class cabin. she ordered the plane return to new york and had the man thrown off. the extraordinary level of interest in this case stems not just from the fact that it all started with an argument over a bag of nuts but also because what all of this says over hierarchy and inequality in this society. she is a third generation member of one of south korea's ultra powerful corporate giant families. >> this is just one incident that actually grabs some of the public's attention, but i hear almost every month, a similar instance that happens within the corporation that does not actually end up in this kind of big insid accident.
>> reporter: it also highlights the continuing problem of cozy relations between big businesses and regulations. on monday the transport ministry admitted some of its officials tried to tried to hamper the initial investigation. any favoritism has now well and truly evaporated. she awaits trial for a trial that could hand her a prison sentence. politicians in haiti have reach tentative agreement. a deal between the president and the heads of the country's two houses of parliament seeks to establish an con -- consensus government. peru's government has proposed a new law it says will reduce youth unemployment. but thousands of young people have turned out to protest against it. natasha ghoneim, explained.
>> reporter: young peruvians who feel they have been left behind in a tough economy are ensuring their frustration is still heard. carrying signs saying they won't be slaves and sometimes clashing with police thousands have been protesting for more than a week. they are angry about a new labor law they say exploits peru's struggling youth. >> translator: the fundamental rights of young people are being assaulted. >> reporter: the new youth labor law is designed to get more young people on the payrolls but protesters say they will still lose money. to encourage hiring businesses can reduce employ benefits such as social security vacation days and bonuses. the president says the law will specially help people between the ages of 18 to 24 with minimal training or experience get jobs. that age group has aun
employment rate four times higher than people 30 to 65 years old. >> translator: we cannot allow the government through their inaction and new measures they have taken to claim it as an effect on us young people as the law with these abusive measures that violate the labor rights of the young. >> reporter: protesters say they want the government to annual the law. the government wants young people to consider that simply getting a foothold in the job market could improve their futures. the actress who became the first winner of consecutive oscars has died at the age 104. it was a feet achieved by only five actors in academy awards history. she settled in london and made
lies the history of a family proud of its century's old traditions. from hand carved doorways to italian marble. this structure is a testament to the success of one man who braved the high seas and traveled east to earn a living. this 75-year-old is now the keeper of his grandfather's legacy. >> translator: this house is for my whole family. years ago we all lived here but to make money my children have left. that's the case for most families in this area. >> reporter: 80% of these properties built in the 17th and 18th centuries are locked up only springing to life for big occasions like weddings. many of these houses lie in a state of ruin because of property disputes and a lack of work here. they built palaces like this one in more than 60 villages but
few retain their old splendor. maintaining a palace costs about $20,000 a year. and that's money that many owners would rather invest elsewhere. when the owners decide to sell the foundation workers come here here -- it's a painstaking task. but reselling them helps to keep the history alive. >> translator: people from all over india as well as foreigners come to me to buy artifacts. but it's hard to manage demand because i never know when supplies matching a buyer's needs are coming. >> reporter: this is the center of this trading community's power. but conservativists hope a new program encouraging locals to document their history will help
restore this region to its full glory. >> i think that is one thing that will help or at least keep them happy and they will protect their houses as they do their tramples. >> reporter: but for those who are still here the past is sacred. and this man says he will stay until his grandchildren are ready to unlock their family history. all right. time now for sport with farah. >> thank you so much. barcelona will be banned from signing any new players in 2015. the corp -- in february 2013 fifa found that barcelona had signed ten players under the age of 18 to its academy, but had not followed strict rules for transferring minors across
international borders. the club says it considers the punishment completely disproportion at it and is looking at its legal options. real madrid will play ac milan in a few minute's time. on monday they and their star players picked up even more accolades, seven to be exact, at the globe soccer awards one of them being team of the year. and ronaldo also won player of the year. he is short listed along masssy for fifa's top prize. >> i just feel happy. it's one more trophy. it's vindication of hard work. i have to say thank you to my teammates, the club real madrid, my president, my coach, because we did a fantastic reason. we win four titles which in my
opinion was very very important, and we are one of the best teams in the world, so to win this award is a great pleasure. and one of the most successful captains in indian cricket is retiring from the game. the news was announced by the board of control for cricket in india came as something of a surprise, because he made no mention of retirement during a media conference following thursday's test draw with australia. he had been under pressure recently. in fact he was one defeat away from equalling the record for most away defeats as india's cam contain. he will now concentrate on helping india prepare for the defense of their world cup trophy. >> translator: he called and said he wants to retire from test cricket. we also feel it's in the
interest of indian cricket that he focuses on helping indian win the world cup. >> under his leadership india became the number 1 team in the test rankings. it was a golden period for indian cricket? which he also lead his team to victory in the world cup. he played 90 tests, captaining 60, and of those winning a record 27 matches. coally will now captain india. it was coally who largely helped india to a draw on tuesday. australia declared on 318-9 on the final day with shawn marsh top scoring on 99. australia took early wickets before coally and rayhand
steadied the innings. and the teams shook hands on a draw. in that was sufficient for australia to clinch the four-test series, 2-0. and the match between south africa and the west indies. craig was given the man of the match award for his innings of 106. a south korean golfer may have to put his career on hold to take up military service for his country. he has been ordered home after having his overseas travel permit request rejected. he is the highest south korean golfer in the world at number 84. and has already qualified for the master's tournament.
in nba, the nets mason plumlee continued his impressive season scoring 22 points, and 10 free throws. brooklyn held on for the win. the kings have now lost 13 of their last 17 games. former san francisco 49ers head coach jim harbaugh is set to become the new head coach at the university of michigan. he guided san francisco to three championships, and came very close to their sixth super bowl title in 2012. harbaugh parted ways with the 49ers on sunday after the team missed the playoffs. there's much more sport on our website. for all of the latest check out aljazeera.com/sport. and there's details on how to get in touch with our team using twitter and facebook. now back to you. >> thank you. most public demonstrations
are banned in iraq but one of bagdad's historical sites has now become a speaker's corner where free speech is flourishing. >> reporter: it's a blunt message to iraqi leaders accused of being corrupt globetrotters. lying politicians robbing our loved ones. one day in aman the text in tehran. the people chanting would like to be protesting in bagdad's square. but the government has banned those demonstrations. protests are allowed only here. the ottoman era military headquarters. after renovating the historic clock tower two years ago, iraqi authorities opened the area to the public. this square goes back to the very beginnings of iraq's
history as a country. it was abandoned for years, but now it has become back to life. here you will find politicians, poets, dreamers, all of them daring to imagine different iraq. here at least for now there's the freedom to say what you want, dress the way you want and do what you want. during the week this man and his friends hold down jobs while trying to finish high school. >> translator: this is the only place for us to breathe. some people come to listen to poetry. some come to read books. but this friday we changed our routine. >> reporter: this friday he has put a cigarette package on a stick in parity of the smartphones used to take selfies. we don't have money for a camera, he says. across the square amateur
poetry is a spectator's sport. gray hair recites this man. we grow older, but we are young. i look in the mirror and i see my shattered image. he tosses to the next poet who has to start a new poem with the last syllable of the previous one. his poem is about love gone wrong. our relationship is like the falling leaves of autumn says this man. the audience approves. the square is all about expressing yourself. and in a troubled country in uncertain times, just having space to breathe. remember for the latest on all of the stories we are covering, do head to our website, aljazeera.com. lots more there for you. i'll be back with another full bulletin of news in a few
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