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a return to the streets in malaysia for a second day, protesters commanding the prime minister resign hello, here in doha, also coming up on the programme - where dreams become nightmares. we are inside a migrant detention center in italy that is more like a prison. also. targetting japan's military law, tens of thousands gather outside parliament to voice their disprrl of proposed -- disapproval of proposed exchanges and in mexico for
international day of the disappeared. relatives of the missing accuse authorities of collusion. thousands of malaysians continue a second day of peaceful protests in kuala lumpur. this was the scene nir independence square a short time ag. protesters hope the sit in will be enough to force the prime minister from office, accusing him of corruption and mismanaging the economy. we have more from kuala lumpur. >> reporter: tired and hungry, this couple prepare for another day of protests. they travelled almost seven hours to be here. sleeping on the concrete pavement overnight to show support for a massive anticorruption rally in kuala lumpur. >> we want a state whereby everybody has equal share of the
opportunity and country, and everybody treats everybody equally. that is what we wanted. >> concerned about a police crackdown, they have carried masks to fend off tear gas. thousands of demonstrators have taken over the center of malaysia's capital, calling for the resignation of prime minister and a more transparent bureaucracy. there are people from all walks of life here. some are professional. many are students. but there is one thing they have in common. they are fed up with the government that they believe is chronically corrupt. >> he is alleged to have taken almost $700 million from the state investment fund, and denies wrongdoing, but many believe it's time for him to go. >> we are actually calling on the parliamentarians to do their bit, if they see that there's
something wrong about what he is doing, then they should pass a vote of no confidence. >> the prime minister remains defiant. refusing to step down. authorities have labelled this rally illegal. and have blocked websites related to it. >> it would be wise for the current government not to ignore the talk or sentiment, but really to take heed of them and not shut them out. not drown the voices. >> analysts believe the movement is unlikely to topple the government or force the prime minister's resignation. protesters vowed to carry on the campaign. abdul is the communications director of malaysia's ruling party and he says the protests do not indicate that the prime minister has lost support.
>> let's put it in perspective. all the political parties in malaysia are having perhaps themselves. by having one or two leaders within the party, criticizing the pm does not in any way indicate that loss of support. the prime minister is not secluded in kuala lumpur, he has been going all over the country. he has never had problems, and everywhere he goes he gets a wonderful welcome all over the country. there's nothing new in what they are asking the government to do. the government has been responding positively over the years. this is the prime minister that has abolished the internal security act. this is the prime minister what gave them ample time and space to criticize the government.
this is the prime minister that has allowed true enact. to protest against the government a call for the way refugees in european countries be looked at so officials can identify those in need. many people to not want to be processed. these scenes are from a refugee camp in hungary. people have been trying to escape. they don't want to be fingerprinted, if they are, anyway european country can send them back to hungary. most don't want to stay in hungary. many are aiming to reach germany. >> refugees continue to stream. >> southern macedonia.
they wait for a government commissioned train to take them to the border with serbia a large number of refugees and migrants come into europe by sea, crossing the mediterranean, from libya. as we have reported, the reception received is not what is expected. >> a cry for help from a refugee center that looks more like a prison. these are some of the 64 nigerian women rescued in july from the mediterranean sea. like thousands before and after them. they were hoping for a better life in europe. but their rescuers became their gaolers. they are held in an expulsion center, a one-stop shop before the rotation. >>:
>> reporter: this is not officially a prison, but it certainly looks like one. refugees are locked behind bars and the freedom of movement is limited. we have been told we cannot film inside the rooms, but the girls told me their room is overcrowded and sleep on hospital bed. it's over heated. there's too many mosquitos. there's a flood, and the stench keeps them awake at night. human rights organizations are helping the women apply for
asylum. if they are freed, they could go from prison to slavery. >> we are trying to ascertain whether they've been trafficked. for purposes of sexual exploitation. in our experience, most nigerian women are trafficked to be forced into prostitution. our concern is in the absence of proper protection they'll be victimized. in italy in the same networks, that traffic the them to be -- trafficked them to begin with, or in nigeria, for the same reasons that forced them to leave the country. >> the outcome of their asylum status will be known in a couple of weeks. in the meantime the women will wait anxiously and impatiently for a better fusht they risk their lives for. rebels in the army in south sudan accuse each other of
violating a ceasefire hours after it came into effect. rebels say their positions were bombarded along the white nile river. the government told al jazeera that rebels attacked their bases. several ceasefires have been shattered within hours. egypt summoned britain's ambassador over criticism over the trial of the three al jazeera journalists. peter greste called for the egyptian president to endo injustice and pardon him and his two colleagues. he held a press conference hours after being convicted of terror charges for helped banded muslim brotherhood. peter greste, mohamed fadel fahmy and mohammed badr were sentenced to three years in prison. they and al jazeera deny the accusations, describing them as politically motivated.
>> there was never any evidence that the proseuctor presented in the first or second trial to confirm the allegations against us. in fact, i'd like to publicly challenge the prosecutor to present evidence of anything that we produced that was falsified tens of thousands in japan took to the streets of tokyo to protest security rules debated in parliament, allowing their troops to fight overseas since go. we have this report. >> reporter: under its constitution japan is barred from using force it resolve conflict except to defend itself. these protesters outside the japanese parliament want it to stay that way. >> translation: 70 years ago so many lost their loved ones and went through hardships.
they want to leave the lessons for the future. the constitution is being violated. that is why we are protesting. >> reporter: demonstrations have been taking place across the country, led by students and other young people who want to protect the passivist constitution. this person has been on hunger strike for 70 hours. >> i want japan to insist on peace and be a nation promoting peace and setting an example. >> this 79-year-old survived u.s. air raids on japan, and said the experience compelled him to join the protesters. >> i came because i must convey the horrors of the war. this legislation will lead us to war again. >> reporter: the changes to the constitution would allow troops to be sent overseas to defend allies understand attack. the prime minister says the exchanges are necessary to
protect japan. opinion polls show a majority of voters are opposed to the legislation. it's been passed by the lower house, expected to be endorsed by the upper chamber despite attempts to stop it stay with us on al jazeera. still to come... [ ♪ ] ..memorial services held across new orleans to mark the 10th anniversary of hurricane katrina four months after a devastating earthquake nepal colourfully on its victims in its annual festival of the dead. ead.
hello, you are watching al jazeera, a reminder of the top stories. thousands return to the streets of the kuala lumpur calling on the prime minister to quit. anger has been growing over a payment to a bank account from foreign donors rebels and the army in south sudan accuse each other of violating a ceasefire hours after it came into effect. the fighting has been centered with both sides saying their positions have been attacked germany, france and britain call for european countries to improve the way they protest refugees and migrants. many do not want to be processed. people escape a camp in hungry, because they don't want to be fingerprinted the refugee crisis is the
worst europe has seen since world war ii. the united nations says more than 300,000 people crossed the mediterranean trying to get to the e.u. many have made it to greece, but with a number of arrivals growing, the government is struggling to cope. john psaropoulos has the report. these afghan children are chaving a little of their childhood restored to them. the hellenic red cross set up a camp for games. here, too, they have food for 24 hour medical care. much has been taken from them. in years of war, poverty and exile. this person was born in exile. his family feared for their lives. >> translation: we are shi'a. in afghanistan there was some people, like the taliban, they kill the hazari people . that was why we migrated to iran.
i'm going to go to a place that accept us, accept us just like a person, like a human. >> reporter: more than 170,000 refugees poured into greece. most fleeing war, all looking for a better life in europe. this facility was an improvement on the tent city. that sprung up in athens largest urban park. local residents feared a threat to public health and safety. 500 afghans in camp were gone. initially to the municipal facility, but out of greece and northward into the balkans. the facility attempts to strike a balance between the free for all that existed and the policy of detention centres built by the previous conservative government. >> reporter: under that policy, undocumented migrants were detained indefinitely until agreeing to be deported. that the left them exposed. >> in march, the left wing government shutdown the camp from athens, and released its inmates.
the closure was controversial. five others remained. it is the same across europe, a struggle to combine law and order with humanity. in greece the arrivals came. the government chartered the vessel to bring them from the eastern islands, to turkey. the syrians, afghans and iraqis felt euphoria as they took their first steps on continental europe, sending pictures home. >> translation: my family lost more than 10 men, women or children because of the bashar al-assad or islamic state. there's nothing to eat. if you find food, it's for the rich. >> the sudden freedom is overwhelming. some not sure where to go. some get on buses. others head to the athens metro. on their long journey, this is a respite from which she seek little comfort and humanity in the u.s. a presidential
hopeful says he'd track foreign visitors like parcels, if voted into office. north americasy governor chris christie launched his campaign for president in june. during a campaign event in new hampshire, he said he'd fire the founder of fed ex to device a tracking system. >> at any moment. fed ex could tell you where the package is. it's on the truck, it's at the station. on the airplane, back in another station, back on the truck, apt our doorstep. she signs for it. yet we let people come to the country with visas. the minute they come in, we lose track of them. we need to have a system that we need to have a system that tracks you from the moment you come in, and when your time is up, whether it's 3 months, six months, nine months or 12 months, howver long your visa is, we get you, tap you on the shoulder and say excuse me, thanks for coming. time to go
new orleans has been marking 10 years since hurricane katrina made land fall. it killed 1800, leaving much of the city under water. there has been memorial services to remember the dead, and commemorations on the city's recovery. andy gallagher reports. >> reporter: at memorial services they gathered to remember those lost to the storm i want the let the people no that the world has not forgotten us, and are here to remember us. this week we want to commemorate the lives lost.
we want to say thank you to the world that came to our aid in our darkest hour. >> in other parts of the city residents danced and marched. a celebration of death and rebirth. after the levies failed a $14 billion system of flood walls and pumps provides protection from storms. in the lower ninth storm, a worst-hit neighbourhood, it was a celebrations. half returned to their homes. those that are here are determined to restore the community. >> reporter: if there's one thing to take away from the struggle of the past 10 years, it's this. resilience. you can't kill the spirit of the city. despite the changes it faces. poverty is a big issue. the city made a recovery, and residents remained optimistic about the future. >> once you full down, you learn
from your mistakes, and just like before. you come back bigger and better. >> what happened 10 years ago has never been forgotten. there's a determination to make things better, no matter how long it takes sunday marks international day of the disappeared. it draws attention to people who have been imprisoned without their loved ones knowledge. rights group amnesty international is campaigning on at least 500 known cases of enforced disappearances around the world. governments in every region from syria to mexico, sri lanka and gambia may be held in hundreds and thousands of the detention. enforced imprisonment is used to spread fear amongst communities. it's a crime understand international law. the international disappearance convention was signed in 2010.
94 states have signed up, 44 have ratified that treaty mexico admitted that 26,000 people have disappeared there between 2006 and 2013. many of them were caught in the crossfire of the struggle between the government and the drug cartels. john holman reports. >> reporter: 11 days ago this person rushed out the house to see her brother-in-law bundled into a state police car with the licence plate blacked out. >> translation: the government is meant to protect us, they do this instead. how is it possible they could kidnap an innocent person? >> reporter: this person loved to sketch and gave her these stars, and now he's more than
5,000 abducted, more than anywhere else. not just the cartels, but the armed forces snatch people. >> maybe the kidnappings have gone down as they have been fought. police and armed forces like the army and navy filled the gap for kidnapping more people they try to infiltrate the groups. this person has taken on the case in the only human rights center working in the state. even his small office was surrounded by marines last year. with activists silent. and local media silent, government forces in the cartel's fight in a state that is a transit point for drug smugglers. and a route for migrants heading through to the u.s. border. >> the honduras found refuge in the shelter, after being abducted and stripped. he was let go, more have not been so lucky. >> just leaving here makes me
scared. i could be kidnapped gain. every weekend the gangs hang around waiting to see if they come out. >> many vanish on the roads, bodies never found. >> this is one of the first protests outside a government office. mexican authorities never showed much interest in searching for the 26,000 disappeared. civil organizations estimate that 99% of cases are unresolved. >> they are just getting used to what thousands had to face up to. searching for her missing relative, without official help. venezuela sent more troops to columbia. they are looked in a diplomatic row after a venezuela antismuggling patrol was attacked last week. the president blamed the attack
on paramilitary groups within columbia peace is returning to some communities in northern nigeria after thousands were forced out by cattle thieves. we have this report on how they are rebuilding their lives. >> reporter: for the first time in three years, this man worked on his farm. like many villages around the north-west. he is returning home after being forced out by thieves. >> for them, killing the land was impossible, until a few months ago. >> we suffered and lost lives and property. we fled several times, and they said not to run. you can't run forever. we are afraid. where else can we go. >> hundreds were killed. across the region, families have been pushed into poverty as thousands of cattle were stolen. communities are just starting to
rebuild. >> this is common now. people are coming back. for most, it is a tough decision to return. we are trying to get back on our feet. it is not easy. >> few are trying to raise cattle again. >> the young take advantage of situation to have fun. the communities are less than 2 kilometres from a reasonably regionally secured post. half the population is back after self-imposed exile. for many years, cattle are
rustlers and bandits terrorized the villages, forcing the villages to leave. peace has returned. like in many liberated areas. animals stolen from here are taken hundreds of kilometres away to be sold. what many don't understand is how the animals are sold without anyone getting caught. the government assures those that returned, they are serious. >> this is where they have been educated. police force will be there. so the police can control and see the security of the life and community there. that came too late for some. this village was raided by robbers two years ago. the residents are not looking forward to coming back to the ruins thousands of families in nepal are taking part in an annual festival to remember their loved ones who died over the past year. with over 9,000 killed by april's powerful earthquake, it is poinients for many. -- poinient for many. we go to kathmandu valley. >> it's a festival dealing with the finality of death. family members that lost their loved one, hang out on this
festival and parade around the city. the festival is importance. the significance is high because of april's earthquakes. there's a number of people, 9,000 that died around the country. people of giving a gift to all the people who were in mourning. in hindus, it's special performances. the dead are supposed to hold the tail of the cow and face across to heaven. the story goes back to the 17th century when it last are its infant son. he requested all the people who have lost family members to come out and parade. the festival gave a freedom of satire, people dressing in funny