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this is g.w. news coming to you live from berlin the military has ceased power in the army has declared a state of emergency and is taking control of the country and government officials including defectors civilian leaders are also in sochi have been detained a number of countries are calling on the military to restore democracy immediately also coming up security forces crackdown on protesters in russia tens of thousands had taken to the streets in cities across the country to demand the release of jailed kremlin critic alexina vonnie police arrest more than $5000.00.
just frustrated grows over the slow rollout of vaccinations in germany the government and vaccine makers to try to find a solution to the crisis. hello i'm terry martin good to have you with us the military has carried out a coup d'etat in myanmar they've seized control of the country and detained key government officials including the country's de facto leader. the military accuses the government of failing to act on claims of voter fraud in last november's election they announced emergency emergency measures by the news channel they own in myanmar. in order to perform scrutiny on the voter lists and take actions. you know 40 of the nation's law making it governance and jurisdiction is
handed over to the commander in chief according to the 2008 constitution 419 don't want. to. be an id file there's been widespread international condemnation of the military's takeover in myanmar the new us secretary of state and blinken expressed grave concern over the reports and warned beyond bars military to reverse its actions immediately and un secretary general antonio terrace released a statement strongly condemning the detention of own sense of cheap president who when mint and other political leaders in myanmar he said the developments or a serious blow to democratic reforms in the country thought well from one of its crossover to philip sure well he's a correspondent for the sunday times and joins us from bangkok philip what more can you tell us about this coup. yes well what should have been happening in man march
today was that m.p.'s were shed year old to sit for the 1st time in parliament since the national league for democracy of on sun city won a crushing overwhelming victory in general elections in november the pro-military parties were in those same elections were humiliatingly defeated but since and those parties and the generals have been insisting that there was a letter for the parliament shouldn't sit today and all day were sort of dismissing this one pressing had so we would have had a parliament opening this morning just a few hours before that under the cover of darkness in the early hours the military moved in they staged raids on the houses on the homes of several and all the leaders including suchi and. she has she has been placed under house arrest we understand. she's no stranger to the state of affairs she was a political prisoner under house arrest for 15 years during previous military dictatorships but you know he had just won 2 successive elections and she was
obviously expecting to be leading the country tree again. we're not clear that she's got any contact with outsiders but her facebook page just put out a message urging her supporters not to accept the coup and to take the streets to protest so this is being seen as a real blow to democracy in myanmar by other countries at least the military are pointing to election fraud though as a basis for their actions have they presented any evidence to support their claim. they presented a lot of a lot of numbers and a lot of documents over indicating that there were maybe irregularities on voting lists on your list of people i've spoken to in maine not me in math think that that the that there probably were some some list that didn't so exactly correlate but the point that is being made is that the the energy won this election by such an overwhelming number that really these these these irregularities would be would be minor but the country's election commission has looked into these complaints and
has rejected them military took now rather their parties took their protest to the supreme court on friday and of broad to reach against suchi in the courts as well now now they've overthrown. just briefly how is all this affecting ordinary people in myanmar yeah well the internet and phone lines are very badly disrupted seem to be being blocked the army or on the streets the main city young gong banks of clothes that was long lines at a.t.m.'s this morning prompting fears of a run on the banks. long lines at petrol stations at rush vendors people you know they've lived under military rule before and you know that they're very nervous about that not at the moment as far as we know protesting on the streets you know as i mentioned has called for that so really it's a very tense time and we're going to have to see how things unfold today and in coming days philip thank you very much that was philip sure well though there asia correspondent for the sunday times. phil robertson is
deputy director of the asia division of human rights watch and he joins us now from bangkok mr robertson what do you make of what is happening in myanmar. well frankly this is our worst fear this is a real nightmare i mean what we've seen is a election that with one in a landslide biomes on sochi in the national league for democracy essentially torn up over electoral fraud allegations that have not been proved in some ways are somewhat trumpy and in the sense that they're making all these allegations are claiming that you know a huge number of irregularities took place but then they provide no information or evidence of that it's a real disaster for human rights and democracy in myanmar what impact do you think this is going to have on people's lives in myanmar well people who are very strongly opposed to the return to military rule all along i mean one of the reasons
that aung san suu kyi and the n.o.b. have done so well in these elections is they are seen as a democratic bold war to return to the battle days of military dictatorship which myanmar suffered from for over 50 years so i think that there's going to be a lot of opposition from the burmans people people are not prepared to go back to military rule and i think that there's going to be as strong reaction from the international community to really young mar back into rawest adice on living facing economic sanctions i wanted to ask you about that international pressure we've been hearing from the u.n. secretary general from the new secretary of state the united states most putting pressure on myanmar is generals to reverse this q do you think that's going to make any difference on the ground in the country. i think it will ultimately make a difference over a period of time i mean these things are not going to work overnight but part of
the reason that the myanmar military let go of control back in 2010 was because of the very very heavy impact of economic sanctions against myanmar that it was essential an economy that could no longer really function and i think that if it's faced with that kind of disaster going forward in terms of the the economics of the of the country in the in the relation with the world that ultimately the myanmar military will have to listen to mr robertson thank you very much for talking with us today that was phil robertson of human rights watch in bangkok. well security forces in russia have detained more than $5000.00 people at demonstrations across the country in support of opposition leader alexina vonnie tens of thousands took to the streets of cities around the country to demand volleys released from prison the police put on a massive show of force to try to break up the rallies. they were warned but they
marched anyway anti-government protesters all over russia demanding the release of opposition leader alex saying of all me they defied a ban by the kremlin the response was brutal and a show of force many were arrested some were beaten some hit with 2 select devices . over you in moscow alone thousands marched constantly changing their route in an attempt to evade the police some gathered outside the prison where all accent of ali is being held for many of them the protests are about more than just the opposition leader's arrest protesters also say they are marching against corruption and for more democratic freedoms in russia but also calling in a political battle so used to being told what to do being controlled young people used to organizing themselves that's why i came here today because i wanted to take in what is happening in my country and watch over the ready it's a disgrace. they've stolen everything from us. i live near
oil and gas fields and they're just standing is all that i mean yes i have a 2 year old son and if putin stays in power for the next 16 years as he's planning on 3 then my son will grow up with him and i don't think anything will come of it for years do. moscow was still asleep sunday when protests started in russia's far east in siberia as dawn spread across russia phone of on the rallies spanned across the country's 11 time zones but so did the forceful response by the authorities to. russia's 2nd largest city st petersburg was no exception. some call this russia's most aggressive and fear inducing nationwide operation but others say the government's attempts to overwhelm the protests might actually fuel the flames of the russian opposition and the voices calling for change.
look at some other stories making headlines around the world today thousands of brazilians took to the streets on sunday demanding president chaya bows and arrows resignation and they accuse the government of mismanagement of the country's credit virus vaccination program and many sable sonars lack of leadership has led to an oxygen supply crisis in the amazon capital. at least 12 people including several children have died after 2 boats sank close to a port on colombia's pacific coast officials say they don't yet know what caused the incident none of those who died had been wearing life jackets. after months of silence india's prime minister narendra modi is condemning the country's long running protests against agricultural reforms farmers have been demonstrating for more than 3 months events took a deadly turn last tuesday thousands of farmers descended on the capital new delhi
and clashed with police one person died and hundreds were injured. and the european union says drug maker astra zeneca has agreed to make up part of the vaccine shortfall it announced earlier this month the drug maker will now deliver $40000000.00 doses in the 1st quarter $9000000.00 more than last week's offer the firm is cutting supplies to the e.u. due to production problems. for well german media reporting that the pharmaceutical company biotech could deliver an additional $75000000.00 back seen doses to europe in the 2nd quarter of the year the news comes as the e.u. tries to increase the supply of vaccine available to its citizens after producer seneca's said it was unable to deliver the number of doses originally promised meanwhile the german government is holding talks with vaccine producer today to try to speed up the vaccination drive here 30 in berlin the 6 a b. since it is being used as
a massive vaccination clinic taxies delivers seniors to receive the shots it. looks like everything's going smoothly but appearances can be deceptive jim and city say the country's rollout has been plagued by logistical problems. we need to know when the vaccines are arriving and then what quantities said that we can schedule appointments it would reduce the public frustration as he gets off his tall top. 3 vaccines now approved in germany but they all in short supply jim and politicians now want to work closely with the pharma companies to overcome the shortfall. but it's not enough to tell companies to sky lab we have to come up with an emergency plan be prepared to pay compensation for redirected manufacturing capacity we have to do moment to all. the plant could involve the state ordering pharma companies to produce vaccines even vaccines developed by that compared to or in other words state intervention in the manufacturing process the green support
that idea they say companies haven't done enough to speed up manufacturing to me for. companies really doing enough to scale up operations that would mean increasing manufacture of ng gradients training laboratory capacity and then vaccine production we have to take a close look at all of that in the state have to get involved with things out working out including by forcing them to license their products to of the. left parties also in favor of piling political pressure on vaccine produces. using god and up under me news pandemic is proving that the idea of the invisible hand of the market solving everything doesn't run but that doesn't mean the government should do it for them companies must be forced to act sound health minister can make them jim and lauren palin seem to do so. much is at stake at the german government vaccination summit as people white impatiently for their jobs. let's get more now
from our chief political correspondent linda crane well in that job and political leaders are meeting today under massive pressure to accelerate vaccine rollout what to expect. we can expect 1st of all a lot of talking and perhaps not a little bit of argument in fact we're seeing the health minister trying to do a lot of expectation management in the run up to this meeting saying that he doesn't expect any concrete agreement on particular measures but powerful politicians both some of the leaders of the federal states and and others are calling for concrete concrete plans for a road map that will show exactly how the government plans to get to its go all of offering every german who wants one of the back scene by the end of the summer so
there will be pressure to have some form of measures put out there at the end of this meeting what's also important to note terry is that we are going into election season here and a lot of these calls for a roadmap are coming from s p d politicians that suggest a coalition partner in the current government and it's looking to differentiate itself of course from the leading coalition partner and conservatives in the report a mill into that we just read a moment ago we heard leading politicians calling on the government to order other order private companies to assist in producing vaccines those politicians making those calls from opposition parties how realistic is that. not only from opposition parties and that also makes that interesting in this election campaign context because in fact we saw the powerful minister president of the area who is
a member of the chancellor's conservative sister party at c.s.u. he called for such measures and so did the head of germany's green party drug manufacturers are represented at this vaccine summit today and certainly there will be discussion about the feasibility of such measures but policymakers are by no means agreed that drastic action to compel production needs to be taken at this time i think what we're likely to see is germany's typical sort of round table approach where they agree to talk about options on this scale but here too the health minister is saying look even if we did that we would not be able to ramp up production within let's say 4 weeks meanwhile we're hearing from different bikes and producers that things are looking a little bit better we heard astra zeneca saying it's going to make up some of the shortfall it announced a no it got encouraging news from biotech this morning tell us more about the. well
1st of all to astra zeneca even these additional tests that have now been announced would only bring the total from astra zeneca up to $40000000.00 of the $18000000.00 that had been promised in the 1st quarter we also are hearing from biotech pfizer that they are going to deliver a considerable number of new doses they've been working on a new plant here in germany which will open soon and they say that over the course of this year it will produce as many as 750000000 doses so basically all of that bearing out what health minister young chime has been saying namely that once we get into the 2nd quarter of the year and beyond that the situation will ease considerably but as he and the chancellor often pointed out the weeks until then are going to be tough melinda thank you very much as always our chief political correspondent melinda cray. well along with the
frustration of the slow pace of vaccination in many e.u. countries some people are also angry about government measures to try to slow the spread of the virus the netherlands has witnessed scenes of rioting and violence in recent weeks the vast majority of people there support the government's efforts to protect population but as. the reports a small minority are determined to break the rules for. don't mistake this for a festival this is a protest each of the participants showed up with their very own message there is no violence you cannot stop the spread of the iris it's impossible so i find that the measures that government takes a disproportionate so it's not a matter of that we deny coronado but we think there's a different way and. it's going too far at the moment the one thing that unites them is their discontent with how the dutch government is handling coronavirus for
the 3rd time now this an authorized event has drawn different groups of people to the museum plain square in amsterdam police presence is high this afternoon and with reason. a week ago cities across the netherlands were overrun by protesters rioters attacked police said vehicles on fire and broke into shops 3 nights in a row and 9 o'clock curfew that was put in place by the government on january 23rd is believed to have triggered the protests the rioting and the looting here in the netherlands has stopped for now but boarded up shops like these service a constant reminder that the threat isn't over yet violent episodes like these shouldn't necessarily come as a surprise sociologist jacqueline french declan book tells us we have to like a little bit a little bit and then this closed and then that close and then sports force not all out anymore and so on and but that was never never a full package it might well be that eventually. people got
extremely fucked up with it by the by the curfew being on top of it and you know in the netherlands freedom is a big thing. this man is worried about his freedoms as well. as one of the initiators of the protests that museum plane but because of last week's violence he's not participating today to underline his peaceful intentions he asked to meet us at the national monument for the victims of world war 2 the rules are too heavy for the problem ok there is a problem i say there is a corona fibrous is there and it is a problem but the rules are to have it 14000 deaths people means 0.08 percent and if you see the problems we're having in the whole country. shops are dying it's terrible for everybody. and the supporters want to see
restrictions rolled back and they're good to government leave office following the elections in march. but with a majority of dutch people still in favor of both the government and its pandemic strategy this seems very unlikely to me why. across town hall riot police have cleared the square for this protest might be over but the next one will follow soon . here's some further developments in the pandemic worldwide around 2000000 people in australia have entered a strict law down after discovering of one corona virus case in perth a security guard at a quarantine hotel tested positive new further cases have been reported pakistan has received its 1st batch of vaccine doses the health ministry says half a 1000000 doses of the chinese sign of farm shot have arrived in the country pakistan is starting its vaccination drive this week and health workers will be the 1st to be vaccinated and china has recorded its lowest daily increase in new code
19 cases in more than 3 weeks the number of new infections was half that of the previous 24 hour period. well britain has started accepting applications from hong kong hours for the for a visa offering a fast track to citizenship the move was introduced in response to china's controversial national security law and inch suing crackdown on freedoms hong kong has with british national overseas status and their close family members are eligible for the visa which will allow them to apply for settlement after 5 years and u.k. citizenship a year after that. wife and his 2 young children have never set foot in england now that the high and their loved ones back in hong kong to start a new life here in the u.k. . apparently their support. if.
that means i have to leave my mother but i have no choice i have no choice because of my children i have to raise them i have to. load the truth they do have the right to live by the. long says he's long been concerned about democratic freedoms in hong kong but it was beijing's decision last year to impose a sweeping national security law which proved the final straw. but we don't have freedom to speak we are just asking for something we already we should have we we are having before we start to think there is no future in hong kong hundreds of thousands of hong kong as are expected to follow you and his family of the next few years a leap of faith made possible by new u.k. visa scheme it's open to those born before the british handover of hong kong to china in 1997 as well as their dependence you know fist some 5000000 hong kong as a pathway to citizenship so long it's
a lifeline but the true test is still to come activists say there isn't enough infrastructure in place to support the arrivals and questions remain if the integration officials admit this is a work in progress clearly there are going to be some challenges there's a lot of work going on to make sure all of the essential things are in place around housing around how to settle and integrate and you know if children get children in schools that some things are everything you would expect in terms of and now you bring people to settle china has slammed these are all for accusing the british government of meddling in internal affairs while others in the u.k. say the scheme doesn't go far enough i certainly welcome the government in providing a safe life by too many hong kong us but i do feel that they so want a letter to like me are bit left out of to ski. douglas is active in the pro-democracy movement he fled hong kong after the security law was introduced like
many activists he was born after $997.00 and isn't eligible for the visa without his parents here alone his savings are running out and now so too this is tourist visa he'll soon have to leave the u.k. but with kofi travel restrictions in place around the world he and others like him a finding that doors of firmly closed. as we always say during the protest we say the motto no matter where you go up or down we go together i had those who are eligible for being i what think about those who aren't and bear in mind that there are those who are still struggling to find a safe place to settle me the douglas nor long know when they'll go back to hong kong. loans hopeful that his children's futures and now secure but for douglas even the next few weeks are unclear. you're watching d.w.
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