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flex this is "bbc world news america." reporting from washington, i'm katty kay. -- i'm katty kay. protesters in ferguson, missouri storm city hall angry at the lack of indictment. bearing witness to the darkest time in history, a new exhibition in geneva examines man in heat -- man's inhumanity to man. ♪ welcome to our viewers on public television here in america and elsewhere around the globe. police lockdown city hall in st.
louis, missouri after protesters stormed the building this afternoon. demonstrations have spread to a dozen u.s. cities in the response to the decision not to charge of what policeman who killed a black teenager in missouri. -- a white policeman who killed a black teenager in missouri. report contains some flash photography. >> back up right now. >> there were clashes in ferguson last night. not what you would call column. calm. after a police car was attacked as protesters try to storm city hall. >> and reinforcements have just arrived at city hall. the police car that had been set
on fire, that has now been put out. but you can see the reinforcements that were coming are now arriving. we are being told to step back. loudspeaker] it out of the street. step back. >> the national guardsmen were doing what they could to try to lower the temperature. the mistrust between police and community runs deep. look at the faces of the officers on duty. everyone we filmed and saw was white. in a predominately black area. whoseile, the policeman -- who shot michael brown has open publicly for the first time. >> he was about eight to 10 feet and he starts to lean forward like he's going to tackle me. i look down the barrel of my gun and i fired and that is where it went. >> you are -- you have a very clean conscience first of >> the reason i have a clean conscience my jobuse i know i did
right. >> and this response from michael brown's family. >> how could your conscience be after killing somebody even if it's an accidental death? collects and those who discuss their community. >> we choose to live here because of diversity. one incident does not mean the breakup of the whole city. that is not the case. this is a problem that is wider than ferguson. racial issue is being forced on our little city. >> but it has become nationwide and from texas to new york dozens of places in between, the demonstrations fanned out across america last night. that african americans are more likely to be unemployed, arrested by police, and the baracke,
obama election of six years ago was a meant -- was meant to -- to assure in a new society. but that still seems a distant dream. click's a short time ago i spoke with the treasurer of st. louis. it looks like the protest last night were less bad, and today is a little bit kolmar in your area. do you think this is the end of the tension in the ferguson area? >> absolutely not. i think the snow will probably slow people down a little bit and they will regroup. but i honestly believe the protesters will continue after the weather has died down a little bit. >> were you surprised by the reaction to the grand jury's decision not to prosecute officer wilson? >> i was not surprised, as a i had legislator and
people close to the investigation who told me all along there was not enough evidence to indict. however, i did pray for a glimmer of hope that there was a possibility that there would be. but i was not surprised by the decision. >> you think the grand jury got it wrong. >> if they are acting under what , and i did have a chance to look it up, section 550 three of missouri revised statutes allows an officer to use excessive force when trying to arrest. don't think the grand jury got it wrong. i do have some problems with the process, as does everyone else. are the these circumstances and the hand that we have been dealt, so we have to deal with this. >> you represent the people of st. louis, missouri for several years now. when michael brown was killed last august and the people of ferguson poured onto the streets in anger and protest, did you
feel it was as much about michael brown, or about years of african-americans in your community feeling mistreated? >> i think it was definitely the latter. this is a pop that has been simmering for a long time and we haven't dealt with race relations very well in this area. and unfortunately it took the tragic death of michael brown -- that pot to liberally literally boil over. >> you have a seven-year-old son yourself. would you worry about him walking on the street and what reaction of the police might be to him just because he is black? >> absolutely, and i don't look forward to having a conversation with him about what to do when police stop you after he gets his driver's license, or as he is walking down the street. we live in the city and that does not preclude him from being stopped as much as it would if we lived in the county.
just the other day he said to me, mommy, i want to be a surgeon when i grow up. well, i hope he gets to grow up. michael brown's life ended at 18 years old just before he went to school. he was taken from this earth right before he got to realize his life as an adult. definitely, i worry. >> thankou so much -- you so much for joining us. the best of luck to your community. >> thank you for having me. >> one mother's concerns for her son in one city. now i'm joined by our correspondent in st. louis. for joining us for step it seems relatively calm and citye protests hall had to be shut down at one point. can you tell us more about that? >> around 200 protesters marched on city hall in st. louis. they had staged a mock trial for darren wilson. of course, the police -- of course, that is the police
officer who shot michael brown dead. we are hearing that a number of the protesters managed to get inside the building past security somehow and they entered the building and they shouted "shame, shame!" and at that point, the police arrived and arrested at least two people and place the building under lockdown as well. to respond, they sent more than 100 additional police into the area with shields and some carrying sticks. you think they were right to deploy more national guardsmen last night? it made -- do you think that is what made for a quieter night in the area? >> that is an interesting question. when i was down there, i saw the presence of the national guard and many protesters i spoke to outside the police station, for example, last night, said that they felt it antagonized them and that they just wanted to
protest peacefully and they felt that the police were really on their backs, trying to get them to move on to step for example, after some things were thrown into the crowd, the police told everyone to move away from the area, older than -- ordering them to disperse or face arrest. additional presence allow them to disperse the crowd a lot quicker. they say this is antagonizing and an example of militarization -- militarization of policing in america. the weather is not great and it is thanksgiving tomorrow. what is your expectation for tonight? >> the snow will keep a lot of people at home. it has been snowing fairly heavily. the temperatures will be very cold. that will determine some people, i'm sure. the other thing is when we talk about monday night and the jury,ons of the grand
there was a lot of expectation. many protesters were assembled ready for that decision. the protest that happened afterwards was very spontaneous and there was lots of anger that followed that decision. what we sought when you for hours later when i was down at the protest yesterday was, yes, they were people out there, but far fewer than the night before, and it was less tense than it was before as well. the fact that it is a national holiday, thanksgiving holiday, and people are likely to be much less -- and the number when it comes to the protest this evening. and the weather is supposed to pick up over the weekend, so who knows if the protest will pick up as well. from aroundr news the world, scuffles broke out in hong kong as police cleared the protesters in one district. -- democracyotests
protesters were arrested, and student leaders were among them. seven students had been under investigation -- seven policemen have been under investigation for appearing in a video apparently beating protesters. general breedlove warns that russia militarization of the annexed crimea peninsula could be used to exert control over the horrible axes. russia says 14 of its jets are now in crimea as part of a squadron of 30. two brothers have now become the first britons to be jailed in syria. and were jailed for 4.5 three years respectively. they were intercepted on their return to england in september. they had brought back bullets and pictures of their training in syria as trophy.
more than 500 girls in northern iraq are being held as slaves by islamic state. many are being treated as wives and others are repeatedly raped. very few have managed to escape and their stories are harrowing. there has been very little attention to this story. changean is trying to that by mounting a campaign for their release. she spoke to me earlier and i survey by asking her what exactly had happened to these women and girls. by asking her what exactly had happened to these women and girls. >> the girls are being sold to arab men as six slaves. also, these girls have been forced to convert to islam and have had to mary isis men or be raped and sold as sec slaves. >> -- as sexist slaves. -- you yourself have not met them, but i understand your brother has.
>> yes, when my brother went to fight with the yeah zd force -- di force, he spoke to a girl who had escaped. it is horrible, the stories. they say they are being raped and they are ashamed to even talk about these things. and the horrible stories. the world is a little bit silent about these things. this should be front page news every day. >> when your brother met the woman who had escaped, are they all grown women? or were some of them younger? >> young girls, 18, 20. >> these are girls who had not been married before. had been effectively taken off and sold into marriage was a >> not married, so virgins. there is very little news coming out of northern iraq and
syria, because it is so dangerous for reporters to go there. situation for these women today echo are they alive? have they been killed? are they still being held as prisoners? >> some of these girls have been received with open arms by their families again. but many are still captured. from arabs who try to buy these girls and bring them back to the north of iraq in the kurdistan area with they will be safe. we have heard from the regional government, they are currently trying to buy these girls back. >> so they have to pay ransom, basically to islamic state. they that -- but they buy them through arabs. >> via the arabs buying them? buyingare the arabs them? just to get the cash? >> [indiscernible]
>> it really sounds like a trade in human life. it sounds like these women are being traded between the arabs and islam estate -- islamic state. and as you said, the world is being far too silent. what are you doing to try to bring attention to this? everything from the first day, to raise awareness on social media, but also we do a lot of to show thens people what is happening with these girls. they are being sold on the slave nextt with chains on their and on their hands -- on their necks and on their hands. it is very inhumane. >> thank you very much for joining me. thousands of women and girls still being held by islamic state. you are watching bbc america.
still to come on tonight's program, a world first in uruguay, how a national tracking system is making beef protection high-tech. authorities in southwest pakistan have suspended a major campaign against polio after four of its workers were shot dead by unidentified gunmen was up more than 60 polio workers have been killed in the past two years in pakistan. most of the attacks have been blamed on islamic extremists. other polio campaign, another tragic death. this time in the capital of one of pakistan's most violent provinces. these workers started their day reporting for duty to administer the polio vaccine. now they are in body bags. driveromen workers and a were killed on a main road. another three were injured.
this one is screaming in agony. this is part of an eight-day campaign that started earlier this month. >> we are hopeful that our law enforcement agency will be able to bring them to justice. >> polio vaccinations are very difficult to conduct an pakistan, especially in the tribal areas because of a violent campaign by islamic militants who allege the vaccine is part of a western plot to sterilize muslims. has been a two-year ban imposed by the book taliban -- by the taliban in the tribal areas. nearly 300,000 children have been without the vaccine. many parents refused to allow polio workers to get near their children, like this father who said he did not trust the team. workersthan 60 polio
and the 6 -- or the security personnel protecting and have been killed in the past two years. it is another reminder that something as mundane as an immunization campaign can be a matter of life and death here in pakistan. >> to south america now and one of the world's smallest nations, uruguay, which has developed a surprisingly big high-tech sector. thes the only country in world to be able to say that 100% of its cattle are tagged and identified in a national database. this system allows them to know precisely where each cow comes from. here is more on this groundbreaking traceability system. like their fathers and grandfathers before them, rocky and lindenberg are sitting on these fertile pastures.
uruguay today is a land of high-tech cowboys. important is as it dish -- the laptop is as hisrtant to this farmer as livestock. after a threat to the livestock, the government acted. world's first completely traceable meet process. this system has already cost uruguay about 60 million or 70 million dollars to implement. it is the world premiere supplier and producer of quality beef and had -- and it has already paid dividends. it has prime markets in europe and north america. the tags can be read at any kettle'sording to the
movement and history. >> our system is secure, because every single producer takes part. from the farmer with just two cows, 2000, or even 20,000 head of cattle. it is free, paid for by the state. >> accountability and transparency doesn't stop at the farm gate. as cattle arrive at the processing plant, their identities and where they come from stay with them throughout them -- throughout. but traceability is required by law. and in some cases, computer-controlled tagging means individual cuts can be traced back to it a single animal and the farm it came from. food security is a global issue, and uruguay is setting the example, says the british assessment who built his high-tech plant here. x this is a system that should be helping. this is a system where all people deserve to know what they are eating.
if there's a shortcut and a do their job incorrectly, not in this country. this country is sound. >> uruguay's beef exports brought in more than 1.5 billion dollars last year in a country often referred to as one big farm. knowing exactly where your beef comes from here, is a legal right. >> i'm not sure where comes from, but it looks delicious. a groundbreaking exhibition is underway in geneva, which hopes to show the relationship between artists and human suffering. it is called "all too human" and the harmwork depicting -- the'8" on one another harm humans and have inflicted on one another. >> art is not always beautiful, not always joyful.
from the trenches of the first world war to the conflict in iraq, these works have been inspired by the suffering -- the suffering people inflict on one another. >> in the dark situations of humanity come people -- when people look away and take involved, and get this is the case of managerial work, for example. they take action. and this is the case with the artists. they testify of these difficult situations. >> some of the artists are household names. the grieving woman during the spanish civil war. others were victims themselves of the cruelties of the last 100 years.
he died in our with. -- in auschwitz. >> it isn't easy, but it is testimony of the huge strength of human creativity, even in the midst of poorer. a painting by ukrainian artist nikolai garrison. these works have never been seen in europe before. long in theon was planning and is attracting a big crowd. despite the difficult subject matter. >> art is not just a walk in the park. the idea that art should mirror an easy life, historically that's not accurate. art reflects violence. with this exhibition, we want to reflect what is in all of us. we should never forget what we are capable of.
>> it isn't easy to forget. and of course, the temptation is to look away. but this exhibition does encourage visitors to reflect on the events of the last century. these works of art remind us that -- of the capacity to inflict suffering on others. >> that exhibition in switzerland. here in america, president obama exercised his legal authority again today to pardon to 210 --iving turkey -- two thanksgiving turkeys. he joked that it would be his most talked about action yet. happy thanksgiving from all of us here at bbc world news america. thanks so much for watching. ♪
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captioning sponsored by macneil/lehrer productions >> woodruff: violent unrest on the streets of ferguson simmers down, but emotions continue to run high nationwide. tonight, we take a look at the divide among americans over race and justice. good evening, i'm judy woodruff. >> ifill: and i'm gwen ifill. also ahead this wednesday. snow, wind and ice get in the way of americans' thankgiving plans on one of the busiest travel days of the year. >> woodruff: a native american community in new mexico works to restore sacred lands after forest fires destroyed the landscape and their way of life. >> i also have almost a one year old grandson, and a one year old