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jane o'brien. violence in hong kong as protesters face off against police over a controversial extradition law. a vote for contempt in the fight over the senses. -- census. house democrats which were stern action against of the attorney general and, secretary. and taking on climate change. nse british government wants to get carbon emiss to zero in the coming decades. jane: welcome to our viewers on pbs in america and around the globe. the mood in hong kong remains tense after police fired rubber bullets and tear gas thousands of protesters in the city center. demonstrators are trying to block a bill thatleould allow peo be extradited to mainland china for trial. dozens were wounded in the clhes, which the territories
leader describ as organized rights. -- riots. reporter: they arrived early to stake out their territory with provised barricades. by midmorning, their numbers were swelling. they are bringing out reinforcements and supplies t ot to wherehe police lines. their objections were twofold. rsfirst, to keep lawmaut of the legislative council building to prevent the passage of the bicontroversial extraditio. >> if we let this extradition law passed we will know longer have any citizens rights, any freedom of speech. look at china. they are suffering from the
government. poer: and second, the holder same -- to hold the same onmistakes in central hong occupied by the umbrella movement five years ago. today the mood is more radical. >> we should fight for what we should have. reporter: are you saying that peaceful protest is over? >> it's not working. we are already having peaceful protest year. it is no longer reporter: police attempts to keep order seemed halfhearted at first. emboldened, protesters push their various all the y up to the gates of the legislative council building. one or two get hit with a nasty squirt. of pepper spray that stuff stings. it is not going to deter these
people. by midday, a massive crowdocas effectivelpied the streets. the protesters have succeeded in keeping most of the legislators ou but we managed to get in. in an upper quarter, weet m charles, who supports the protesters. s,down on the street meanwhile, it looked like it was suddenly kicking off. stthe demontors were trying to storm the building. the protesters breaking in from two different sides here, and the police have completely retreated back away from the main entrance and back to the building itself. >> int don't o see this kind of conflict happen but i think the government simply disappeared. this is culturally irresponsible. reporter: this is also
responsible, isn't it? these people are using violence to storm the legislative council. >> well, t i thihe reality is we have no choice. a a lot of people in hong kong feel we have no choice. reporter: we went downstairs, where the police had effectively barricaded themselves inside the building. i don't it is extremely chaotic. protesters have basically broken ththrough e outer perimeter. ais is the inner perimeter, where the policere holding out. they have grabbed some of the protesters, butt the moment it looks like the police are being forced back. >> thank you. reporter: an officer lies injured the floor. he is apparently unconscious. if being charged by protesters wasn't enough, t police now incur the wrath legislativors.
>> this is ridiculous! how can the police take over your parliament building? that is what they are doing right now! reporter: but the protesters' attempt to storm lco was a turning point. the police were fighting back. by midafternoon, they are chased the demonstrators away, and they were not stopping there. the police are trying to drive e protesters back bit by bit. with tear gas -- the i airs the with it. all this was occupied by the protesters.
reporter: five years ago, umbrellas were a symbol of hope here. they occupy this place for nearly three months, and nothing nochanged. the mls have become abo syml -- now there umbas have become assimilative fines and a physical defense against the chair gas from the police. the protesters' attempt to occupy central hong kong was ending in retreat. e the last timis happened, there were therefore nearly three months. the police are clearly determined not to let that happen again. the authorities won the battle the day. -- battle today.
these images will do little to calm fears that hong kong is starting to look increasingly likeainland china. jane: chaoticin scene the in hong kong. -- indeed in hong kong. here inhi wton, the house oversight committee has voted to hold the attorney general and sscretary of commerce in contempt of cong the democratically-controlled panel asked for documents related to the trump administration's cians to add a tizenship question to next year's census. the two officials have refused to do so. a reporter who covers the white house for politico joined merely a. you get the impression that it -- joined to me earlier. you get the impression that it d it couldt today be anything tomorrow. just what is this standoff doing? t what affect t having? >> it is certainly moving house speaker nancy pelosi into a she is going to face increased pressure to either open an impeachment inquiry into the president or outright begin impeachment proceedings.
is is another step towar that. the democrats on capitol hill are essentially doing everything they can short of impeachment to hold the president accountable and to highlight some of the things that his administration has done that they disagree with. today's contempt vote was one of those things. this is over the addto u.s. census surveys in which the trump administration has sought to add an immigration-related question, which has been challenged in the court system and is leading to the standoff on capitol hill. i expect that the justicel department wspond to this contempt vote shortly, but for now we are looking to see whether or not this goes to aoo vote and whether or not there is a civil and criminal contempt in violation against the attoey general. jane: meanwhile, the campaign season seems to be kicng off grand style. we have one poll that shows donald trump is actually doing badly against a number of democratic nominees. what do we read into this? bby: right, there was a
quinnipiac poll that came out that showed the president trailing essentially the top five democrats in the 2020 field at the moment. this is just the latest poll that has shown president trump falling behind in the states that will present a viable path toward reelection for him in 2020. we know that his campaign iski strides to reverse those numbers. they have been looking at ways they can reach out to conventional voters, reach out to voters who might have supported demoats in 2018 but would be willing to flip back to supporting president trump in 2020, and also to demographics like women, latinos, and afrin-americans. the reasons one we see the president deciding to launch his reelection campaign officially in orla io next week. going to be down in florida, obviously a key state for him heading into 2020, ande one where lling has not shown him with a significant tevantage over your conventional democratic candi
jane: very briefly, he has been talking about fake polling, suppression polling. why is this getting under his skin so much gabby: he is irritated because of what his advisers are seeing. i spoke to a whi official today who pointed out that one of theolls showed elizabeth warren surpassing bernie sanders in the 2020 democric field, and that is causing concern for the president's campaign. they have seen repoulicans come and say flattering things about elizabeth warren's economic agenda and some of thet things thar candidates have embraced as well. they a really paying attention closely to these polls, and president trump has derailed the idea of polling because of how ryaccurate it was in 2016. jane: thank you uch indeed for joining me. now to the u.k., where two more conservative candidates have launched a bid to replace theresa may. brexit is, of course, the key hnsue, and former foreign secretary boris n says he is committed to bringing the u.k. out of the eu by the end of the year.
but his rival, home secretary sajid javid, said that mr. johnson was yesterday's news. here is our politil editor laura kuenssberg. >> here he is. laura: will boris johnson be the prime minister? >> boris! laana: his dream for more th a decade. the waiting crush felt like the return of a long-lost unholy union. family in one corner, tory remainers and leavers again sharing the pews, hoping he can bring the slow-moving brexit crisis to an end. mr. johnson: delay means defeat. delay means corbyn. ck the can again, and we kick the bucket. after three years a two
missed deadlines, we must leave the eu on october 31. laura: he carries baggage, though, and plenty of it. mr. johnson, you suggested that brexit would be a straightforward win-win, and it s been a chaotic mess. as foreign secretary you offended people at home and abroad. you have a reputation for being cavalier with vital detail. already in this campaign you are telling some supporters you will do everything to avoid leaving the eu without a deal, and others that you will gladly do that. iit is a simple question you want to be prime minister, can the country trust you? mr. johnson: well, yes, of urse, laura. the answer, perhaps in that great minestrone of observations there isne substantive question -- [laughter] mr. johnson: one crouton i picked up, you think i've been somehow inconsistent, somehow inconsistentlaura, in saying that i don't want a no-de outcome.
but i think it is right for ourp great country pare for that outcome. and i think what most people understand -- [applause] mr. johnson: if we make the preparations now, we will carry the conviction with our friend and partners that we are indeed able to make such an et if we t ally have to. laura: he can'ke his way out no laura: it is boris johnson'so lose, but there are plenty of others trying to shove him off the stage. the final launch todayakes 10 candidates in the race. other voices in the tory party are ready to argue for change. >> this is a phrase i've not used very often, but he is the man for . [laughter] laura: the home secretary after the big promotion, too. mr. javid: as we face challenges that are unlike any we have faced before, this calls for a new kind of leadership from a new kind of leader.
i would say i am a change candidate. bor'johnson is yesterday' news. laura: not if he can help it, though. there is a long way too in this race.he whetyou love to hate him or hate tlove him, boris johnsond the resistance he provokes will simply not be ignored. laura kuenssberg, bbc news, westminster. jane: you are watching "bbc world news america." still to come on tonight's program, new gun laws are one thing. enforcing them is another. why police icolorado say they don't want to take away people's fire arms. in south africa, attacks on lorry drivers are increasing in frequency and violence. the bbc investigates.
reporter: calling for divine inteinention for astry that has come under siege. over the past 18 months, attacks on truck drivers have increased in frequency and viciousness in soutafrica. it has been more than a week sinc the driver was forced to leave his best friein and brother-aw on the side of the road after his truck was petrol bomb. >> you see here, the front of his cab was more or less where reporter: trum the two dvers pulled over their vehicles went unknown assailants set the trucks alight. were trucks to carry food, that carriedan clothing, d they didn't steal one pie of clothes, one piece ofood. they also and always attacked the truck and start burning it.
reporter: it is believed the attacks are as a result of a labor dispute in which trucking companies are areused of hiring ign drivers and overlooking experienced the south african government ha described thestacks as an act of economic sabotage. >> the law will prevail and law enforcement agencies are working very hard to ensure that those who are perpetrating this are -- they are usinghi what we cal and run. reporter: iis estimated that since march of last year, more than 200 truck drivers have been killed, and 1300 vehicles damaged. t a specialized police unis been set up to patrol motorways where the attacks are most prevalent.
ing weeks,he c several u.s. states are planning to introduce new gun controls, but local police say they don't want to enforce the measures rscause they violate guno' rights. in colorado, a so-called red flag law is taking effect aimed at confiscating guns from people expressing a severe mental crisis. from there, aleem maqbool reports. >> on this sidof the wall is a rehab the deputy -- the medals that he was awarded posthumously. aleem: at the office in colorado where he once worked, there is now a memorial to a sheriff's depu shot dead on duty. >> i just want to make sure you are ok. aleem: body camera footage shows him trying to calm down a man who had a history mental health crises. but moments later, when deputies kicked down the door of his home, the man unleashed a volley of bullets. >> shot fired, shots fired. aleem: the gunman was shot dead,
too. his boss was one of the driving forcesehind a new law that has just been passed in colorado which says police can now take away the guns of people deemed to be an extreme risk. >> his life will not be lost in vain. all those people who are mentally ill and lost their life because of the mental illness will not be in vain now.an wese this tool to apply itwh appropriate to save people's lives, and that is where we started offe beginning, let's save some lives today. aleem: sadly, this state has a history of shootings where lives have been lost that hit the headlines nationally. the aurora cinema shootingpp ed just a few miles in that direction. the columbine high school massacre not very far over there. it is not like people here have not known massive tragedy when it comes to guns.
but even then, talk about the notion of taking away people's firearms for whatever reason, and that is something that some gunowners in colorado simply cannot stoewch. with theo-called red flag law, they particularly seem to have a problem with police being able to take away guns beforene the can argue their case. they would have to appear before a judge to get back their firearms. >> i think that it is another way that the government can take guns wedn maybe they don't to. i think that there should be some scrutiny involved when it comes to taking them away from people. >> it sounds like a knee-jerk reaction to something that,yb yeah, sure, it might save a life, but at what cost?m: alhat is the cost? >> well, you are right, you are taking away my property. -- well, your rights, you are
taking away my pheperty. aleem:alk of rights and the cost of such a law is something we kept hearing, even from some in law enforcement. one sheriff may have campaigned for the law, but others in the state say they would rather go to jail than take away guns from people. >> is that reay what you want to give your rhts up to, a subjective ruling from law enforcement applying to a court to say that someone's rights should aleem: but if it means it could potentially save lives? >> so, at what cost? at what cost? aleem: the cost of taking someone's firearms away for potentially a short time. >> what i am telng you is as a government official and law-enforcement person, i don't think law-enfo have this power. aleem: and many sheriffs aseoss ral states feel the same way. touch firearms rules in america, even if it is to stop people getting killed, and you areure to arouse strong feelings and angry resistance. aleem maqbool, bbc news, in
colorado. utne: the british government has announced plans toarbon emissions to almost zero by the year 2050. if it moves forward, the u.k.ul be the first major economy to adopt such a legally binding target. environmental groups have applaudethe goal, but critics say even this could be too little, too late. here's david shukman. david: this is a huge moment in the effort to tackle climate changeut, a radical vision to sh off the gases that are raising temperatures. no more sights like this of exhat fumes pouring into the air and no more gas burning in our homes for cooking or heating. these are the men and here is the metal. david: the country that led the industrialevolution gotich with the help of coal. but using it released carbon dioxide that is still in the atmosphere.
e adding no more of it is the prime minister's final moves in office. prime min. may: i believe we have a moral duty to l world in a better condition than what we inherited. that is why we are announcing we will be endi our contribution to climate change by 2050 and legislating for a net zero emissions target. david: what is a net zero target? it means running the economy without adding to levels of greenhouse gases. offshore wind turbines are key to that. it alsmeans making big changes in our everyday lives, like in this eco house. first off, triple glazed windows and walls that are incredibly thk and well insulated. amazingly, this place has no central heatinat all. instead, the natural warmth of the room is drawn off throughex these actors, taking intois th device, where it is used to heat up fresh, cooler air fromid outs which is warmed up and released through this type -- pipe up here.
the results, a temperature of 21 degrees for virtually no power, and with technologies that are available right now. what about the cost of all this? if are all going to switch to electric cars, for example, whoe pays for thargers? the treasury is worried that the bills will mount up. supporters say cleang the air will benefit everyone and reduce costs for the nhs. but one the teenage school protesters says everything is too slow. >> 2050 is too late, unfortunately. we urgently need to take mediate action rather than having this over the course of 30 years. david: what is the international view of britain's action? china is the biggest emitter of greenhouse gases, dwarfing whatever we produce.it bus also investing the st in clean technologies, with the world's biggest fleets of electric buses. even so, the chinese economy and others are set to quadruple in size. whatever we do may not make much difference.
global warming and addressing global warming is overwhelmingly about how do you deal with 4 chinas, 4 indias, 4 africas within 30 years. oh, and another billion and a half people as well. a o mglobal warming. despite every effort, temperatures keep rising around the world with the risk of the impact becoming more severe. britain hopes that taking a lead will set an example that others will follow. david shukman, bbc news.ja : r more on that story and all the day's news on our website, and to see what we are working on at any time, do check us out on twitamr. ane o'brien. thanks for watching "bbc world news america." announcer: funding for this presentation is made possible by... the freeman foundation; by judy and peter blum-kovler foundaon, pursuing solutions for america's neglected needs;
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ioning sponsored by newshour productions, llc >> woodruff: good evening. i'm judy woodruff. on the "newshour" tonight, the house of representatives't oversimmittee holds trump administration officials in contempt, as the white house refuses to hand over documents related to adding a citizenship queson to the u.s. census. then, on both sides of the u.s.r mexicor, where the unceasing flow of migrants strains resources in both countries. and as the tools to selessly alter digital video becomes more widely available, the threat posed by expertly doctored videos-- known as deepfakes-- grows more dire. >> the nightmare situation is that there's a video of president trump saying, "i've launched nuclear weapons against north korea." and somebody hacks his twitter account and that goes viral, and inse