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tonight an old tomato of ukraine's president his voice to that massive protest in the capital where the opposition hopes to gather a million man march and lay siege to the government quarter these pictures you're seeing here the latest live pictures from kiev. and fighting the flames of foreign politicians to with ardent statements support of the opposition some even coming to kiev to spur the anti-government movement. also reporting a series of clashes of the shale gas site in romania seize all giant chevron suspend operations again offering a brief rest by developers who say fracking will destroy their livelihoods. day of prayer for south africans for their former leader and international symbol of peace nelson mandela look at how he overcame bitter derision from countries who had now
queuing to mourn him. at the scamming scandinavians it emerges that sweden buddied up with america's n.s.a. to listen across rush's leadership and major for. well over a good evening to you if you just joined us money is kevin owen is just past eight pm here in moscow this is the weekly or rather by the big stories of the last seven days and first this hour at least fifty thousand people have gathered already in the ukrainian capital for a major anti-government protests tonight the opposition claims there are many more that is warning that this rally is a last chance for the government of the president for scott's there for our team as catch up with him now i pull we're saying fifty thousand of the. when obviously the
protesters i guess will be saying more they're expecting a million how many do you think of behind it and what are the crowds doing. well there is ambiguity over the exact figures but the certainty is that thousands do still remain in the square behind me despite the bitterly cold conditions and there was also no uncertainty over the key demands of the opposition heavyweight boxing champion vitaly klitschko taking to the stage urging the protestors on the protests to remain peaceful while similar tain is slowly giving the government and ultimatum now this ultimatum contained a number of key demands these include the release of all protesters who have been arrested throughout the course throughout the course of these demonstrations punishment for those who violently crackdown on the demonstrations last weekend the resignation of president viktor yushchenko over it and his government and an early election now one opposition leader even went as far as saying that if those demands are met within forty eight hours then protest as should march on the private for
private residence of president. now for their part the opposition of cooled at the moment for a nationwide strike and protesters are continuing to blockade and surround key governmental administrative buildings in the heart of kiev around may the ukrainian security service say that they're going to investigate what they are calling an attempt to seize power in the country and it's also on sunday that the aid use foreign policy representative catherine ashton is to visit kiev later this week to try and find a political solution to the crisis on the whole movement really has been boy this weekend by support from european officials as my colleague arena ghoulish to reports. the ukraine is not the only one neighbor seeing anti government anger on its street but for some reason cleaves independence square has captured the minds of not politicians from. europe and the west have seen
a veritable parade of them here on seymour running out was where the opposition leaders they are and sometimes are taken to the states to speak for the crowds and yet few seem to have made the past to hear it from both sides from the country's leaders and their supporters. right there from an assistant secretary of state we stand with the people of ukraine who see their future in europe and want to bring their country back to economic health and unity to former polish president share the supporters of euro integration must remain firm and seize the momentum of the protest this is the only way they can get you know coach to make concessions and current members of the european parliament we support civil society and democratic opposition to its claim to have possibility for the nation to express who we are and saudis which means early election what began as a pro e.u. push descended into an out and out attack on the leadership the usual buzzwords of
democracy justice now one of the people were interspersed with not so subtle calls for president the king of quotes to admit his been beaten this is clear here it is you mean tunnel there is a sovereign conscious and they're not even hiding the more so this is something that should be unacceptable. as a democratic standard widely seen as a clear breach of diplomatic conduct it also raised questions in moscow. but i can imagine how our german partners would have felt if russia's foreign minister decided to attend a rally that was being held against german room i don't think they would consider it a friendly step meeting with opposition members is one thing but taking part in rallies that's interference in domestic affairs commission that the private mission early in the week the government survived a no confidence vote in the ukrainian parliament was. defeated by the process democratic. acis opposition please went home to block the stage and
stalling parliament. side protest leaders called on people to take over as nice to the caucuses as possible the idea of the whole process of walking is to show that ukrainians are ready to be part of europe and they can protest in peaceful european nattered of course majority of the people are trying to keep it civil or keeping it peaceful but what exactly will happen later in the day we have yet to find out. the political and financial commentator patrick young believes that the politicians in kiev were concerned by their own image that ukraine all the unions well being any piece members of the european parliament are terrified that they're about to be outflanked by european forces in elections in four or five months time therefore they're doing anything to try and get a tinge of popularity and of course the way they do that in the socialist european superstate of the e.u. is trying to be seen around liberal demonstrators at all times because it kind of
inflates their ok credentials of looking like hippy liberals the truth is they have no coherent concept of why or what they could do with ukraine and in fact the worst thing that could happen in many senses is that ukraine knowledge signs this economic deal because if it did a lot of free movement of labor it would be chaos for europe as usual the european union a super state of humbug and apocrypha. well for part ruling party officials are urging the protestors to go home saying their blockade of administrative buildings is preventing the approval of the twenty fourteen budget now that could have an impact on state salaries and pensions across the country so far there's no sign of the rallies abating thousands of pro-government activists descended meantime on the capital in towns across the east of the country to make their voices heard as well recent polls suggest ukraine is sharply divided on the issue of e.u. integration more than seventy percent of people in the west of the country favor a trade deal with europe meantime that figure drops to thirty percent in the east
now analysts believe a revolution over is unlikely but if it happened those in the east would be likely to support the government if there is a pro e.u. neo orange revolution there would be a pro customs union pro russian counter-revolution so it will be the path to the civil war because let's face it in the industrial base in of the east they know that if they join the e.u. package they will of course they will never join you itself they would lose customs privileges in russia and their industrial goods which are still being exported to russia in increasing quantities would certainly become thirty five percent more expensive which would price them out of the market in the same time i doubt very much that e.u. countries we certainly express an interest in buying the real goods so even if the
reason attempt the violent overthrow of the government there would be definitely a very sizable counterforce ready to come onto the streets it is no longer two thousand and four when no one was willing to risk their skin for. return to the roof is the upcoming so-called million man march could become fertile ground for a repeat of last weekend's violent unrest both the government and the opposition agree the riots were deliberately stage but the differing on who they say was behind the dynamite adams executive director of the wrong paul institute think tank he told us such provocations part of a pattern often used in coup attempts we see a pattern here of escalation in provocation we've seen it before in these previous revolutions i think really the protesters on the ground they had a very large product provocation a few nights ago and they were using chains and tractors and of course the police as police do everywhere reacted with violence the u.s.
has counseled nonviolence but what would happen if someone drove a tractor and tried to drive it into the white house lawn you're going to tell me that there wouldn't be violence against the one hundred thousand people trying to break into the white house so everywhere governments would normally protect their buildings well beneath all the political problems rupture in ukraine there are even more pressing economic worlds and later this hour here on capitol with katie pilbeam reveals just how close the country is to going under and the ramifications of its predicament. now it's cost them a beating but protesters of nonetheless managed to again hole work at a fracking cited northeast romania i'm over the last couple of days the shale gas well was being developed by u.s. energy giant chevron with an army of police to ensure security but the locals who make up some of europe's poorest were horrified at the prospect of thousands of tons of toxins being pumped into the land which provides their only livelihoods
lucy caffein of is there for r.t. . in a remote part of romania a day of rage and fury. protesters stormed a work site operated by chevron and police responded with full force those who didn't leave willingly were dragged away so you can see. in what country we are living the police forces are behaving like a private. protection company for a so wrong. but what the people here want to know is who will protect them from big business this is one of the poorest corners of the european union but it's believed to sit on top of large reserves of valuable natural gas it's the sort of place that's changed little over the centuries and most of the residents still live off the land land which could soon be pumped full of toxic fluid in order to get the fuel underneath it's
a simple everyday action drawing water out of the well for the villagers here and put in just this is really what's at the heart of the matter the environment and the water for them it's not so much about fighting chevron as it is about protecting both their lives and livelihoods but if you run the beef all my years i have been working on the land it is the only live the time now. during the day isn't your typical sort of protester a farmer all her life she and her husband were also some of the first villagers to speak out against chevron's plans to drill for natural gas in their community we've heard horror stories we're going to supply being polluted forests no longer being green we don't want to risk everything for this company to make a profit chevron says it's committed to working with the local community to drill without damaging the environment it insists that it is abiding by all safety rules but that's not reassuring for farmers like the silly. people the camel they could
compute you destroy if we just want to protect what's important. an island and that's what they've done for more than a month now braving the cold villagers set up makeshift tents across the company's drilling site chevron did temporarily suspend its operations but last week the campus raided by the police for five for one man and i was punched in the face it was humiliating rumanian but the police treated us like criminals i felt like we were filmed out there for both of them retired ourselves together to form a human chain they were kicking ass and beating us with their bottoms i was kicked here there was another religion i was in hospital now because of how hard they had in the stomach. and on saturday more violence would began as a peaceful demonstration was broken up by force another arrest the protest star and but demonstrators continued to get taken away in this car in some ways it's a case of david versus goliath
a tiny romanian village fighting to get an energy giant chevron off of its land but despite the arrests despite the protests and despite the clashes the chevron trucks are already here and the work looks set to go on reporting and put in just romania for r.t.e. and lucy catherine. on top of their chemical pollution of water contamination fracking was also blamed for causing earthquakes too i don't see don't call read help texas communities are being rocked by explaining tremors which the locals insist. on sunday is a day of prayer and reflection in south africa in memory of former president nelson mandela who died on thursday paul asli reports next on how his life was a long walk from being labeled a terrorist at one point to becoming the world's most respected freedom fighter. he's the man who did help build
a divided land that on the brink of civil war the man who after twenty seven tough years behind bars walked free from prison in his heart was not trivial i think that his greatest legacy to this country is reconciliation in the last three decades the world tirelessly polished the image of nelson mandela and image recognized around the world only coca-cola is better known better men who struggle for racial equality again south africa's ruling white minority had a dark side the world has conveniently forgotten about nelson mandela even leader of a struggle. a radical. someone. an embrace violence and as a necessary political instrument at a particular juncture in our history this house was the secret headquarters of the african national congress it was here in the early sixty's that mandela and his
comrades launched the armed struggle it was also here that most of them were wasted put on trial and sentencing to life in prison south african journalist chris bishop believes the one nine hundred sixty four trial that saw mandela and his comrades sentenced to life helped turn the world in their favor during the trial. these gentlemen who were on trial the rivonia trial as they went from being the accused of being people in the dark as slowly transformed they became the benjamin franklin's of africa they became the freedom fighters they began the man of principle who is standing up merely for the rights of others and it's turned world opinion around from a vile terrorist to one of the greatest freedom fighters to have ever walked the earth the story of nelson mandela is remarkable a man who stood up for the rights of people everywhere but also a familiar tale of government have gone into flower. one day and devote the next.
johannesburg south africa. for inspirational and eloquent comments and we've put together some of the ones rarely seen elsewhere and i'll take a look at the iconic leaders thoughts on america's influence in the world the invasion of iraq and the israeli palestinian conflict. still ahead. the pressure on journalists working to expose britain's pivotal role in global surveillance. with. the editor of the newspaper. expose called to terrorism here in facing some seemingly far fetched accusations but also writes. kidnapped in syria. being well treated by the rebels but middle east watches tell us that it's hard to believe that the fighters are entirely the good guys here the
radionuclides despite previous cleaning efforts there remains a deposit of a little less than two kilos of plutonium stuck in the rock around the coral reef about ten metres down yuki attests a never ending legacy on r.t. . i'm group of syrian nuns who went missing after rebels captured the christian village of make contact with the world now they said they were not kidnapped but were in fact rescued from a shelling attack there video statements raise questions though with many suspecting we were speaking under duress monologues and writer a journalist who's been to syria several times as met with christians there he doesn't buy claims of the rebels' good intentions. we have to see that. doesn't have a military strategic well you would but it has a symbolic well you it is
a very old it's an ancient christian pilgrimage with a very modest three song when we see now that we all wear the nonstarter film when this one is telling that they are treated well and there's we shouldn't forget that the shelling the attack on the monastery wasn't turned off by the syrian army it was turned on by the so-called rebels who are in reality nothing else then terrorists that's that's the fact so and we saw in the past the couple of the it's really all soft kidnap christians of course they are saying we are treated well we get good food we should look on the facts on the verified facts what we see is that it. was a text right now the second time within several weeks. egyptians are feeling the impact of a new regulation restricting public rallies two leading revolutionaries a standing trial charged with taking part in illegal gatherings we go to report
from cairo all of that just bit later this. next though it emerged this week that sweden is in on the n.s.a. spying game what's more it's accused of peeking through the kremlin is keyhole swedish t.v. reporter freshly brewed snowden that stockholm which fed intelligence from russia's leadership and energy giants to the united states is what the chief editor of the news program that broke the story told us earlier about their findings. we have revealed that. very close relationship between the swedish defense radio authority f.r.a. and american counterpart n.s.a. and according to the documents. f.r.a. have spied spying on the russian leadership and they are passing this information on to n.s.a. we got access to these documents thanks to edward snowden so for we have don't have
any details more than the documents are mentioning. they're talking about unique intelligence they're talking about classic intelligence and they're also mentioning cables the spokesman of f.r.a. didn't give any comments but. when axed asked about being. seen as a leading partner that's the way they spell it in these documents for a is the leading partner to n.s.a. then he says ok that's flattering he ses so that's the only comment we have received so far it's going to journalist duncan campbell says sweden's historically helped the us with intelligence betraying privacy of their citizens and neighboring states in the process. sweden always had a rather covert intelligence relationship with the west during the years of the
cold war. the attempt to secretly and to the club of the big spies in which they are for the goodies to give to their prime minister in return for betraying we receive in security of all of their neighbors and many foreign citizens sweden was the largest collaborative in europe which the internet tapping program run by the private eyes foop of being we speaking countries. and so it does so because of its effect access to cable to the baltic and it's no surprise that you see it few and i say with one half as well as everything else you can take from street. across the north sea meantime the editor of britain's guardian newspaper was grilled of the terror here in this past week for publishing stories exposing the scale of global surveillance which the u.k. is no small part of the government accuses the paper of encouraging terrorism by revealing how they're being spied on but journalist glyn moody believes it's all
part of a public flogging campaign. it's theater because it's actually for internal consumption it's really for the united kingdom and david cameron is trying to demonstrate that he's the strong man that he's tough on terrorism that he's not going to let journalists you know tell him what to do and therefore he's coming out with these statements which for the rest of the world thinks pretty crazy because everyone is saying from president obama downwards that we should have this debate about what are the limits of surveillance and what kind of oversight should we have and it's really only david cameron the u.k. government that's saying we shouldn't do that. when your image is battered is the n.s.a. should think it would want to downplay the dragnet a bit but this is how the u.s. intelligence community regards its latest secret surveillance mission with the logo of an angry all seeing all posts gobbling up the world there is also to the whistleblowers waiting game of the fucking up three years in britain under house arrest and embassies political asylum r.t.
dot com looks at why julia starved still hasn't been charged. a series of bombings and shootings across the iraqi capital killed at least thirty nine people and wounded ninety the deadliest attack was in a shiite suburb of baghdad were a car bomb went off near a workshop iraq analyst and peace activist adrian sense says the situation is worse than it was under former dictator saddam hussein six months after the bombings in ninety one there was electricity there was. russian people didn't die of hunger people did die because there was no. level of clean water and so on a lot of diseases goddess actions in both the united states but there were basic services that people have and it's not like the situation now where. you ration eleven years and. there are no basic services. the long arm of
the law is reached the leaders of the revolution that toppled hosni mubarak in egypt three years ago but now standing trial under a new law banning unauthorized protests true as the details about that from cairo two leading secular activists. being charged with illegally protesting and for allegedly assaulting police officers in demonstrations last month and two men who were prominent voices in the january two thousand level revolution among the first to be trying to get defense related to egypt's new controversial protest it was in force by the government last month and bans all rallies to ten people from gathering the information in the ministry of interior there was mass aprile when the law was promulgated as people here say most protests are against interior police force and they will give security forces a copy the buy let me disperse demonstrations this is something we've certainly seen in the last few weeks security forces have used tear gas water cannons and
birdshot but it's against protesters attempting to rally without permission of the government backed by the military and defending the legislation saying it's essential to restore law and order and also to help it is tied to the economy the trial marks a key turning point in the summer the military in the government had targeted islamist supporters of mohamed morsy with measure and trial is showing that the government is widely is cracked down to include all forms of dissent even people here in egypt to be the country is returning to a police state. when it comes to crisis recovery iceland is hot stuff these days we hear how writing debt can really pay off even if it does mean rage in europe at the same time also this outcome as well with almost one in four people across the e.u. under the threat of living in poverty even those in the richest economies are reliant on hundreds we got a report on the. next the financial week in artie's venture capital.
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