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this is d w news live from berlin a massive spike in corona virus infections in serbia followed by talk of a new lockdown now an explosion of violence and police on the retreat protesters say the president is using the pandemic for political gain. also coming up a tourist destination turned into a flood ravaged wasteland in central japan rising waters and landslides of children dozens with more rain on the way almost half a 1000000 people have been advised to evacuate. in china and waves of human rights
lawyers were arrested 5 years ago now some are being released we need one free lawyer who is getting his life back together so he can fight for rights again. plus racism extremism and anti-semitism all combined stroman his top security threat back from a government report focused on the increasingly little acts of violence germany's domestic security chief says we're seeing a new front gate and contempt. i'm sumi so much conduct's good to have you with us anti-government rallies have filled the streets of serbia's capital belgrade for a 2nd day and night protesters are angry over what they see as the government's mishandling of the coronavirus pandemic critics say the sharp spike in cases is the fault of serbia's president to lift it and earlier lock down to allow for elect.
sions authority and authorities announced today that they will not be reimposed that lockdown as of yet despite the covert 1000 search. pandemic prostrations buffalo for on the streets of belgrade chaos erupted thousands of protesters battled with police and trying to storm the parliament that angry over the president's handling of the coronavirus pandemic balsa redoubtable the main reason we're here is to support the protests that are happening during these abnormal times when the country is falling apart. cases have spiked across the balkan country in recent weeks serbia reported its highest kobe had 19 death toll on kids day president alexander who checked originally announced a weekend curfew for belgrade but now his government says it won't reimpose a lockdown. but no one is quite sure whether that will be enough to appease the
demonstrators and keep the peace. let's get some analysis on the story now we have with us he's the southeast europe expert for the german institute for international and security affairs thank you for joining us how do you explain why we've seen such violence in serbia over the government's handling of the pandemic. the reason is not only that their mixed serbia is a deeply divided society in which the president mr which holds all power so the protests partly because of that put them in but they go much deeper this is cited to you i think it's for the up with the hubris of the president who can split off like you get closer to shrivel bases for his rule actually he is something like the german president a good government and the prime minister should run the country she hold has all the reins of the power in his hands so it's
a protest against 80 years of suppression to move to freedom of the press of the freedom of the media and it's this in a way shows that the serbian society is the great go for much much the pretty violent than ever before what about the state of the pen demick in serbia i mean the number of coronavirus cases there has exploded recently why do you think that is well i'm not a medical expert but one member of the team who of the government team who is handling the pandemic said this morning that the situation is extremely dangerous that slowly the authorities saw them losing control over the spread of that when they make and there are many people said that simply off to having one of the strictest looked on the scene in europe the government decided to open up the society and just in time for elections and these elections reinstated mr pritchard so a lot of people think that this was premature and that the only purpose for this was
to have 2 cans in the football will have to leave it there john bell yes from the german institute for international and security affairs thank you for sharing your insights with us today. let's take a look now at some other coronavirus developments the u.s. has crossed a new high water mark in the corona virus pandemic the country has registered more than 3000000 cases of covert 19 the highest number of any country wednesday saw the biggest daily increase in cases so far 5000000 australians are back in lockdown as melbourne grapples with a spike of new coated 1000 cases the restrictions will be in effect in australia 2nd largest city for the next 6 weeks. german exports fell by almost 30 percent in may due to the pandemic dropping to $80300000000.00 euros a year on year german car companies the engineering sector and makers of electronic equipment were among the worst hit by lower demand around the world. the
humanitarian group oxfam is warning that the coronavirus is worsening the hunger crisis in the poorest parts of the world oxfam says as many as 12000 people a day could die from hunger linked to the fallout from the pandemic their organizations new study shows a disruption to food supplies and falling aid funding could push well over $100000000.00 people to the brink of starvation this year middle income countries including india south africa and brazil are especially at risk. let's get more on the story now we're joined by matthew truscott he's the head of humanitarian policy at oxfam international matthew it's good to have you with us on the w. your organization is saying the knock on effects of the pend i make are more widespread than the virus itself why is that. well so we're looking at an additional $121000000.00 people potentially pushed to the brink of starvation by the social and economic fallout of this pandemic and what we have to look at is
this is it's it's a link to a system so when we're looking at these numbers we look at the same time as the biggest food and drink companies paid out over $18000000000.00 to shareholders so we have a dramatically unequal food system and we also have a number of people who are on the edge of starvation already due to things like conflict use things like climate change do things like failing to invest in agro economies and this now with the additional burden of covert up and and difficulties moving difficulties accessing markets and difficulties with emotions really do push those people to the edge matthew can you tell us more about those difficulties these driving factors though is it mainly the fact that for example sood supplies have been disrupted. food supply disruption is is a big part of it but also another part of it is a lot of people who are on the edge already so we look at about 60 percent of people who are already in an informal economies and they don't have the social safety nets to fall back on so a number of the countries where food through crises who are already on the edge now when people aren't able to get to their markets when this closures when people
doing day labor on table to get their daily wages that then pushes them to a point where they have no savings to fall back on it really comes back to the system that we're working in and also of course falling international humanitarian aid which is a major concern if you're going to say should says in this report that it's middle income countries like india south africa and brazil that are especially at risk why is that. well so there you have sort of the that the typical crises one would look at so yemen afghanistan etc where you know yemen remittances have dropped by 80 percent but a lot of the other countries haven't really been worked out and as you mentioned india south africa brazil south africa for instance you had the pleasure of street vendors few to the lockdowns but that was approximately a half a 1000000 people they were employed in that and they provided food and nutrition to about 70 percent of the townships so when you have these lockdowns when you have these people losing their income that then has a knock on effect when they're supporting other people when entire economies around that collapse and if there's no back up this is no social support for them if
there's no government funding which of course those governments are trying to develop but it needs to be quicker that there really pushes us people into a point where where they can come back from it and the same when you look at the small scale farms if they aren't able to get off if they aren't able to harvest if they aren't able to bring in their crops that's going to affect them for years because they don't then have the money to pay for new seeds to prepare their farms for the next year in these countries that are particularly at risk and also struggling to control the pandemic what can be done to make sure that people are not going hungry. well i think this does a few different things we can do always see the 1st step is we we need to dramatically increase our humanitarian funding so when we look at the amount paid to for instance those 8 companies that i mentioned earlier that's more than 3 times what's even being asked for in humanitarian funding by the u.n. and the u.n. appeals only been about 20 of them 24 percent funded so in total they're asking for just over $7000000000.00 now that sounds like quite a lot but when you look at the usa for instance this paid over $500000000.00 to
save its eline industry $7000000000.00 for $7000000000.00 for urgent humanitarian aid really isn't all that much but beyond that so that's the immediate steps the next steps we need to take is to address the unequal system that we've got we need to develop proper social protection madness so that when people do news their incomes due to systems like this there's something this is cash there's social support to protect them and there's also access to things like health care and going forward we have to build a safer system we have to build one that's robust that's able to respond to things like climate change which is going to bring further hunger crises we need things like better local ceasefires so the people in conflict zones are still able to meet their daily needs matthew truscott head of humanitarian policy at oxfam international thank you very much for joining us thank you dozens have been killed as landslides and floodwaters continue to rip through southwestern pan hundreds of thousands of people have been ordered to evacuate their homes rescuers are searching for survivors but japan's meteorological agency is warning that heavy
rains will continue to batter the region in the coming days. flooding and mudslides have devastated this region normally renowned for its hot springs and scenic mountain trails a popular tourist destination transformed into a wasteland local residents hotel workers and visitors or have been caught up in the aftermath of the massive downpours. the land just crumbled more than i ever thought it could. rocks befalling into the valley and the river also sounded different. going on i have never seen so much rain it just kept falling on and on. japan's weather agency has ordered the evacuation of nearly half a 1000000 people but moving into shelters is not compulsory and many of choosing to stay put perhaps because of fears over the coronavirus. emergency
units are carrying out search and rescue missions in various areas we will continue to do our utmost for the disaster prioritizing people's lives in with. the authorities a warning that more widespread heavy rain is likely to fall in the next 3 days for the destruction and loss of life look highly likely. to china now where some of the 300 lawyers and activists who were arrested in a 2015 crackdown are now being released they had pushed back against president xi jinping has moved to tighten restrictions on free speech but they were arrested and sentenced for subversion of power we hear now from one lawyer just out of prison who is rebuilding his life as well as as desire to support rights. a family reunited one term john a prominent human rights lawyer was released from prison 2 months ago he's one of
more than 200 lawyers were detained in 2015 when china's government started an unprecedented crackdown on lawyers. machines are one of those you know you feel when you lose something important and then you get it back i cannot find the right words for this feeling. it feels like something exceptionally precious but there is also the fear that i might lose him again. hypothesis there is such a. one turn junk spent almost 5 years behind bars many things are new to him this app that recognizes the names of plants. before a whole you could now i've been released i feel drawn to nature i often go out to enjoy it that's how i started paying attention to plants i want to know their names . during these years isn't whose name also took a toll on his wife. and it was our devon hope these people came to my house and
blocked the entrance. presidential would you be when i tried to open the door and then told me if you come out i will kill you. china's government was taking a very vengeful look i'm painting on his behalf his son to enter and also witnessed the only see yes. yes thank you you're 7 aware take my sword and fight against them . this is what i really want to do put out a 6 hour. long turn john was taken without warning after that his wife did not hear anything about him until his trial was announced more than 3 years later and sitting down and i am very tense very nervous i could not sleep. on december 26th of 20181 term john was charged with state subversion a serious offense and chandra levy was hoping to get
a glimpse of him in court but again state security had gathered in front of the homes of children which is still waiting for them i'm nervous i've been in situations often but every time is different. this doctor trip we're this is not about the rights of relatives this case is about state secrets so you're going to talk about love i didn't. write off my you lot. now the family is trying to put these experiences behind them will take time for them to get back to a new movie life. we're going to. have to my release my son and die we're very affectionate with each other at least on the surface but the estrangement is quite obvious. when i tell him something he opposes me he rebels this gives me a headache i feel embarrassed. i wanted to become closer to each other.
right now one too many has a lot of time to spend with this family with origins have evolved as warriors license with us already planning to appeal and to sue the government words wrong and. now to some other headlines from around the world australia has suspended an extradition agreement with hong kong after china imposed a national security law giving it sweeping new powers their prime minister scott morrison said australia would also extend visas for skilled workers from hong kong and wants to lure hong kong businesses to the country and get on a search is currently underway in seoul after the mayor of the south korean capital went missing early thursday he disappeared after leaving a phone message that his family said sounded like a final will souls metropolitan government confirmed the mayor had failed to appear for his duties at city hall. surgeons at a hospital in broad successfully separated twins who had been can join at the back
of their heads the 2 year old sisters are said to be recovering well the rare surgery was aided by a 3 d. augmented reality nap of their skulls and brains. and italian authorities have seized a migrant rescue boat operated by the german and g.o.c. watch claiming it did not comply with safety rules last month the vessel was used to rescue more than 200 people stranded at sea in april italy banned migrant rescue ships from docking at its ports because of the coronavirus pandemic. the euro group has gathered at this hour to vote for a new president now the group brings together the 19 finance ministers of the nations that share the euro currency the leadership vote comes in the midst of one of the most severe economic crises in the euro group's history spanish candidate is a front runner and could become the 1st woman to have the body. yet some say she can navigate a brush conspiracy with her eyes closed. a 51 year old spanish
economist spent more than a decade in top civil service at the e.u. commission before being appointed to a top job and spain's government intervention. and i'm a promise on my conscience an honor to live a leaf of phil the obligations of the position of economy minister. then you know as described as tough and as always being perfectly prepared trades for which even political rivals pay respect since she's not a member of any party she's considered the moderate voice within spain's socialist government she the person that the some exchange used by the border mean as a way of sending say notes to foreign investors in the sense that you know having this way shallowing with far left part of the good to some extent you know send the wrong santos to foreign ministers in 2020 she was promoted to deputy prime minister
a crucial role that includes managing the economic repercussions of the covert 19 crisis which hit spain especially hard look at the most we see it changing trend from the end of the lock down this changing trend can be seen in a number of indicators the most relevant in my opinion is job creation as california is backing and your recovery scheme that is spaced some grounds northern countries are checking her with a critical eye so she's trying to stress that everyone is in the same boat she was plain that are basically trying to call. all their economies that aren't the spain and italy that out where they problems as well are and i think that this is you know i think the reason why is the smart woman this was a wise venue has always been a woman among many man she now is the only woman in the euro croup and it is likely
that this is just another stepping stone in her career. the german interior minister and the domestic security chief have released a report profiling crime committed in germany last year they say right wing extremism is the biggest danger that the country faces. the security through. acts in germany are manifold with one area still a particularly high concern says the german interior minister. if you can. let me start off with the area of right wing extremism racism and anti semitism this area is the greatest threat to security in germany. nothing is change that on the contrary the number of offenses the number of people linked to rightwing extremist circles and the number of violent far right extremists has increased. used to. a number of particularly brutal far right acts made headlines
over the last year and 29000 pro migration conservative politician vital to look good was killed and a gunman killed 2 people in an attack on a synagogue and holler in time yury this year a gunman shot dead 9 people in hand now. some 90 percent of anti semitic acts in germany are far right motivated the report lists around $8000.00 more right wing extremists on the radar of german intelligence agents compared to last year that spike in numbers in part comes from the authorities putting the so-called good of the party under observation an unofficial grouping of far right politicians. but opposing politicians want the whole party to face scrutiny. of the bill is not the entire a 50 but it has spread across the entire if the fuel is deeply rooted within the
f.t. which is why it would be important to put the f.t. as a whole under surveillance because there are traces of the few clever way. and. as far as security is concerned left wing and islamist terrorism remain the 2 other big threats cyber attacks and espionage also play an increased role readiness to commit violence is growing on and sides. as a society we must be alarmed start the threshold to commit violence has been declining steadily that the number of violent acts has risen exorbitantly and that online we are witnessing the rise of a front of hate in contempt which makes the unspeakable acceptable and paves the way for violent acts in real life. the german interior minister stressed that no previous german government has been as active in its efforts to combat right wing extremism 3 far right groups have been banned they
say here alone new special units within the agencies have been founded and a special government committee will hand over its findings to the german parliament next spring. researchers estimate that here in germany there are about a 1000000 people who have african heritage many say that facing racism is part of everyday life. that's too young for leaders who spoke about their experience. dancing as an us david hobby but that wasn't why she stood out in school she stood out because she was one of their a few black pupils at her school in southern germany i love my life i live a pretty much all my friends were white i didn't look like they did and didn't do the same things at home that they did and in a way i always had the feeling i had 2 identities and had to read just depending on who i happened to be hanging out with dancing gave her
a feeling of belonging because when she danced it didn't matter what color her skin was but in everyday life people make comments to put her in a box she says. lots of r. and b. things like a what's your university or what you were a high school 2 these things make it hard to feel at home because you don't look like the others and you don't have your roots here. in addition to her studies anna has a job as a social worker she supervises a group home for youngsters with mental disabilities. so when i get on the subway train sometimes i feel the looks like get in a certain tension for example that someone holds their bag a little closer or somebody will scrutinize your hair or your hands you just never know it admiration like wow what beautiful hair she's got or is it discussed you never know. because sony is a billionaire as well she will start sociology studies this fall she's very close
to her mother well he can realized very early on that her daughter was treated differently from what children. and she took ballet lessons like any go she wanted to dance ballet in a pink tutu and jump around and she came out of the. trial lesson totally dejected she was 3 years old and she said mom or i don't want to be brown anymore moments like these spurred and to action she started a playgroup for afro german children so at least once a month her daughter would have the feeling of not being the only black child just process must look at racism can really be hurtful many people want to hear about these experiences they might think oh well it's once a month no it's every day when you go out every day if you don't get a job or an apartment you apply for it's not always for racist reasons of course but that's always one of the 1st things you wonder. me hopes that the current debate about racism will change society's perception of people of color not just
short term but the long term to. major league soccer has returned to competitive action for the 1st time in 4 months with a powerful protest against racism before their match into miami and orlando city players fell silent for 8 minutes and 46 seconds that was the amount of time george floyd spent under the knee of many a former minneapolis police officer derek shaaban and the match was held inside a bio secure bubble at the disney wide world of sports complex and a mark the 1st north american professional men's league to return to action since the end that make up ended the sports counter and mid march. let's get a recap of our top stories aren't you a 2nd day and night of violence pushes the serbian police back protesters say they are angry with the government's coronavirus response they claim the president is using the pandemic for his own ambitions. and the global hunger crisis as
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