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>> this is al jazeera america. live from new york city. i'm michael eaves with a look at today's top stories. mass pro-democracy protest in hong kong, people hit with dozens of rounds of tear gas. i.s.i.l. closes in on a border town. paving a way to allow u.s. troops to stay in afghanistan
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past the end of this year. thousands of protesters are on the streets of hong kong right now defying calls by the government to disperse. people are demanding democratic elections. you're looking at live pictures of hong kong. since 1957 hong kong has been a territory of china and operated on a policy of one country, two systems. residents enjoy more civil liberties than people of mainland china but residents say china is slowly taking those freedoms away. police used more than 85 rounds of tear gas, pepper sprays and batons on demonstrators, hong kong stocks have tumbled to a two month low because of the unrest. adrian brown has more now from
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beijing. >> reporter: china's leadership has been restrained in its response to events in hong kong but it's clear they think unnamed countries are behind the unrest. >> translator: we oppose any country that interferes with china's internal affairs. we also firmly oppose any country that supports the occupy central movement in any way. >> reporter: the student led protests in hong kong bring back uncomfortable memories of what happened in beijing more than 25 years ago. when the occupation of tienanmen square ended in bloodshed. but what will china do if unrest worsens in hong kong where it has 6,000 soldiers? >> we do not need to go to the last step. it is very very pragmatic i would say to let the whole process run its true course. in this process, people in hong kong in my best judgment will come to the realization that peace and stability are more
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precious than chaos and instability. >> reporter: but is this another hint of government thinking? the article says, china's armed forces could restore order in hong kong. it appeared on the website of the global times newspaper but has since been deleted. on the streets of beijing most people told us they were unaware of what was happening in hong kong. the few who did know say the protests had gone too far. >> i think they have a legal right to protest but occupying the city center is too aggressive. there must be some outside forces behind this. >> reporter: strict media controls have been tightened. state tv is mentioning the arrest but has not been airing any images. and the photo-sharing service instagram has now been blocked. china hopes the protest it calls illegal will simply taper out, expressing confidence that the hong kong authorities will contain the arrest and insisting
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it will never give in to the protesters demands. a display of solidarity by the students in taiwan, a province china considers a break away island. must be prudent in the way it handles dissent. are. >> translator: it is not only important for the people of taiwan. people of china are watching. >> adrian brown i al jazeera, hg kong. >> divya paul, how huge a problem is this for authorities there? >> reporter: michael it's a massive problem for chinese authorities. before we go on let me set the scene for you here. it's hard to tell exactly how many protesters there are but what i can tell you is that the
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protesterrers extend about 3 kilometers and many of them behind me have fallen asleep but that doesn't mean they haven't dug their heels in. they will stay here until at least day break. this area is even at this time of the evening is quite busy. across the harbor turns pockets of financial areas. now going back to the issue of china, beijing is clearly struggling on how to deal with this. they have clearly said that the electoral reforms are unshakeable and they will not consider them. but at the same time, they are still trying to figure out how to address what these protesters want, which is universal suffrage. >> if you listen to officials from beijing, divya, they will say that these represent a small
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portion of the minority. do you think these protesters actually represent the majority of people who live in hong kong and this is how they actually feel? >> reporter: look, what i can tell you for sure is that these people represent hong kong's youth. there's a large proportion of them who are here, many of them students, many of them under the age of 30. there is support from the older generations who mayor not be as vocal or as willing to sit out on streets. but there is also a group of anti-protesters who call themselves the silent majority and these are the people who are mainly pro-beijing, who are concerned about hong kong's business environment they say this will make hong kong look unstable to investors and these young people should be approaching the issue more cautiously. also, wider, there's an older generation that knows what china
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is capable of, who lived through the 1989 tienanmen crack down, who also are expressing caution although expressing support. >> as you mentioned, those were the memories of tienanmen square. gathering on the montauk, on the island. these protest sites have merged into one big rally, the admiralty, a popular district of the city's main government buildings and protesters have blocked this down to the sogo department store. this was the scene an hour ago, where protesters say they will stay until the hong kong elected is met. >> now to i.s.i.l, turkey has
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moved to secure its border as the i.s.i.l. artillery began landing inside turkey. i.s.i.l. took control of surrounding villages and three miles away from taking kobani. stephanie decker has the latest. >> reporter: the border area around kobani has been extremely tense. shells have fallen inside the town. reports say they hit one school but it was empty. fallout in turkey, shells have been landing here. we have moved away from this area because at some point we were filming and a shell hit a hundred meters away from us in an empty the field. this is a very active front line. protesterless very angry, having to fend for themselves, no one is helping them.
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many even accusing turkey of actively helping i.s.i.l. because i.s.i.l. is very close to these borders. we traveled a little earlier just to the east and you can see their positions from inside turkey. this is a concern why people are so angry. these people were dispersed by tear gas and military. they have tanks that are observing the situation, it's incredibly tense but people are telling you that no one is helping them, i.s.i.l. is upon them and it is the closest they have come to kobani since it was besieged nearly a year ago. >> stephanie decker in turkey. they will are denied entry unless they hand over their weapons, turkey's distrust of fighters alone may bring it into the coalition.
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mike viqueria helps explain the complexity of this situation. mike how does this tension play into obama administration's air strikes against i.s.i.l? >> reporter: well it is a very difficult and complex situation. a glaring are error, the five arab nations joining in the fight, in eastern syria one country missing is turkey, insulik air base, have not been permitted to fly at the behest of the turkish government. there were 49 turkish hostages that were being held by the al nusra front separate from the i.s.i.l. group that kept turkey from acting militarily. those hostages have been released. now turkey is reportedly considering joining the fight, to what extent it remains
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unclear. the root of this involves ancient animosities between the turks and the kurds as well as the al nusra front what their relationship is like with i.s.i.l. itself. their varying goals. now turkey on the hot seat, the president met one to one with president erdogan in new york and they had a phone call. we'll see what the upshot is michael. >> has there been a response from al qaeda on linked fighters on retaliation in the u.s? >> reporter: again you're talking about the al nusra toronto. al nusra of course in sections of western syria not hit by that arab coalition war planes why? because al nusra is dedicated to removing the assad regime. what most arab nations want to see. air strikes hitting al nusra and
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affiliated but distinct from al nusra of course the khorasan group, planning attacks both here and europe. the administration says it has seen threats from al nusra to join forces with i.s.i.l, but threats made against the united states over the weekend they are still assessing they have no comment, michael. >> the president spoke to 60 minutes and said that the u.s. underestimated i.s.i.l.'s rise. the white house tried clarify the president's statement. can you share some details about what this statement is right now? >> not going over well among the president's political opponents, the president referred to i.s.i.l. as the jv team, that wasn't what he really meant. the judgment of capabilities of
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i.s.i.l, first it was the director of national intelligence uranium clapper who said there was -- james clapper who said there was underestimating. the interpretation in washington is that the president is passing the buck and responsibility onto the intelligence community and not taking it for himself. his spokesman josh earnest was forced to clarify today. >> i don't think that's the words the president used, he was clear back in august that nobody predicted the speed and pace with which i.s.i.l. would advance across the syrian border with iraq, and make dramatic gains across the country side in a way that allowed them to hold large chunks of territory prospect. >> reporter: so there was underestimate of i.s.i.l.'s prowess. and overestimation of the iraqi willingness to fight and we've seen the result of that michael.
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>> mike viqueria reporting live from washington, thank you. >> israel prime minister benjamin netanyahu, in his address to u.n. general assembly, compared i.s.i.l. to hamas, the limbs of the same poison oust tree. james bays from the u.n. >> last week was a jewish holiday and during his speech he attacked president abbas, he attacked the iranian regime but his main point was about the threat from what he said was militant islam. >> leading states in the arab world increasingly recognize that together, have we and they face many of the same dangers. and principally this means a nuclear armed iran and militant
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islamist movements gaining ground in the sunni world. our challenge is to transform these common interests. to create a productive partnership. one that would build a more secure, peaceful and prosperous middle east. >> reporter: earlier i.s.i.l. was also mentioned by the syrian deputy prime minister and foreign milpitas, moaed molem, when he spoke to the general assembly. in his speech he didn't make much mention of the u.s. air strikes that have been taking place for over a week now. but he did say this. >> translator: the syrian arab republic reiterates that it stands with any international effort aimed at fighting and combating terrorism and stresses this must be done within the framework of respecting national sovereignty and national conventions. >> reporter: as the scientist
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session of the u.n. general assembly draws to a close, the focus of the general assembly was very much on i.s.i.l, a security council meeting with heads of state around the table deciding to take action on foreign fighters. president obama has built his coalition but there are members of the coalition with very different ideas on the strategy going forward. >> james bays reporting from the u.n. tonight, in afghanistan, a new president walks the halls of the palace. ashraf ghani. jennifer glasse reports. >> protecting the rights and interest of the afghan people. ashraf ghani ahmedzai was sworn in. creating a new job chief executive to be filled by his
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former rival, abdalla. the two have been locked in a dispute over the election that delayed the inauguration for nearly three months. now they must work together in a unity government. abdalla says it will make the changes afghanistan needs. >> translator: based on the agreement of national unity government we are in a government for the sake of reforms. in all political and social sectors of the government we are together. afghanistan today needs national unity, security and prosperity, based on the agreement for national unity, economic development and administrative reforms as required by the nation of afghanistan we are committed. >> reporter: ghani in his his
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inaugust ratioinauguration spee. >> we have a huge economic challenge that needs to be tackled immediately. but overall i think a rule of law is something that needs immediate attention. >> reporter: before the ceremony hamid karzai reviewed the presidential fard last time as leader. promised to help the new government in his new role as citizen. are confidence has been shane after months of political deadlock. it was all smiles after the new leaders promised to leave the past behind. a chance to show afghans that the new unity government can work together.
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jennifer glasse, al jazeera, kabul. >> keeping thousands of u.s. troops on the ground when the u.n. combat mission ends in december. this bilateral agreement will protect u.s. citizens from prosecution under afghan law. the trial against mohamed morsi has adjourned. morsi and 35 others are charged with collaborating with foreign organizations like hamas and hezbollah with leaking secrets. toxic gases and ash are still erupting from a volcano in japan. so far more than 35 bodies have been recovered near the top of mount ontake. the volcano erupted without
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warning on saturday. at least 250 were liking on the mountain when it started smuingg gas and ash. hundreds of flight cancellations in chicago still today after an arson fire at air traffic control last week. and now the head of faa is ordering massive review of security protocols. lisa stark reports. >> trying to get air of traffic to some semblance of normal in the u.s. a review of all air traffic facilities both security features and contingency plans for emergencies. work is underway to repair chicago's communication center, 20 of 29 pieces of communications equipment were destroyed. authorities say it could take until mid december to get
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chicago center up and running. other facilities are taking up the slab. the good news is midway, where southwest is the biggest airline, cancellations are minimal. but for the passengers it has been a nightmare. >> all because of one person. it's so infewer rate 88th -- infuriating. it's sad it took this but it's just -- you know so frustrating when it impacts so many people. >> reporter: that one person brian howard worked at the center for eight years. he had security clearance. friday morning he had to show his i.d. and swipe his card and he went inside. once there he allegedly set fire tot communications equipment and then tried commit suicide by cutting his wrist and his throat. now are chicago senator dick
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durbin is calling for an investigation on faa workers. meantime the administrator of the faa says depending on his review, changes will be made if necessary. >> lisa stark reporting. brian howard is appearing for the first time since being charged. if he is foundably di found guid be sentenced to up to 20 years in prison and $20,000 fine. he mentioned this on fraibs fack prior to this incident. a judge says detroit's controversial water shutoffs can continue. fleeing isil's brutality >> the refugees have flooded this small town... >> can they survive? don't miss primetime news on al jazeera america all this week
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>> stocks started a new trading week on a low note. the unrest in hong kong and speculation over whether the federal reserve would raise interest rates caused stocks to tumble. the dow fell 42 points to 17,071. the nasdaq and s&p 500 also
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fell. the detroit controversial water shutoff policy is here to stay. a judge made a ruling saying he will not stop the shutoffs, many people are losing water service every day because of unpaid water bills. bisi onile-ere says it's a battle over water and human rights. >> we come here with our hearts heavy for those who have lost water from all over this city. >> reporter: he doesn't have the authority to intervene. that is one reason u.s. bankruptcy judge steven rose voted against stopping the water shutoffs. in a lengthy ruling the judge says there is no constitutional rights to free water and a city opportunity throes of bankruptcy cannot afford to have the water bills unpaid. this has left many people outraged. >> this is not just a social crisis. this is a moral crisis.
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how morally inept could the bankruptcy court be that he could sit there in that courtroom, listen to the testimonies of those who have tried to have access to water, and who have been denied continuously and still not grant restraint? >> reporter: in a lawsuit sincerely a dozen low income residents asked the judge to issue a six month moratorium on the shutoffs so that both sides could work on a new customer affordability plan. during two days of hearings, some who have lived without running water for months tearfully took the stand. in a city plagued by poverty, their attorney argued that access to water is a human right. the plan now is to appeal. >> in the next few weeks, the u.n. will be here. we're going to stay in the trenches because it's one person, one family don't have water in detroit your family is next. >> reporter: so far over 24,000 accounts have been shut
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off this year. the city says up to 400 people are losing water service each day. attorneys for the city defend the shutoff policy, saying a new ten-point plan that is providing financial help to those in need is working. and detroit's bankruptcy judge agreed. bisi onile-ere, al jazeera, detroit. >> a new afghan president paving the way for u.s. troops in afghanistan past the end of this year. coming up what that means for relations between the two countries.
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may come as soon as tomorrow. the military wants to keep more than 10,000 troops in afghanistan in a train-and-support role when the combat mission ends in december. rosalyn jordan has more. >> the u.s. finally gets what it wants in afghanistan, a training and support position. the u.s. is anticipating the imminent signature of a bilateral security agreement or bsa that would allow it to change the way it engages with afghan security forces. it is also looking forward to a presidency in which they believe ashraf ghani will be better positioned to deal with the taliban as a destabilizing force but also deal with the matters of corruption in trying to restore internal security in his
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country. >> rosalyn jordan reporting for us from washington. scott smith we appreciate your time today. now that it appears that this bilateral security agreement will be signed as early as tomorrow, help us understand the overall importance of this agreement between the united states and afghanistan. >> yeah, i think the first thing is that the consequences of the bsa not being signed would have meant premature withdrawal of u.s. troops at least against expectations in afghanistan at the end of this year. and i think that would have been catastrophic for confidence of the afghan military force he and it would have added to the great deal of uncertainty that the afghans fell in an already uncertain year. this year was after all a year, with handover of power to a new
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president, with that handover happening, the bsa being signed and a greater certainty of what the u.s. role would be in afghanistan, that would restore a certain amount of confidence that will be restored. at least in the near term. >> president karzai could sign this agreement quite a while ago, quite frankly, he drug his feet over the elections of the summer. is there any long lasting damage from this process taking so long? >> i think there have been significant costs. there have been economic costs, in terms of forgone revenue, in terms of economic activity which has been delayed, investments and so forth. i think there's been a cost in terms of the confidence that people have in their own institutions and their leaders. and in their constitution. and i think there's been -- also it's been a very heavy fighting season. the taliban has taken advantage of this vacuum of leadership and
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it has hit hard over the security forces. these costs are serious, many the new government probably faces an empty treasury, nearly empty treasury. they will have to overcome those costs. >> the taliban, let's start there, that's why the u.s. forces went there in the first place to deal with that group. now that they've had somewhat of a resurgence if you will, temper that word a little bit, but at least on the process of the elections and the economy over the last several months, what threat or fear is there that once these u.s. troops leave that the taliban could once again take over power as they had for so many years prior to u.s. intervention, is that a fear not only in the united states but also from afghanistan? >> yes, i think there has been that fear. and i think that fear would have been much greater if the bsa weren't assigned and the continuation of the u.s. support
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financially and in terms of training for afghan army if that hadn't happened. the afghan army, the national security force has actually done a very good job in fighting the taliban and in keeping them from making significant gains, despite the fact that throughout this period, throughout this past two years they've been receiving dmshed amount diminist from the u.s. troops in afghanistan. there is expectation that they won't be able to take over the country like they did in 1996. if they came to the same analysis would they be willing to come to negotiation process? president ghani in his first inauguration speech said it would be a priority for his administration but the other side has to play. >> besides being sworn in,
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president ghawn created ghani a position for his presidential opponent abdalla abdalla. how important is it for afghanistan to get its economy back up to a more profitable level, as it relates not only to this stability of the country but also its security? >> yeah, well it's extremely important as i mentioned before, you have the immediate important importance of the shortfall of revenue. i think donors will come in and help out with that. but a loss of business is cf, confidence. sustained many of the urban economies so there's a huge need for afghanistan to begin to develop indigenous source he of revenue and produce in order for the country to be able to survive. now i think the chief executive
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name as you mentioned is misleading. it's sort of a de facto prime minister but since afghanistan is by definition a presidential system they've come up with this term chief executive office. we know ashraf ghani, the new president has an idea how to rebuilder his country, he has written a book on the subject, he was a finance minister before. probably more he rather than doctor abdalla, will take the leadership on this but the two of them really appoint together, appoint good people to the ministries that matter, so that short term threatening problem can be resolved quickly. >> scott smith, thank you for the insight. >> thank you. >> let's get caught up from other news from around america.
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ines is back. how are you? >> hi michael. more arrests in ferguson, missouri, protesters over the shooting of michael brown. a police officer was shot over the weekend, not life threatening, they believe the shooting is not related to the protests over brown's death. >> it didn't happen within the proximity of the protest area. this is an area that is fairly secluded. i wouldn't have worry that it was linked in any way shape manner or form with the protests. it doesn't seem to be that way. >> this officer had a body camera but it was shut off. a police officer was shot on sunday also with nonthreatening to life injuries.
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eric frein has been on the run for two weeks, armed with a high powered rifle. several children from the denver, colorado area who has been tested positive for the e entrentroenterovirus. we reported on a number of eants islam ads that would be running on -- antiislam ads. one of the most controversial ads was pulled, it shows james foley in the moments before he was beheaded by i.s.i.l.
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foley's family called for the pulling of the ad. >> very disturbing. yes means yes, a new law in california that changes how colleges handle sexual assault. we'll have details and talk to someone who helicopte helped thw rules.
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>> california is now the first state requiring its colleges to look into whether alleged victims of sexual assault said yes to sex instead of whether they said no. governor jerry brown signed the yes means yes la bill into law. roxana saberi is here. >> the question will be whether both sides said yes. >> consent is never force course assumed or implied. >> colleges, will now on have to ask whether both sides consented to sex whether one side said no. it will take the burden off the victims. >> we're starting to shift the
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dialogue from no means no to yes means yes. it's also important for students who feel that they, because they didn't say no, that they don't have -- that they don't have a case, that they can't report it to the university. >> the new law says consent should be conscious and voluntary. it explains lack of protest or resistance doesn't mean consent nor does silence mean consent. >> it's difficult to say no if you've been drugged, if you're too drunk to say no. there are a lot of situations where survivors don't say no. or they've been coerced. >> reporter: but critics say the law is vague and impractical because it requires consent to be ongoing. >> what we're asking for is for partners in a potential sexual relationship and a sexual encounter to get permission at each stage of the progression, mean is it okay if i kiss you, is it okay if i touch you?
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is it okay if we go from second base, third base? it's kind of ridiculous. >> the los angeles times said, it's so intrusive to micromanage, to tell students what challenges they face in their dorm rooms. the playful approach that showed consent could be sexy. >> want to have sex? >> oh never! have ah! >> other universities have defined consent on their websites. victims advocates say the result is the same. >> three words, is this okay, it really does make a huge difference. >> reporter: these changes come as more than 70 universities are under federal investigation how they handle swam assault complaints. they include the university
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of california berkeley and ucla. they want the consent to be verbal but that part of the bill was removed so consent could come in the form of a smile or nod. >> roxana, thank you. let's dive into the issues a little more. savannah is a student survivor of sexual assault, worked on sb 907, the confirmed assault bill. this issue is very personal to you. your feelings now that this law has been signed into law in california. >> it's mazing. i don't think i'll are able to put into words, not only will this prevent sexual assault to happen on our campuses, till promote a more healing and open atmosphere and culture on our campus. the one that currently exists is one of silence and stigma.
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>> obviously when you get into bills and laws there's going to be criticism on both sides of it. including from assembly woman kristin law. i want to get your being be impression. >> they have to be ongoing affirmative responses. >> what would you say to her and other critics of this bill? >> well, you have to ask for consent throughout a sexual encounter. it's not as if you are going to sign a contract next to the bed stand. that's not how consent works. i know the video you are alluding to had positive reactions to it. when we do being being seminars we give examples of how to give consent and refuse consent. survivors when they come forward their silence being used against them. why at any time you say no, why
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didn't you fight back? those things will not be used against us anymore, it evens the playing field. >> obviously sexual assault not only on college campuses but around the world, probably is something ha that hasn't had enh attention. that being said, what dangers are there that you put a blanket policy on what consent is, and how people implement it? does the practical implementation of the law in everyday sexual situations? >> yes, definitely. there's a practical application for the law, and we're teaching it now. we started in our new student orientations in our transfer orientations you do workshops and have conversations on how to practice giving and receiving consent. many students come into our universities with what different understandings of what sex ed is, they have had abstinence only or rather than a healthy relationship and how to ask for
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sex. this is how to implement it. it's not as rigorous as people will seem. they love talking about it, affirmative consent is sexy, it's exciting, it's enthusiastic. >> savannah that's obviously your take to say it's sexy. i actually spoke to three survivors of sexual assault today and they did not share the same viewpoint you have as it relates to giving a yes consent. it's one thing no means no, you can do it physically, you can do it verbally but in this law it's kind of vague you can give a head nod to give consent as to having ask permission basically to move along in certain steps in a sexual encounter. doesn't that vagueness also call into question what could happen in a sexual situation and isn't there a danger there in trying to say what is actual consent? because if you approach someone your mind it could be one way, it could be perceived a different way? >> no, no, i get that. that's not necessarily how it
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would work in practice. during the sexual encounter, you could ask what would you want me to do to you, like how can we continue going further? do you like what i'm doing? it's not as stop and go as people are making it seem. and in regards to survivors, not exactly are being worried about how that ambiguity would work out in adjudication process. what it basically does is it protects students who are survivors from if you said no so many times and stopped saying anything at all, if it was your friend and you don't want to start back and you're scared, that can't be used against you. that's the whole part of the consent yul ye wall yulual yes . it was my friend who hurt me. i was never taught to hit my
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friend. >> well maybe if we can use yes means yes and no means no both, we can put a dent in sexual assault in college campuses. savannah thank you for joining us. >> thank you. >> justices seem to be picking up where they leave off, many hope the court will rule once and for all whether gay marriage bans are constitutional or not. ash-har quraishi reports. >> i feet like rosa parks. you know? we need to get rid of discrimination. there are so many bigger things that are out there to fight. >> reporter: the two have been together for 13 years but indiana's ban on same sex marriage means they can't get married where they live. >> i've lived in indiana my entire life, i don't plan on moving. that's why we're fighting this
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battle. i don't plan to leave the state of indiana. i love the state of indiana even though they might not love who i am. >> last year, the state denied entry of bonny in her care. >> i actually broke all my knuckles open pounding on the door so hard. they finally let me in. >> the two are part of baskin versus boggan. currently, 39 states ban same sex marriage, in june the courts ruled indiana's ban on gay marriage was unconstitutional because it violated the equal protection clause. an organization is representing lynn and bonnie and four other couples in indiana.
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>> this case, if the supreme court decides to take it. >> since last summer there have been 21 consecutive supreme court cases which ruled a ban on same sex marriage unconstitutional. >> the very thing that makes the supreme court more likely to take this, the pace of change is so quickly, also, makes certain members of the supreme court wary of doing so because they are aware that they are pushing social change on some people who are still very resistant to it. >> reporter: though they never expected to see it in their lifetimes, lynn and bonny are preparing for the possibility that they may soon be able to send out invitations and walk down the aisle. >> i am so blessed, not only being with bonny being legally married to her but we've already gotten our wedding bands and
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during the last period of time we became engaged. >> ash-har quraishi, al jazeera, chesterton, indiana. protesting in hong kong. despite a blackout in china, the protests are going viral on social media. details next. >> hello i'm ray suarez, what options are left for beijing, one country two systems promised. join us at the top of the hour for "inside story."
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>> for the last 80 years we've had federal laws to prevention child labor here in america. but many other countries do not. al jazeera step vasson went to an island to look at racing
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firsthand. >> he became one of the island's most popular jockeys. he's fast, furious, and feather-light. for decades, he raised horses on zambawa, during that time. the riders have provided the owners the light weight edge they wanted over the competitors, in a sport fueled by gambling. >> translator: i'm mostly afraid of the small hoarse because they are still wild and when people start hitting the horses i'm afraid to fall. >> his dad can't raise any more, his fall left him unconscious for several days and when he woke up he was partially paralyzed. even after that, they have no
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choice but allowing him to keep racing. when he does he makes arounds $70 a day. >> if we don't allow him, my daughter cannot go to college. her little brothers are providing her education. >> neither have saddles or protective gear. minutes after he fell he was forced to race again. they are national child protection laws in the country but on zambawa, the races and gambling on this largely muslim island, the police and local officials are unapologetic. >> if you want to protect the children we have to discuss this first with all that's involved, with the horse owners. just change the rule because this is our tradition and the
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tradition is above any law. >> some ask why the child jockeys are still allowed to ride without protection? one of those is photographer roma bilboa. who for decades have photographed the many tradition. >> what we want is a regional regulation that forbids children under 15 to become jockeys. there has to be strict regulations. >> this family has already paid a high price but for now an eight-year-old boy will continue to race at high speed without the protection he deserves. step fasson, al jazeera, zambawa. >> the protesters in hong kong, despite china's strict rules.
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>> live tweeting about the demonstrations, one of them is samuel chew and his father is one of the occupy central hong kong organizers and samuel has been adding photographs and videos to his live tweets. i spoke to him earlier today. take a look. >> social media only works if there's good organizing and good organizing means there's actually people on the ground and the culture gets built up on the streets where the people are. what you're seeing is social media taking off because there is a very disciplined strong network of connections on the ground. >> and a group of university journalism students started a facebook page just to verify information for protesters, such as street entrance hs to use and
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where to find first aid stations. they've been documenting things like where to find food, supplies many water here. people going around collecting garbage and recycling where they can. they have signs of where to find first aid stations with university medical students appearing there and this woman here is showing a map of where to exit, in case of tear gas. and people who know about tear gas are ferguson demonstrators they have been showing their support as well with this tweet for example, some demonstrators holding up this sign, "stay strong ferguson, hong kong," michael. >> especially people who want to implement social change. correct? >> absolutely. there's so much information going on on the ground, they really need to organize themselves and make sure all that information is verified and people know where to find things where to go.
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>> and everyone has tmg i techny in their pocket especially in hong kong. thanks for watching this edition of al jazeera america news. "inside story" is next with ray suarez. >> one country, two systems? china, hong kong, it's "inside story." hello, i'm ray soares, since 1997, when the british left their crown colony and returned it to