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this is bbc news. i'm lewis vaughan jones with the latest headlines for viewers in the uk and around the world. the police chief in the us city of atlanta resigns a day after an officer shot dead a black man. far right protesters clash with police in central london, saying they're protecting a statue of winston churchill. in paris, clashes as anti—racist protesters demonstrate against police brutality. the canadian prime minister calls for an independent investigation after the violent arrest of an indigenous chief is caught on police camera. and a socially distanced official birthday parade for queen elizabeth, a scaled—down celebration at windsor castle.
hello and welcome to bbc news. we start in the united states. we've just received some video of an african—american man being shot and killed by a police officer in atlanta on friday. and a warning — these pictures are disturbing. the video we are about to show is from the security camera outside a fast—food restaurant. the 27—year—old black man, rayshard brooks, was running from police. we've freezed the video there. but immediately after this point, rayshard brooks was shot by the police. police had been called to the restaurant after receiving reports a man had fallen asleep in his car and was blocking the drive—thru. the georgia bureau of investigations has taken up the case. here's their director with more on what we just saw.
it does appear in the video that he is fleeing from the atla nta that he is fleeing from the atlanta police officers, that as he is fleeing, he turned back over his shoulder with what appears to the naked eye to bea what appears to the naked eye to be a taser that eyewitnesses told us they saw the individual have that belong to one of the officers, and as he turned it over, you will be able to see on the video the atlanta officers literally reach down to get his service weapon, and as he gets his weapon, rayshard brooks begins turning his buddy away from him i presume to flee and it looks like this when the discharge of the weapon goes off. atlanta's chief of police has already stepped down, while the city's mayor has issued this statement. while there may be debate as to whether this was an appropriate use of deadly force, i firmly believe that there is a clear distinction between what you can do and what you should do.
ido can do and what you should do. i do not believe that this was a justified use of deadly force and have called for the immediate termination of the officer. the chief has been a solid member of apd for over two decades and has a deep and abiding love for the people of atla nta. abiding love for the people of atlanta. and because of her desire that atalanta be a model of what meaningful reform should look like across this country, the chief has offered to immediately step aside as police chief so that the city may move forward with urgency in rebuilding the trust so desperately needed throughout oui’ desperately needed throughout our communities. here in the uk, police have been hit with bottles and cans during clashes with far—right activists in central london. the confrontations came after large crowds gathered, some of whom claimed to want to protect statues such
as that of winston churchill from anti—racism demonstrators. afterwars, prime minister borisjohnson said "racist thuggery had no place on our streets." this report from tom symonds contains some violent scenes from the start. there had been some peaceful protesting. but it wasn't long before this started, throughout the day, the police have been repeatedly attacked. shouting these lines of officers were there to keep the protesters apart from an anti—racism demonstration nearby. this team were pushed back from outside parliament. the crowd broke through. they attacked photographers. chanting
we tried to ask some of those protesting why they had come. report the truth! i am asking to speak to you so i can report what your truth is. it is quite hard for us to ask these protesters what their demands are. we have faced threats today. they are from a variety of backgrounds, different groups, from right—wing activist organisations and organised football fans as well. the one thing they say they aren't is racist. the clearest motivation today — protecting, in the protesters‘ words, the statues in this area. though winston churchill, nelson mandela and the others had already been covered up. one protester, who would talk, said he felt churchill, british history were under attack. come on! i mean, he had some racist views, but at the end of the day, he led us through our darkest hour. i mean, you know... i'm from south london. i've grown up with black people.
we're all working class who live side by side. nobody here has an issue with blm. some antiracism protesters did gather today in central london, but black lives matter brought forward its latest events to yesterday to avoid trouble, though there were still some scaffolds. we have power to change... at a blm event in newcastle, the organisers said there had been threats. we have received a lot of opposition and threats from far right groups and whatnot, so we had to keep this quite low—key. and elsewhere in the city, the tension was clear on the streets, but nothing to compare with london. including scenes like this. police are investigating the memorial is to pc keith palmer murdered there in a terror attack in 2017. the prime minister tweeted: this from the home secretary. the individuals that are basically
putting the safety of our police officers and the safety the public at risk will expect to face the full force of the law. it went on and on. waterloo station this evening. a massive police operation‘s been needed to restore order, 100 arrests, another six officers injured, protesters too, including this man, carried to safety. but an angry day is finally over. tom symonds, bbc news, central london. moving to france now where there have been clashes between protesters and police in several cities across the country. demonstrators are demanding an end to racism in french society under the black lives matter movement following the death of george floyd in the united states. police fired tear gas after crowds threw fireworks and bottles. rich preston has this report. demonstrations were most intense in the capital, paris.
it also took place in marseille, nice and leon. in the capital, 15,000 gathered. they said suppose glory of republic doesn't apply to lack people. rallies which started peacefully intensified. some protesters through fireworks, models and paving stones. police fired back with tear gas. 0fficials police fired back with tear gas. officials say more than 20 people were arrested, including 12 far right activists to draped a white lives matter from an apartment block. the killing of george floyd in the united states has sparked a global wave of protests against racism. many cse parallels with the death of a 24—year—old parisien in police custody in 2016. the police officers involved in the death were exhilarated. these people say justice hasn't been done. translation: the death ofjosh ashman george floyd echoed the
death of my little brother. what is happening in the united states is exactly what is happening in france. our brothers are dying. there is a fractious relationship between police and ethnic minorities in france with frequent allegations of victimisation and excessive force. french officials say they will take a zero tolerance approach to racism in law enforcement and have band restraints like chokehold is. police unions deny racism is rampant within the ranks. intense feelings of discrimination and unfairness have caused emotions run high across france, but many say once the fog has lifted, much needs to be done to address this demick racism in french society. —— systemic racism. david chazan, a journalist in paris, has spent much of the day out on the streets of the french capital. the police say that about 15,000 demonstrators gathered in place de la republique in the heart of paris. that's where i was, and i'm sure there were at least that number of people there.
and the protests were generally peaceful, but some demonstrators did throw fireworks at the police, who responded with tear gas. now, most of the protesters had dispersed by the time i left a few minutes ago, but there were still a few left, and police were clearing the square. riot police with shields and helmets prevented the protesters from carrying out their plan to march from place de la republique through paris to the place de l‘opera, but they did allow the rally to go ahead in the place de la republique and thousands of protesters also gathered in other french cities, in particular highlighting that case you mentioned of adama traore, a young black man who died in the custody of french police. lots of similarities and parallels being made between his death and
george floyd's death. let's get some of the day's other news. four european countries have signed a deal with the pharmaceutical giant, astrazeneca, in the hope of vaccinating up to 400 million people against coronavirus from the end of the year. the deal is the first signed by an alliance of germany, france, italy and the netherlands to secure doses for all eu member states. russia has reported more than 8,000 new coronavirus cases on saturday, raising its total to over 520,000. it means the country has the third—highest figure in the world after the united states and brazil. its official death toll stands at nearly 7,000, many times lower than the figure seen in other countries with serious outbreaks. canadians have been reacting to disturbing footage, which has emerged,
showing police punching and applying a choke hold on an indigenous chief in alberta. it's prompted the prime minister to call for an independent inquiry into the incident. the release of the video coincides with recent protests in canada, calling for police reform in the wake of the death of george floyd in the us. reged ahmad reports. and a warning — some viewers may find some of the following scenes upsetting. it's nearly 12 minutes of difficult—to—watch dashcam footage. initially, there are tense exchanges. chief allan adam grows increasingly frustrated with police officers. an officer and mr adam continue in heated argument. as the situation deteriorates and more officers arrive, one is seen running, tackling mr adam to the ground. he repeatedly punches him while shouting, "don't resist," as bystanders plead with him to stop. before this footage was released publicly, police said they had viewed the video and found the officer's actions reasonable. mr adam later
released a picture of injuries he says he sustained in the attack. the incident is now being investigated by the alberta serious response team, but the canadian prime minister is calling for an independent inquiry. and he and other officials are now talking about racism in the royal canadian mounted police. the events that have been brought to light over the past days highlight that, without question, there is systemic discrimination within our institutions, including within the rcmp. we need to move forward to correct that. mr trudeau, seen here taking a knee at a recent anti—racism protest in ottawa, has himself faced serious criticisms of his government's track record on indigenous issues — and personal allegations, too of racism after photos surfaced of him in blackface. but this latest footage of mr adam's violent arrest comes at a time
when the black lives matter demonstrations in canada — initially denouncing the death of george floyd in the us — have prompted a wider discussion about race and policing in canada. since covid, since april, we've had nine deaths from the hands of police in this country of indigenous people, and that has to stop. a country normally known for its politeness and multiculturalism, canada has its own history of violence against indigenous people to contend with. many will be hoping this is a galvanising moment, when things finally start to change. reged ahmad, bbc news. you're watching bbc news. i'm lewis vaughan jones. i'm lewis vaughanjones. our top stories: the chief of police in the american city of atlanta has resigned — a day after officers shot dead a black man. she said the police needed to rebuild trust. the british prime minister, boris johnson, has condemned what he called "racist thuggery" following attacks
on the police by crowds of protesters, including far right activists, in central london. thousands of volunteers are being recruited to test an experimental coronavirus vaccine developed by oxford university. the whole process is a race against time because the fewer cases there are in the community, the harder it is to see if the vaccine is working. 500 of those volunteers are front—line health workers in cambridge. our science correspondent, richard westcott went to meet some of them. the best way to test a vaccine is to give it to an army of volunteers and see how many go on to catch the virus. so, lucy, you have literally just had a vaccine. why have you got involved? you work on intensive care, don't you, as a nurse? yeah, that's right. i thinkjust seeing first—hand the devastation that covid—19 has caused, really, it was a no—brainer for me, ifelt like i had to.
what have the last few weeks been like? devastating. for the patients and more so for the families who haven't been able to be there by their relatives' side through some horrendous weeks. it normally takes months to set up a big trial like this. a volunteer every 15 minutes, on a conveyor belt of tests and checks, before they are given either the experimental new vaccine or another control vaccine. they aren't told which. so none of this would have happened without jo, who's the head nurse here. she's organised us absolutely meticulously for the last four weeks. so, jo, you're the boss? yes! how complex has this been? this has been a very complex thing to organise because we're trying to get through a lot of people in a short period of time for the screening and for the vaccination, and we're also working together with three hospitals, so there's three different sets of nurses that have worked together, and it's all gone amazingly well. across britain, 10,000 volunteers will trial
this oxford university vaccine, including 500 in old rival cambridge. they're all frontline health workers because they need people who are regularly exposed to the virus. well, i'm a doctor here and i've seen what covid does. i'm just fed up with it. i want to do all i can to get rid of it. of course, what people want to know, always, is when might you have some results? when might you know if it's going to work or not? well, i think oxford have been saying that they would hope to have some results or some preliminary results by the autumn or by christmas of this year. and certainly, at the moment, as you're aware, vaccination production has been scaled up massively, so if the trial is shown to be beneficial, they will be able to roll out vaccinations very speedily. there are no guarantees that this vaccine will work, but the research is being fast tracked because everyone hopes it's a way out of this crisis. richard westcott, bbc news, cambridge. one of the industries that's been hit hardest
by the coronavirus lockdown is tourism. borders have been closed and people have been unable to travel, so a holiday was out of the question. in many places restrictions are now being eased, but some are calling for restraint — as the bbc‘s tim allman explains. venice is not open for business. at least that's the message these venetians want you to hear. a human chain and a giant banner stretched out over one of the city's famous canals. the people here calling for responsible tourism. visitors are already returning the famous palace has reopened its doors. but locals are calling for quality, not necessarily quantity. we hope to have, in the future, slow tourism. slow tourism. this is very
important. it means not less tourism, but better, good organisation. this is the first thing. around 30 million people visit venice each year, a city with a native population of little more than 50,000 stop many only come for the day, bringing little income to the local economy. and residents say many neighbourhoods are being ruined by landlords who turn rental properties into holiday lets, prizing out those who live here. then there's the cruise ships. larger vessels we re cruise ships. larger vessels were banned from parts of the city after this crash last summer. city after this crash last summer. their absence and then the lockdown has meant cleaner waterways, a cleaner venice. that's the dilemma. these people need tourism, but they don't want to much. are they protesting against the one thing that will get venice back on its feet. tim allman, bbc news.
cuba can claim some success in battling coronavirus. according to health officials there, no—one has died from covid—19 on the caribbean island for eleven days. however, the economic impact for a country which like italy, is also dependent on tourism is significant, as our cuba correspondent, will grant reports. military vehicles roam the streets of old havana, deousing them with disinfectant and water in the cuban government's successful drive to contain the spread of covid—19. normally these streets would be awash with tourists but restrictions on foreign visitors will stay in place until august. that is difficult news for cuba's economy which could contract by 6% this year. especially its private sector. once heralded as the next economic motor, the administration was confident that more private business would bring more democracy, more change to the island. now economists predict one in three cuban private businesses may close
from the pandemic. this japanese restaurant in havana has turned to delivery and has cut their prices in half to stay afloat. we don't expect to do that to have profits with these offers. we are running and maintaining the workers having some support, some cash. it is less work and less salary but it is something. it is better than nothing. they can employ motorcycle couriers but many businesses cannot innovate. from private homes offering tourist accommodation to taxi drivers, the main source of income has completely dried up. since the reduction in us visitors, the private sector has been struggling anyway. so it was very much the main beneficiary but it was already suffering. the private sector
it's wonderful when you have a boom going on but when you have a problem you are much more vulnerable. despite their mutual distrust, some private businesses in to help the cuban state. this artist and sculpto produced face shields for local hospitals. "we donated some of the plastic and pvc but as we got going, the raw materials started to come from the healthcare system itself," he explains. in a rare example of private and state partnership. hava na's famous seawall that normally bustles with life lies empty. in the current crisis the government has offered business some tax relief but entrepreneurs expect little further support from the communist run state. the private sector in cuba is resilient and has overcome past crises but coronavirus may prove one obstacle too great.
queen elizabeth's official birthday has been marked with a military ceremony in the grounds of windsor castle. the traditional trooping the colour on horse guards parade in london was cancelled because of the coronavirus pandemic. the queen was the only member of the royal family attending the celebration — as our royal correspondent, nicholas witchell reports. a birthday parade for changed times with windsor castle substituting for horse guards parade. there were no crowds and no cavalry. but under perfect summer skies, into the castle's central quadrangle, marched the soldiers who form the castle guard, accompanied by the rather less than massed ranks of the band of the household division. and, on this, the day that officially marks her 94th birthday, the queen was there to watch. she emerged accompanied by officials from the castle
where she's been in isolation with her husband since the start of the coronavirus lockdown. social distancing was very much the order of the day. the soldiers, from the welsh guards, were all standing at least two metres apart. all the troops had learned new marching techniques to maintain safe distances. this was something called feathering. watching intently, the guest of honour. a birthday celebration this may have been, but we shouldn't forget that windsor castle has been the hub of the monarchy during the lockdown. it was from here that the queen broadcast to the nation at the heart of the pandemic. today, there was a note of hope that, very slowly and carefully, life can be restored to a version of normality. nicholas witchell, bbc news.
a reminder of our top story: the chief of police in the us city of atlanta has resigned after police shot dead a black man on friday. this is after weeks of nationwide unrest over the killing of george floyd in minneapolis. a warning these pictures are disturbing. the video we are about to show is from the security camera outside a fast—food restaurant. the 27—year—old black man, rayshard brooks, was running from police. we've frozen the video there. but immediately after this point he was shot by an officer. police say he was shot after failing a sobriety test, resisting arrest and fleeing. hundreds of protesters are now gathering in atlanta. we will bring you more on this story as we get it here on bbc news. and that's it. you can reach me on twitter. i'm @lvaughanjones.
i'm lewis vaughan jones i'm lewis vaughanjones and this is bbc news. bye—bye. hello again. the next few days will bring a real mixture of weather across the uk, just like we saw during the first half of the weekend. the sunshine in the north—west of wales lifted temperatures to a high of 25.5 degrees here. whereas the low cloud, the fog that affected eastern scotland meant the temperature in edinburgh was only 12 degrees in the afternoon. we also saw quite a few heavy and thundery showers breaking out, but we've still got this area of low pressure sitting close to the south—west. that's where we had more frequent showers earlier on. and there may well be some further thundery showers breaking out on sunday, but large parts of the uk will be dry, warm and humid as well. it will start off grey and misty and murky, though, across much of scotland and the north east of england. that low cloud retreating back to coastal areas, and we'll see some sunny spells developing.
that will trigger some showers, particularly into the afternoon across parts of england and wales. it may stay dry in the south—east of england. there won't be as many showers in the south—west. the main focus of the thundery showers breaking out probably across wales and the midlands. further north, some sunshine, but also areas of low cloud lapping onto coasts of north—east england and affecting eastern scotland. so it's likely to be about ten degrees warmer, perhaps, in western scotland than the eastern side of the country. there may be a bit of rain up towards aberdeenshire. those heavy showers, though, continuing through the evening across england and wales, tending to fade away as the sun goes down. but as we move into the beginning of the week, we've still got this very warm and muggy air and an area of low pressure sitting close to the uk, so that's a recipe for more heavy and thundery showers to break out. again, there'll be a lot of low cloud starting the day across scotland and the north east of england, tending to lift in most areas. but when we get some sunshine coming through, that'll bubble up the showers again, more especially for the western side of the uk. and again, those temperatures will typically be reaching around about the low 20s or so.
and as we move into tuesday as well, it's a similar sort of story. perhaps not so much of that low cloud in the north east of the uk, some sunshine, but more showers more widely on tuesday. notjust in the west this time, and again they could be heavy and thundery and they're not going to move very far at all, so some torrential downpours and temperatures into the low 20s. not a great deal changing, really, through wednesday and thursday. more heavy and thundery showers to come. probably a bit drier on friday.
this is bbc news. the headlines: the chief of police in the american city of atlanta has resigned a day after her officers shot dead a black man. video appears to show that the man, rayshard brooks, had one of the officers' tasers in his hand as he tried to flee. more than 100 people have been arrested at a protest in central london where demonstrators, including far—right activists, clashed with police. a crowd surrounded a statue of sir winston churchill, which was boarded up after it was vandalised during the black lives matter demonstration last weekend. french police have clashed with protesters in several cities where thousands of people demonstrated against racism and allegations of police brutality. marchers in paris demanded justice for adama traore, a 24—year—old black man who died four years ago when he was pinned down by police officers in the city.
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