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♪ >> this is "dw news" live from berlin. tonight at the border between belarus and the european union, from standoff to stand down. the leader of belarus has reportedly agreed to talks with the migrant crisis. in his second phone call with the german chancellor, he signaled he is willing to negotiate an end to the deadlock that has left hundreds trapped at the border. also coming up tonight, a man
known as qanon shaman, jacob chancellor, is going to prison for his role in the riot at the u.s. capitol. this is the toughest sentence yet for any of the rioters. and exhausted health workers facing surging covid-19 cases in germany. the government is deliberating over new restrictions to keep the fourth wave of this pandemic in check. ♪ i'm brent goff. two viewers watching on pbs in the united states and to all of you around the world, welcome. there are signs tonight of de-escalation on the border between poland and belarus. the unrest between migrants and polish police has settled for now.
they have reportedly started boarding buses to take them from the area. : blames belarus for escorting migrants from the middle east to the border of the european union -- poland blames belarus. in her latest phone call with the belarus and leader -- belarusian leader, german chancellor merkel stressed the need to let aid get through to the migrants. >> on the move again, migrants on the belarus side of the border with poland are being brought to an unknown location. that's according to polish authorities. for warsaw, it does not signal an end to the crisis. "let me remind you this is not just an attack on the polish-belarusian border. it also started on the lithuanian-belarusian border. that was the beginning. then the belarus-latvian border was attacked.
at the moment, it is concentrated at the part of the eu border that is under our polish protection." for some migrants, conditions have improved while they wait and see if they can get through to the eu. they have been brought to a shelter like this one, far from where they had hoped to be. for those wishing to get to germany, any hopes of berlin allowing them entry have been dashed. "i think the current developments that we are seeing there clearly show the road to belarus is a dead-end for those who want to go to germany. there are no roads to start approving them there." in belarus, some migrants fear what lies ahead for them. >> we are a weapon of belarus
and government. belarus use immigrants just like a weapon. >> as many migrants wait for a clear path for it, belarusian leader alexander lukashenko has said he is willing to hold talks with the eu on solving the crisis. this has angered many european leaders, as they do not recognize him as the legitimate leader of belarus. in: we have the latest -- print -- brent: we have the latest for you. you spent the latest on the polish side of the border. what has happened? >> generally, it has been very quiet since monday since we have been moving around in the area, except for the border clashes we reported yesterday, but they are several kilometers from here.
i am now rather close to the restricted zone, which journalists are not allowed to enter. we see this very -- we see journalists going up and down this very tiny forest road every few minutes. the drama is hpening in the forest behind us. someone was able to reach a local ngo and was able to send them a pin with his gps location and ask for help. they are standing here and do not want to be shown, and they went in there and could not nine him. we have seen a lot of police activity, too, so the police are also in the forest here trying to find the man. this shows that even though the drama in the big political sense might be subsiding, on the ground here in those huge forests in the border region, it is still going on because
there's still hundreds of people may be out there. rent -- brent: there are signs belarus is easing pressure on the border, but it sounds like you are saying the crisis is winding down. >> the crisis might be winding down in the big political sense, but we don't know how many people we are talking about. as long as there are people stuck in these forests, desperate people who have been getting away from the belarusian guards and moving along the border, which is 400 kilometers long, and trying to make their way across, sort of under their own steam and strength, and then they get stuck in these huge forests -- it is freezing cold. they cannot survive here for long. as long as people are still out there, nobody knows where they are and how many there are, and they still need help. the humanitarian crisis is not over yet in that sense, and the
polish government still does not allow the media -- that means us -- to go in there and figure out what is happening. and they do not allow the helpers. helpers here are more or less illegal. what they are doing is forbidden under forest law -- forbidden under polish law. brent: last year, lukashenko was threatening to turn off gas supplies to eastern europe in return for possible sanctions. now he is talking to the german chancellor, saying he is willing to talk about a solution to this. how do you explain this complete change in tone and position? >> you have to keep in mind that this is also a big propaganda war. this is about public appearance. it started with lukashenko playing the strongman, showing his muscles to the european union saying, "i can blackmail
you. i can make your borders insecure . i can create trouble within member states." of course, poland saw this incredibly hard-line and others were trying to moderate it a bit. he has seen that this whole game is not going anywhere. he has not gained anywhere. now as it is getting colder and people are getting more desperate, he is in a situation where he thinks, "do i want to be the really bad guy, responsible for people dying, all in ill, and children crying?" so he decides for humanitarian reasons, he will allow these people to be housed, so i think the game for him is more or less over. an official from the polish interior ministry has already crowed saying, "yes, we won the border war." of course, nobody
one. -- nobody won. there are only losers in this game. brent: thank you. the man who became the face of the storming of the u.s. capitol on january 6 has been sentenced to 41 months in prison. he calls himself the qanon shaman and pled guilty to obstruction of an official proceeding after he took part in the storming of the u.s. senate chamber. prosecutors wanted to prolong his sentence, but the judge said he has shown the court that he is "on the right track." here we have this prison sentence. what more do we know about the fate of the qanon shaman?
>> we know he got 41 months, but we also know that prosecutors were asking for 51 months. chansley's attorneys had asked for time served because he is a navy veteran, and it seems like he had been successful with this request since he only got 41 months instead of 51. during his arrest, officials also diagnosed him with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression, and this probably also played a role in the judge's decision to send and 10 with 41 months instead of 51 -- sentence him with 41 months instead of 51.
brett: what was chansley's reaction? >> that was interesting. he spoke to the judge about the impact jail has had on him and the guilt he feels for breaking the law. he also apologized for his role in attacking the capitol, and he said that he was wrong to enter the capitol on january 6 and that he is not an insurrectionist and not either a domestic terrorist. he quoted gandhi and justice karen summers in court today, and he said the hardest part about this is to have to look into the mirror and know that you really messed up -- that's what he said. brent: this is probably the most closely watched trial to come out of the january 6 riots so
far. how significant is this sentencing, and what does it tell us about your trials, trials that are still under way -- what does it tell us about future trials? >> quite significant. we know that the sentence is 41 months, and this is exactly the same sentence that another january 6 rioters was given last week for punching a police officer during the riot. even though chansley did not commit a violent act, what he did, meaning walking down the halls of the capitol shirtless and holding that spear, is as grave as punching a police officer, and this sets an example among the january 6 rioters. there are almost 200 cases of people charged with assault reaching the sentencing phase now. according to the justice department, there are also more than 660 people who have been
arrested for crimes related to the capitol riot on january 6. brent: thank you. now to the second courtroom drama in america. the u.s. is waiting for a verdict in the closely watched trial of 18-year-old kyle rittenhouse, who was accused of shooting two men dead and injuring another during racism riots. crowds are gathering in support of rittenhouse, claiming he acted in self-defense. a 12-person jury will decide several charges, guilty or not guilty, pertaining to rittenhouse. the case has highlighted done issues and the issues of race in america. -- the case has highlighted gun issues. >> was it an act of self or gratuitous violence?
that is the case -- that is the question facing jurors as the u.s. awaits the verdict of kyle rittenhouse. he was just 17 years old when he shot two people and injured a third in kenosha, wisconsin, last august. protests rippled through the city after police shot jacob blake, leaving him partially paralyzed. it came just months after the murder of george floyd, sparking a wave of antiracism demonstrations at the heart of the covid pandemic. rittenhouse, who faces life in prison if found guilty, claims he was there to protect property and provide first aid. he traveled there from neighboring illinois with a semiautomatic rifle reportedly given him by a friend. awaiting a verdict, protesters in support of and against rittenhouse have gathered outside a courthouse in kenosha for days.
the judges pleaded with the jury to set aside any political or public commentary and focus on the facts, but in a case which crystallizes the country's polarizing views on the issues of race, police violence, and a growing culture of vigilantism, the outcome of the trial will have effects far beyond the future of kyle rittenhouse. brent: let's take a look at stories making headlines around the world. the u.s. secretary of state is on his first tour of africa. he started in nairobi. at a joint conference, blinken and his counterpart called for a cease-fire between the government and tigrayan rebels in ethiopia. he continues his tour with visits to nigeria and senegal. at least 42 people have been shot dead by sudanese security forces in a military coup in khartoum. security forces used tear gas
and blocked roads. most phone and internet connections have reportedly been blocked since the coup last month. the chilean president will remain in office after a parliamentary impeachment vote failed to reach the 2/3 majority required to remove him from office. the opposition initiated the impeachment over the sale of a mining company in 2010 that they allege was corrupt. in germany, the situation in the country's hospitals grows dire as covid-19 cases continue to skyrocket. many hospitals have few beds available, and frontline workers say they are exhausted. medical experts are warning this latest surge is far from over. >> 6:30 in dresden, and michaela
is starting her shift. she is a nurse. >> at 9:00, we need to turn over a patient who weighs about 200 kilograms. it takes three of us. >> she is responsible for a room with three patients during her shift. >> we are rolling them over. they are lying on their left. now we will ace them right. my colleague anna is helping me. >> they turn patients every few hours to avoid bedsores. it is a feat of strength with no room for mistakes. there are currently 19 patients in this icu. 18 are unvaccinated. >> it makes me sad when patients say they were afraid and that's why they did not get vaccinated. the current situation is much scarier than getting vaccinated. >> the 35-year-old loves her
job, but she is frustrated that patients and their families are still not taking covid-19 seriously. >> i asked myself -- are you kidding? where have these people been the last year and a half? i cannot take them seriously. i deal -- i feel sorry for them. they are fighting for their lives and we treat the vaccinated and unvaccinated similarly, and i have a lack of sympathy. >> the head of the icu is watching as the number of patients falls week to week. >> the patients who have been vaccinated often have an underlying condition which explains why vaccination did not work. for example, patients who have organ transplants. we have not yet treated any healthy people who have been vaccinated. >> but healthy people who have not been job jet -- have not
been jabbed are being treated. >> you build a bond with them. yesterday, my patient smiled at me as i treated him. he was happy. today, he is heavily sedated because his condition has worsened again. it is terrible. >> patient conditions can change rapidly. this man deteriorated overnight. now he is connected to life-support and fighting for his life. on average, one person dies here every day. >> it is mid-november now, and we have the most we have had since christmas last year. i wonder where this will go. >> this as clinics like ts one race and lack of nursing staff. some beds cannot be used at the moment. -- clinics like this one face a lack of nursing staff. >> we have made it through three waves. we have aced countless death and lost countless battles to save lives. still, we are passionate about our job.
but it wod be nice if this were the last wave. >> despite everything, she wants to continue, but two of her colleagues have said they are quitting. brent: our political correspondent has been following these developments. germany was the superman in dealing with this virus at the start of the pandemic. now it is more like coronavirus kryptonite that we are dealing with. how has this happened? simon: i think there have been lots of difficulties along the way. lots of things have been criticized by various people. the slope initial rollout of the vaccine program, for instance, according to some. some are saying the booster campaign is also moving slowly. at any rate, too few people are vaccinated even now. that is a key point. communication has not always been the best with politicians
not always explaining why the rules are being brought in, why they are being changed. as ever in germany, there are questions of differences in different states. you have had different rules in different places. one of them is a national regime. i think that is adding to people's uncertainty, and of course, germany is a country of rules. you need a good legal basis even to introduce things like mask wearing on public transport. politicians have fiddled with details rather than getting it done in many cases. in some places, rules are a lot stricter than others, and you also have to say there has been quite a lot of opposition to any of the rules, even when they were clear. brent: how did germany get to where it is tonight? you have had some people refusing to get vaccinated and others who cannot wait to get their booster shot.
>> it is worth saying 2/3 are actually vaccinated. some in the other 1/3 have good reasons and others are just hesitant. also, germany has a far lower death rate than countries like spain or italy, which have got higher vaccination rates. here, death rates have in lower, so perhaps that is part of the reason as well. also, i think some have dealt worse than others with the concept of gray areas in science. some feel that any uncertainty leads to skepticism whereas others say we are taking it in stride. and some political motives have seen a chance in the pandemic to play on people's fears and undermine trust in the state. there's a lot of different reasons why there is division in the opinion today. brent: simon young with the latest in berlin tonight. as always, thank you.
singapore is experiencing its worst covid-19 way of -- wave since the start of the pandemic, reporting about 2000 new cases every day. it has abandoned its zero covid strategy and is trying to get as many people as possible vaccinated to reduce the strain on the health care system, and that is life -- that is making life gently more expensive for the unvaccinated. >> in singapore, getting a job is not just going to save lives. soon, it could also save people money. until now, the government has covered the medical costs for most covid patients, but starting december 8, anyone unvaccinated by choice will have to pay their own bills. >> we would much prefer not to have to build these patients at all, but we also have to send this important signal -- we would much prefer not to have to bill these patients at all, but
we also have to send this important signal. >> health officials say it is the unvaccinated who make up a sizable majority of covid intensive patients. the country is experiencing this worst wave of the pandemic as it moves its strategy from zero covid to coexisting with the virus. >> we need to have safe management measures, which differentiate between the vaccinated and unvaccinated. this is in order to protect the unvaccinated and also to preserve our health care capacity. >> the government had already introduced restrictions for unvaccinated individuals, preventing them from dining endorsed, -- dining indoors, going to shopping malls. for anyone still refusing to get a jab, the high cost of infection might make the
difference. brent: the fortunes of art collectors do not seem to have suffered much during the pandemic. eight painting from -- painting from freda kahlo has sold for 31 million u.s. dollars -- a painting from frida kahlo has sold for 31 million u.s. dollars. >> a record for any latin american artist. thank you very much indeed. >> kahlo's painting sold on tuesday at sotheby's for 31 million dollars, a new record but still relatively speaking a bargain. this work by mark roscoe -- rothkoent under the hammer for
nearly 100 million dollars. >> this is our largest sale since 2015 and we are on track for a record year. >> auction houses rcn one sales record after another -- auction houses are seeing one sales record after another. it is a bit of an ironic situation to see that coming out of one of the greatest pandemics the world has ever known, there are considerable fortunes that were amassed over that time, and those investors are now being encouraged first to diversify their wealth, and like many collectors and many people, also be on the lookout for entertainment after this period which was pretty dark for many of us. more and more art lovers -- more and more of the most solvent art lovers are based in asia. according to christie's, 1/3 of
their sales are two new clients and most of those are millennials. brent: clashes between police and migrants at the belarusian border have subsided. a number of people were taken away from the area on the belarus side today. poland's foreign minister has warned that the standoff could continue for months. you are watching "dw news." after a short break, i will be back to take you through "the day." tonight, america's other epidemic -- drug overdose. we will be right back. ♪
♪ mark: welcome to "live from paris." world news and analysis from france 24. i am mark lowen. at least 10 have been shot dead by security forces in so done in the capital and neighboring cities. medical sources have confirmed they were killed in protests against military rule. the three-day african tour of the u.s. secretary of state calls for a cease-fire in tigray . antony blinken is visiting kenya, ethiopia, and senegal. the european
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