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this is our team moscow this morning anti fracking rage in romania clashes erupt in the village between police and locals who don't want american energy giant chevron to drill for shale gas in their area the report from the scene of the violence. politicians descend on kiev again reaffirming their support for the anti-government demonstrations which show no signs of dying down despite the cold weather. and there's the mourning for nelson mandela continues worldwide we look at the concerns that prices in south africa's tainted past may return this time though for the country's minority.
morning if you're just joining us my name is kevin and it's just after one am now here in moscow this is our our top story and i wanted fracking protest in northeast romania's turn violent clashes broke out between police and locals who are trying to stop the u.s. all joined chevron from drilling for shale gas in their area. reports from the site of the unrest. we're here in this is just moments after a very tense clashes between protesters who are against chevron conducting exploration for shale gas drilling here in this area in northeastern mania what you see behind me over there is actually the chevron site now protesters had ran across the street they broke down the perimeter of the chevron location tore down the fences and entered the area there were actually inside the chevron test exploration area these units riot police officers had been called into the area this is when things very much escalated and we have several protesters arrested there were
between the police and the demonstrators and actually if we pan over here you can see people very upset about what's happening here with chevron and. these protesters who have been camped out here for over a month earlier that's the count was actually broken up by riot police officers today saturday was supposed to be a major protest there and they're still trying to get chevron to leave because although chevron and october announced it was seizing operations the work had begun these police officers are not going anywhere as you can see they're trying to keep the protesters contained to this area so that they don't break out again and go on to the chevron site now we did see several arrests some people had been injured there were taken out in medical vans we don't know exactly how many and again it's a tense tense environment these people are very unhappy with the conduct of the police not just today but earlier and they're very unhappy that chevron is continuing these operations they feel that although chevron says that it's trying
to do this in a responsible way the people here feel like they haven't been consulted they feel like their point of view isn't being taken into consideration and we have to keep in mind that this is a farming area people here rely on the land to survive if the water does get contaminated which is something that they fear will happen as a result of the fracking their very existence. this is threatened which is why they're so frustrated with the situation. tense environment the demonstration getting is that i'm clear what will make these protesters leave as you can see if we turn around they're sitting down they're staying their ground they don't want to leave this area and. use a curfew of her there's been a development of the story as well out here chevron to comment on the situation in romania the energy joint stated that they have no hold to the operations in put just because of the onset of conditions triggered by what they called unlawful and violent protest or activities chevron also stated they want to conduct their work in a safe and environmentally responsible manner consistent with the permits under which
they operate they went on to say i spoke to r.t. franking campaigner and he childbirth he told me earlier that authorities worldwide stay silent about fracking precisely because of the possible hazards. there's no regulation going to be in this country or in any other will be specifically designed to break you like this industry because they know who will take on and it could be regulated is there an exaggeration of the potential problems here are we looking at fact difficult to quantify the risks of school cd dealing with the vagaries of very deep geology and it's basically the whole realm of the unknown frack is that going for thirteen years or more that started last large scale at the turn of the century do you feel you've lost your battle and when the police are there supposedly to protect and serve the community with all this how do you that being deployed going to governments to protect and serve the interests of the big businesses we should basically back in these governments. that's
a situation we've got in that's why we've got people off you know we can't rely on the police to protect obviously one just protect our own communities by this sort of action it was seen you know in the main you know all over the world you know the stories were from child if you where it goes that people are going to be up in arms about it because we know that we can't rely on our government we can rely on the police to protect our communities from these threats while many fear the substances used in fracking will accumulate in the soil and water and even the air while most of the chemicals remain in the sol for years activists claim there are over a thousand documented cases of water contamination near drilling sites that could impact people's health through sensory rest where the damage will continue to follow the standoff of course between shevonne the locals there and i love the latest updates for you both on air and online.
feeling the public protest in ukraine yet again a delegation of euro and pays are spoken to the crowds in kiev the protestors have sorry more days to decamped from government buildings artie's paul scott's got the latest from kiev. the crowds behind me were addressed by a group of amy pays who once again reiterated their support for the protesters now the delegation met with opposition leaders and also mingled with the crowd but they didn't meet any representatives of the government of course the government survived a vote of no confidence in the wake up but despite that results the delegation still backed cools for a snap election we see that the people will growing the made that choice for a country reduced in freedom. and under the rule of law as the opportunity for the quote earlier there is in every democratic from grew every time
the right of all who is involved in the. well the opposition continue that blockade of certain government buildings despite the fact a deadline set by the government for them to be out of those buildings is looming large and expires on tuesday on the delegations support for the opposition comes despite pleas from each branes prime minister for outside interference to stop on the delegation also simle taney asli were condemning what they described as russia's pressure on kiev well as for the protests they look set to continue into the evening hit behind me with all eyes now on sunday when organizers hope that up to one million people from all over ukraine could descend on the capital. a lot he spoke to political commentator examine the crust of bread the tendency of some e.u. politicians to cozy up to the ukraine opposition he says it's simply unacceptable. maija need for any ukrainian or russian or any other diplomats or former politicians or politicians will take part and then your demonstration against the
e.u. will in all across or simply the euro and that would cause an uproar the port probably even in the western countries going to the united nations and asking for a meeting of the security council because that is blatant interference this isn't nothing to do with people collar as they play some politicians like to say about it under the rule of law does not involve foreign diplomats and foreign politicians interfering and basically provoking this violence like it's happening in ukraine journalist martin said followed recent history says the bitter divide among its people would only deepen if the e.u. association deal happened i think it would be a nightmare come true in the long term ukraine and the european union have a lot to gain from increased relationships with each other but the package that the e.u. was proposing and the price you create would pay severed ties with russia and the
east bloc would in the short term cause a very we'll drop in standard of living for the ukrainian people much greater energy price costs and the european union and european commission given their own financial woes would not be in a position to give ukraine the necessary financial support it would need the situations the european union has major problems with in its own area that it really must resort before it can really new its all first to reach out to nations like ukraine and i think there really needs to be a fundamental reassessment in brussels of what ukraine needs which has not been adequately recognized and brussels and while an investigation is underway into allegations of brutality from both police and pro e.u. activists that unfolded last week a ridiculous side of the story. he could do well i mean now why don't you call the worst moment was when i saw people being beaten on the ground at my feet they were
just kids and i couldn't do anything about it and it was terrible it must never happen again. the night of november thirtieth when peaceful protests in the heart of kiev were broken up by ukraine special riot police force dozens and up in hospitals images of police beating defenseless people emerged on the internet the. was the next day it was the police on the receiving end of the violence but at the hands of a mob and not the peaceful protesters who were dispersed just the day before. i got hit by either a brick or a piece of pavement score in the face it's hard to tell because everything was flying no one could predict it would go like this that there would be rocks bricks most of cocktails. i was scared for my units who were there because it was totally unexpected right in front of all of this they were these boys eighteen nineteen
years old who serve in the army and everything was flying at them rocks molotov cocktails these men are among the officers still in hospital a week after the attack some received injuries severe enough to leave them disabled or to convince them to leave the force but both. i determined to return to service and say did don't have any animosity towards the crowd on independence square i can understand the people they want to express their opinion. people have the right to voice their opinion but without breaking the law it would not be an overstatement to say that many people here. is there any i mean especially after last week's intense clashes what's there is a putting out there that. police force were simply following they have received those who gave the orders that should be held responsible for the violence. that
are recordings on the internet of the orders that received an act as a pawn to clear the we must create a parliamentary commission and find the person who blew it all up and hold them criminally responsible i'm sure the orders came from someone higher than the head of police. as the protests enter their third week the tension is palpable no one wants a repeat of last week's nightmare but a resolution requires calmer efforts from both sides among people whose patience is already wearing worryingly thin. but we've been following the events in and around ukraine online find out what presidents spoke. to me to consult on a website about. some of the speculation around. there most is still britain's prisons becoming breeding grounds for extremists coming up in a crackdown on hate preaching. the way to try to stop impressionable brits from
cute. feel. politically. appeal. hello again the man who led south africa out of his darkest days of apartheid nelson mandela will be laid to rest on december the fifteenth thirty's family estate but can the change in a quality he embodied be maintained in a country which suffered such deep scars along the way paula slayer next asks if a different chapter of segregation lies ahead. for many years south africans in particular have been asking themselves the question what happens when mandela pos
is on and for a long time there was a war we that everything he stood for which was essentially bringing white and black south africans to give it would disappear when he dies this question has become less urgent as the years have passed on and a new generation of south africans has come to the fore but certainly there are pockets of particularly white south africans who are today afraid now i visited the community of clean fun tain which is a once on cave they you find only off the condos now these are white south africans who can trace the roots back to european settlers who came in the sixteen hundreds you need special permission to enter the area there are security guards everywhere there are statues paying tribute to the founders of a party which was some africa's legal system of discrimination between blacks and whites people there justified the existence of such enclaves as merely
a way of preserving their history the culture their language they argue against any kind of claims of racism we feel strongly about our identity and we want to protect back and preserve it this together with the fear that some white of economists feel has caused some to put in place contingency plans now there's a group called the state land as they estimate that their figures are around eighty to one hundred thousand people and they are all linked through mobile phones in such a way that if in any time they believe a genocide happens and they do believe that a genocide is coming against white south africans they can then mobilize him selves and move to an area where they will be able to both protect themselves and be completely self-sufficient no i visited this community and this is what they had to tell me right now oh we're the stage or little six. little sort of is really a true congeals these white south africans our. are in the minority the majority
really credited mandela with putting the country back from the brink of civil war regardless of the color of the skin the race creed they have been legion south africans regard mandela as the hero of the struggle against apartheid and seen him as one of the greatest sons this country has ever given birth to. france has launched its second major intervention in africa this year president a lands now raised the number of troops in the ceiling on the ground to the central african republic to sixteen hundred no while the african union followed suit it said to more than double its deployment to the country to above six thousand in the last three days almost four hundred people have reportedly been killed in fierce clashes in the capital bangui paris began to send reinforcements hours after the u.n. authorized the mission to quell a spike in sectarian bloodshed thousands of civilians have fled to the country's main airport seeking refuge mom groups christian militias loyal to the ousted president are battling muslim rebels currently control the country lawrence freeman from executive intelligence review magazine believes france is domestic problems
though behind this latest move. recently france has become more active militarily and i think the problem with that there france and britain have not given up they are intent on having access and use of some of the resources and wealth of the african countries or so i think france is suffering serious problems at home there is a devastating collapse in living standards throughout all of europe so many things i think combining to push france forward into some of these more very activity is. more of them recently than we've seen before. the british government stronger measures to stifle the spread of extremism in follows the brutal murder of a u.k. soldier by islamists in london in the summer the plan includes blocking jihadist material on the web and cracking down on hate preaching because of his laura smith
reports the country's jails are also becoming a breeding ground for radicalism wormwood scrubs prison in west london temporary or longer term home to around fourteen hundred male prisoners apart from the inevitable gang activity and drug taking that goes on inside many prison inmates find religion while they're doing their stretch some are genuine others not so much. those who watch on to and use that religion is an excuse for treatment and we're particularly concerned by doctrine is clear evidence that there are youngsters being radicalized. and forced to join the rest of causation of young vulnerable prisoners. who then can become a tree machine while evidence from the prison office's union shows prisoners aren't necessarily so much finding gods as having shoved in their faces muslim gangs
have grown in power and influence in jails all over the country and the prison officers association is concerned that they target vulnerable new arrivals for conversion and that those who are muslims already are being forced into more extremist views you speak to some prisoners and over tell you. to choose better food or tell it to get more time. or just to be seen as to be part of a gun culture i've done it for protection i've done it because i was bullied extremists who ultimately released from behind these walls back into society. being a foreigner stuck in a north korean jail can't be easy so how do you get out if you're in that position where partly apologize for your crimes that's exactly what an eighty five year old u.s. veteran had to do to walk free head to our web site to get his story. but in egypt more and more people are being pro behind bars for not keeping in line with
military rule r.t. dog call has got details of the almost daily arrests there as well if you want to read up on them. right to see. first for you and i would think that you're. on a reporter's twitter. instagram i. would be in the middle. on. some a small expects stories in brief now the world trade organization has agreed on a landmark deal which could provide a trillion dollar boost to the global economy the green is designed to speed up cross border trade by slashing red tape at customs checkpoints analysts say this will also give a lift to developing nations too by creating up to twenty million jobs there it's
the first global trade deal of its kind but now has yet to be ratified ever by each government member state in mexico six people suspected of being that said truck with highly radioactive material in its medical scanner on board have been released from hospital one of the youngest suspect they'd sixteen was found of traces of radioactive poisoning though thankfully the men will remain in detention for further questioning that vehicle was carrying strictly dangerous cobalt sixty in a body therapy scanner unit when it was hijacked to gun point at the capitol earlier this week. it's one the world's most popular vacation spots but those who try to settle down in paris often find their romantic notions shattered. explains why it all looks great on paper but anyone with an aspiration of living in central paris quickly discovers the nightmare and becomes looking for what here this picturesque center of the city might as well have a sign that says off limits to anyone with
a tight budget but if you must prepare for very tight quarters when you first arrive to the fire i was completely shocked because this was the smallest area that i found myself ever but i didn't look it from here do you hear. danica pay seven hundred seventy euros for this tiny twenty square metre central paris flat in the popular lot in quarter area plus another hundred for bills and internet she chose convenience over price a choice that's not quite there for others like sabina who lives just outside paris with three other people her bedroom in the basement. but it was about five hundred euros when i moved so. i was looking on the internet for place for five hundred euros couldn't find anything really. expensive visited a few places. couldn't find any so i decided to. close suburbs in more extreme cases not only do people end up far from the center
but in apartments like this one where there's no kitchen or hot water so. it's a real problem in fronts this lack of housing we need a hundred to nine hundred thousand more housing this is what explains the high prices in july report released by france's national institute of statistics and economic studies found that one hundred forty one thousand five hundred people were without a fixed residency in france a rent control law was recently passed as part of a larger housing reform to address the lack of housing substandard conditions and the trend of people being pushed out of paris and other major cities but changes in living standards won't come overnight a fact many in the city of lights have just come to accept to live in paris.
ok. tests are cilia r t paris thanks for being with us this morning where we want to know the world's exactly one twenty five am here in moscow. or even a hope for a country that shields it next with the news but between now and then. looks at how the new n.y.p.d. chief wants to get back to the controversial stop and frisk policy breaking the said after the break. we often see the middle east as a place of constant turmoil and revolution but people in thailand seem to be very fired up as well masses of protesters are forcing government ministries to shut down by storming them with human waves one such ministry is the thai equivalent of the american f.b.i. which has been accused of killing around ninety people in a crackdown on those who support ousted prime minister taksin shinawatra who is the
brother of the current leader wow people are crying out for democracy with accusations of violence against protesters so where is barack obama john kerry the mainstream media i mean whatever some group of rebels protesters or i mean freedom fighters rise up for democracy are we supposed to arm them like in syria and or bomb their country back into the stone age like in libya serbia iraq some protests explode across the mainstream media with calls for intervention and others are almost totally silent like thailand and bulgaria where there have also been strong winds of buildings less than a month ago i might be a conspiracy theorist but the selective coverage and selective concern for some humans rights and not for the rights of others well it smells a bit fishy to me but that's just my opinion. happy friday folks i'm happy martin this is breaking news that well liberal lion
and next mayor of new york bill de blasio by name his choice for and y.p. the commissioner now based on his campaign promises one would expect a blazin to fill those crucial position with individual vehemently against the racist and narrow minded stop and frisk program but that would be just too logical and hope instead of blasio is gone with bill bratton who served as new york's top cop twenty years ago and most recently is l.a.p.d. chief of police and as it turns out not only was he an innovator of the controversial program back then but he thinks pretty highly of the way this harassing technique is being used today just listen to what he told journalist jeffrey toobin he said if the cops are not doing stop and frisk they are not doing their jobs it is a basic fundamental tool police work and the whole country if you do away with stop and frisk this city will go down the chute as fast as anything you can imagine. wow looks like the blasio picked a real ingenious thinker and sadly that's just the beginning and bratton served as
l.a.p.d. chief he approved and supported a program that mapped large swathes of muslim communities to identify potential terrorists and claimed it wasn't racial profiling not to mention his connections to several companies that sell technology and surveillance care to police forces across the country so let's hope this isn't a case of for me once shame on you for me twice you can't get forward again when it comes to build a blasio now let's break this at. the in the. it was a. very hard to take that or. should. i do that or how to act would that hurt me there. was. a.
little. little. face in more than eighteen billion dollars in debt that the city of detroit finally filed for bankruptcy last july yesterday a u.s. district court judge authorized the city to go forward with its findings for chapter nine judge steven rhodes said that negotiating and reaching a deal with the city's one hundred thousand creditors would have taken far too long for their prevented detroit from delivering vitals city services disturbingly this ruling means that the pensions for thousands of detroit city employees could be slashed even though they were guaranteed long ago so they break down the complexities of detroit's bankruptcy and shed light on what this decision means for other cities and financial peril i'm joined now by richard wolffe economist and professor emeritus of the universe.