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anti fracking rage in romania clashes erupted between police and locals who are furious at the prospect of american energy giant chevron drilling for shale gas in nearby we report from the scene of the violence. did see several arrests some people had been injured they were taken out in the banks we don't know exactly how many and again it's a tense tense environment the. european politicians pour oil on the flames of the protests in ukraine as they reiterate their support for the crowd's anti-government sentiment. that the world continues to grieve over the death of nelson mandela r t looks at south africa's future and how dark shadows from the past lead some whites to fear for their lives.
broadcasting live from our studios in moscow this is r.t.m. sean thomas glad to have you with us now an anti fracking protest in northeast romania has turned violent clashes broke out between police and locals who are trying to stop the u.s. oil giant chevron from drilling for shale gas in the area protesters fear that fracking will damage the environment and contaminated ground water supplies are reports from the site of the unrest. we're here in print jesse 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. 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 are options 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 this the scoundrel 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 they 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 consultants they feel like their point of view isn't being taken into consideration and we have to keep in mind this is a farming area people here rely on the land to. if the water does get contaminated which is something that they fear will happen as a result of the fracking their very existence is threatened which is why they're so frustrated with the situation. tense environment the demonstration continues it's unclear 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. chevron to comment on the situation in romania the energy giant says it has halted operations amid what it called on lawful and violent protest your activities in. chevron also says that it wants to work in a safe and environmentally responsible manner under the terms agreed with the authorities earlier anti fracking campaigner and he talked to my colleague kevin owen about the controversial drilling technique he says authorities worldwide stay silent about it precisely because of the possible hazards. there's no regulation going to be in this country or in any other of your goal will specifically designed to break you like this industry because they know too well they caught on and it could be regulated is there an exaggeration of the potential problems here are we looking at fact difficult to quantify you know the recent 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 that's happening is that being deployed point governments to protect and serve the interests of the big businesses we should basically back in the government. that's the situation we've got in that is why we've got people off you know we can't rely on the police to protect aki received ground as protect our own communities by this sort of action it was seen you know in the main all over the world you know the stories were from harold if you where it goes people are going to be up in arms about it because we know that we can't be loyal in our government we can't we don't the police to protect our communities from these threats. many fear the substances used in
fracking will accumulate in the soil and polluted groundwater and even in the air most of the chemicals are expected to remain in the soil for years and it was claimed that there are over a thousand documented cases of water contamination near drilling sites and that could impact people's health sensory and respiratory damage we will continue to follow the standoff between chevron and the locals and congestion and we'll have the latest updates for you both on air and online. now a delegation of euro m.p.'s has spoken it to the crowds in care of yet again further feeling the public protest in ukraine the protestors have three more days to de camp from government buildings artie's pos god is in chaos. the delegation met with opposition leaders and mingled with the crowd but they didn't meet any
representatives of the government of course the government the survived a vote of no confidence in midweek but despite this result it hasn't stopped the e.u. delegation backing calls for a snap election there are still you know it is caution between the different forces . for your own favor under the conditions would be to go to the movies or include all sort of things for which the whole civil society and democratic of will do you know you have possibility for the nation to express its will and which means only election well the opposition continue that blockade of certain government buildings with a deadline set by the government for them to be out expiring on tuesday on the delegation support for the opposition comes despite ukraine's prime minister calling for outside interference to stop and simple tenuously the e.u. delegation condemning what they describe as russian pressure on kiev where the protesters are set once again on sunday when the opposition organizers hope that
one million people from all over ukraine will descend on the capital. joining the european lawmakers was a former georgian president mikheil saakashvili he also voiced his support for the protests from the stage in central kiev and this from the same man who ordered a brutal crackdown on opposition rallies in his own country just two years ago this is how those who want to really to resign were treated. r t a spoke to political commentator alexander nick last off about the tendency of some e.u. politicians to stand side by side with the ukrainian opposition and he says that it's simply unacceptable. my jennifer any ukrainian or russian or. diplomats or former politicians or politicians will take part and then your
demonstration against the e.u. will in all across or severely europe and that will 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 them to feel this 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 seafoods followed ukraine's 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 locks again from increased relationships with each other but the package that the e.u. was proposing and the price you create would pay and severed ties with russia on
the east bloc would in the short term cause a very we'll drop of 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 in these situations the european union has major problems within its own area that it really must result of 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. meanwhile an investigation is underway into allegations of brutality from both police and pro e.u. activists that unfolded last week leaving a glitch to report the crew when you don't know 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 right police force dozens and up in hospitals images of police beating defenseless people emerged on the internet the it. 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. the book 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 when. i was scared for my units who were there because it was
totally unexpected right in front of all of this there 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 on tomlinson 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. are any mean especially after last week's intense clashes what there is a putting out there that the police force were simply following they have received
those who gave the orders that should be held responsible for the violence so. the recordings on the internet of the actual orders that received an accident prone to clear 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. we've been following of events in and around ukraine online you can find out what president. vladimir putin spoke about during their meeting in sochi. where we will also ravel some of the speculation. from a prison cell to terrorist cell the u.k.
cracks down on hate preaching behind bars in an attempt to stop impressionable brits from being radicalized plus. it's from here they. want to move to paris you might have to prepare yourself for a shock to take a look at the downside of living in a dream city that and much more after a short break you're watching. from countries rich in natural resources are the poorest. of the big corporations it's a colony of someone's home leaders who are under the thumbs of the big corporations so they have to beg from the world bank's development of social programs goes to pay back debts whole country is drowning under the amount of debt that they had and
so every year they would borrow money. and they would use that same amount of money to pay back. the wages. right to see. first. and i would think that your. son army orders were going. to be in the. eye. and welcome back you're watching r t international now turns of thousands of people are expected to join global leaders past and present at nelson mandela's funeral on sunday but while the morning
continues some among the country's white minority are afraid of a new wave of apartheid and bloodshed this time aimed at them many doubt whether the post mandela south africa will stick to the ideals of equality reconciliation that he championed as artie's policy or reports 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 this 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 ought to day afraid now i visited the community of claim from tain which is a white enclave they you find only off economists now these are white south
africans who can trace the roots back to european six's who. you need special permission to enter the area there are security guards everywhere there are statues paying tribute to the founders of apart hate which was south africa's legal system of discrimination between blacks and whites people there justify 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 off 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 they 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 know we're the stage or little six. little service is really a true commands towards these white south africans however are in the minority the majority really credits mandela with bringing the country back from the brink of civil regardless of the color of the skin they race the creed their religion 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. those who are on the continent of africa in its bid it to ended the sectarian violence in the central african republic friends has raised a number of troops there to sixteen hundred the african union has followed suit and is said to more than double its deployment in the country to about six thousand
almost four hundred people. been killed in three days of fierce clashes in the capital one key paris began to send reinforcements hours after the un office rises the mission to quell a spike in sectarian bloodshed thousands of civilians have fled to the country's main airport seeking refuge from armed groups christian militias loyal to be ousted president are battling the muslim rebels who can currently control the country lawrence freeman from the executive intelligence review magazine believes france's domestic problems are behind this latest move. recently france has become more active militarily and i think the problem with that france and britain have not given up their 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 the overall devastating collapse in living standards throughout all of europe so many of these things i think combining to push france forward into somebodies military activity is. more of them recently than we've seen before. russia's aviation agency is under investigation and it is part of the probe into an air crash because an airport that killed fifty in november investigators considered some of the russian pilot's license is dubious and you can find the details online plus. for that obama's afghan policy may have led to the increased casualties among u.s. service personnel you can get the full story at r.t. dot com. the to leap right to see. the first strike. and i think you're.
on our reporters' twitter. instagram i. should be on the list. the british government has drawn up measures to stifle the spread of extremism and it follows the brutal murder of a u.k. soldier by islamists in london the plan includes blocking jihadist material on the web and cracking down on hate preaching but as artie's laura smith reports the country's jails are also becoming a breeding ground for radical islam. 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 you speak to some prisoners unable. to keep better food or are taught to get more. 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 evidence from the prison officers union shows prisoners on 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 to conversion and that those who are muslims already are being forced into more extremist views. 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 phone ripple prisoners. who then can become a tree machine where extremists who are ultimately released from behind these walls back into society. let's not take a spin around the globe to look at some other news making headlines around the world as our inspectors from the un za tomic watchdog have arrived in iran to visit a facility that has been off limits to outsiders for years the team will visit the heavy water production plant in the city of iraq within the next twenty four hours this comes just two weeks after six world powers clinched a deal with tehran over its nuclear program. in mexico six people suspected of stealing a truck with highly radioactive material in a medical scanner have been released from hospital only the youngest suspect a sixteen year old was found to have a traces of radioactive poisoning the men will remain in detention for further
questioning the vehicle was carrying extremely dangerous cobalt sixty when it was hijacked at gunpoint near the capital earlier this week it is a dream destination for millions but apparently it is a nightmare for those trying to settle down there many find the high rent tiny flats and their poor condition as just some of the things that turn paris into a city of broken dreams are two stars are still you report it all looks great on paper but anyone with an aspiration of living in central paris quickly discovers the nightmare and becomes looking for a flat 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 fight i was completely shocked because this was the smallest area that i found myself ever but i didn't like it from here the year. donica pay seven
hundred seventy euros for this tiny twenty square meter 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 a place with 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 for 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. ok. tests are cilia r t paris coming up on r t international we look at how some social programs in africa actually end up feeling poverty and dead stead of giving people a lifeline. ukraine
is in a tough spot right now trying to figure out whether to join the e.u. or the regime's custom union it would be nice if they would you know maybe allow the populace to vote for their future via referendum but sadly it looks like the politicians will be making the historic decision i can see why some people want to look west and some people want to look east but i don't understand why so-called ukrainian nationalists want so desperately to join the e.u. first off any nationalist groups in the e.u. are automatically demonised as right wing extremists and in the politically correct west patriotism is pretty much a dirty word generally nationalist like their culture and the people who are part of it but if you look at migration trends within the e.u. we see that the slavic part of it is flooding western europe looking for work i have many relatives from the slavic part of the e.u. and almost all of them have to work abroad and might sound nice to be able to work
in europe but the reality is that ukrainians will probably be paid even less than bulgarians rumanians to clean toilets in london ukrainian nationalists don't have to like russia or join the customs union or join any bloc of countries but advocating a future for themselves the e.u. seems absolutely backwards at least to me but that's just my opinion. pendant of the world bank and the international monetary fund africa finds itself crippled by foreign debt and remains a coincident of great poverty and. inequality is. as long as we are in thrall to and dominated by debt i've even go so far as to say enslaved. there is no attention paid to social affairs like health and education can you imagine we have to sacrifice congolese children who have to die who cannot study because they have to
pay for the debt. and the international community talks about generosity now they are talking about cancelling the debt as an act of generosity by controlling the country's resources. that they say debt is used to keep countries with natural resources under control. it is used to control countries in the southern hemisphere both politically and economically. today we've got less than five percent of the world's population living in the united states consuming on.
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