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welcome to bbc news. i'm mike embley. our top stories: if a city or state refuses to take the actions necessary —— curfews defied nationwide. night eight of protests in the us begins with thousands on the streets of major cities. this is the scene live in washington. mr trump's likely rival in november's election comes out swinging. joe biden accuses the president of "fanning the flames of hate". clashes take place in paris as hundreds call for justice over a death in police custody four years ago. plus, a report here in the uk confirms that black, asian and minority ethnic people are more likely to die of coronavirus than their white counterparts.
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hello to you. relatives of george floyd, the unarmed black man killed as he was detained by police in minneapolis, are accompanying tens of thousands of people on a march through his home town of houston, texas. it's also where he'll be buried. relatives of george floyd, the unarmed black man killed —— george floyd's brother, terrence, has again called for peace. protests over the killing are now entering their eighth night, despite curfews in dozens of cities. this is the scene in portland, oregon. in washington, dc, a peaceful protest outside the white house, 2a hours ago, before curfew, was forcibly cleared by police using tear gas, to allow president trump through for his photo—op outside the church of the presidents, now the subject of much criticism. in the past few hours, roxie washington, mother of george floyd's six—year—old daughter, has been speaking to reporters in minneapolis. i don't have a lot to say... because i can't get my words together right now but i wanted
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everybody to know that this is what those officers took from... at the end of the day, they get to go home and be with theirfamilies. gianna does not have a father. he will never see her grow up, graduate. he will never walk her down the aisle. i'm here for my baby and i'm here for george because i want justice for him...
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i wantjustice for him because he was good, no matter what anybody thinks, he was good, and this is the proof that he was a good man. the bbc‘s aleem maqbool has the latest from the us capital. chant: lock him up! lock him up! undeterred, they are outside the white house again. but the focus of their anger now is notjust violent police officers who kill unarmed black men, but the president as well. it is terrible that people can't protest, which, by the way, is their first amendment right. president trump likes to talk a lot about the second amendment, owning guns and everything, but won't even comment when we come to do what we are literally raised to do, born to do, as americans. donald trump himself has appeared quite pleased with the way he has, in his words, "dominated with overwhelming force". but those subjected to that
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force here late yesterday were peaceful protesters out in the memory of george floyd. as we speak, i am dispatching thousands and thousands of heavily armed soldiers, military personnel, and law enforcement officers. and with that, demonstrators were gassed and shoved and pushed back from the historic church outside which they had been protesting, though it was well before any cu rfew. ifeel like i'm not even feeling one eighth of what black people feel every single day and i'm terrified. and what was it all for, particularly outside the church? well, this. the president took a short walk to saintjohn‘s to show he is in control and apparently to pose with a bible. donald trump's democratic presidential rival has been critical of his handling of this crisis. the country is crying out for leadership. leadership that can unite us, leadership that brings us together.
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leadership that can recognise pain and deep grief of communities that have had a knee on their neck for a long time. but the security forces continued to force back demonstrators on the orders of a president who has claimed to be a champion of free speech. but there is a sense that this will go on. we have been martin luther king for ages, for generations. generations on end. it's time for malcolm x and marcus garvey. like, nojustice, no peace. like, that's not just a mantra any more. that's got to be a way of life. although the military and the police have fairly successfully shut down a lot of zones across the american capital, there are still large pockets of protest travelling throughout the city determined to continue to demonstrate. chant: black lives matter! black lives matter! the president may have disrupted the protests in washington and with it,
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dealt with some of the looting, but his critics feel his actions compare to those of authoritarian leaders around the world the us would previously have condemned. aleem maqbool, bbc news, in washington. our north america correspondent peter bowes has been following the protests in the us, with the mood slightly changing from previous days. i detect that the mood has indeed changed over the last 2a hours, mike. certainly very different to the mood and nature of the demonstrations that we witnessed over the weekend. a very large demonstration taking place right now here in los angeles. there's a large crowd close to city hall, in downtown los angeles. and in another part of town, there's a famous intersection, hollywood and vine — you might have heard of it — it's very close to the capital records building, one of the best—known landmarks in hollywood.
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a large crowd there, throughout the day. and noticeably, a very peaceful crowd, a very relaxed atmosphere and you could just tell the relations between those protesters and the police on duty at the time was very good, and that was an atmosphere that we did not see a couple of days ago in los angeles and the scenes are being repeated around the country. in houston, there is another large protest, being led by some members of george lloyd's family and his friends. in new york city and in washington as well — and cu rfews have already come into force in some of those cities, much earlier in the evening than on previous days — and at the big question is, will people decide to go home or stay and protest for the rest of the evening? some of those protesters saying that they view not going home defying the curfew as an act of civil disobedience that they believe is justified to get their messages and get their points across. peter bowes for us there.
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clashes have also erupted between police and protestors in paris. demonstrators are demanding justice for a black man who died in police custody four years ago. the death of adama traore sparked demonstrations at the time, and many see parallels with the case of george floyd in the us. rich preston has this report. around 20,000 people marched towards a quartier in northern paris. in a protest that had been banned by authorities, citing health fears over the spread of coronavirus. demonstrators are demanding justice for adama traore, who died in police custody in 2016. he was 2a years old. his death sparked days of demonstrations at the time, with many saying he had been pinned to the ground. the officers who detained adama were exonerated. many see similarities with the case of george floyd. translation: what is happening to the united states has today brought to light what is happening in france.
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today you need to be the spokespeople, we need to be the spokespeople of what is happening in france. we need to end the racism that is happening here in france. despite starting peacefully, the protests turned violent. demonstrators through stones at police, who fired back with tear gas. adama traore's family say they have not given up the campaign of seeking justice for a man, they say, died as a result of racism and police brutality. but this demonstration is the biggest show of support the campaign has seen in a long time. paris is a culturally and ethnically diverse city, but many say its black population suffer injustices at the hands of a system stacked against them. these protesters say they have been mobilised to take to the streets with the case of adama traore so fresh in recent memory and galvanised by what french people are seeing happening in the united states. rich preston, bbc news. an official report by public health england has found that although age is
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the biggest risk factor for covid—i9 — black, asian, and other ethnic minority communities in the uk are more likely than white people to die from the disease. rianna croxford reports. 0ne family, one household, with the odds stacked against them. abdullah used to collect passengers to his taxi but now only picks up groceries. he is black, male, aged 59, and was born outside of the uk, putting him at high risk to catching covid—i9. he lives with three generations in milton keynes. feeling unsafe, he chose to stop working near the start of the pandemic and has no income. the government is supposed to really help them but they have been ignored because there is no ppe, there's no help, there's no even proper advices. his daughter, khadijah, is a nurse, a key worker, and says she has been unprotected on the front line. the ppe, to be frank, is very, very selective, very, very selective. but it depends on where you are working. if you are working in a low risk area, it's fine, but if you are working
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in an area where you are in contact with those with coronavirus, i think it is right for you to have the right ppe. but khadijah‘s concerns have not been addressed in the government review released today, confirming that people from black and asian backgrounds are disproportionately dying from this disease. i put those concerns to the health secretary, matt hancock. many people from black and minority ethnic backgrounds will be confused why it has taken six weeks for the government to simply confirm what studies have already shown, that they are dying with covid—i9 at significantly higher rates. why haven't you done more to protect and support these communities? you are absolutely right that there is much more work that needs to be done and this report shows that. so we are asking — i have asked the equalities minister, kemi badenoch, to take this forward and to look into the causes and what further can be done.
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divina is a nurse from birmingham looking for an answer. yeah, it makes you even more anxious, thinking how can you sort of minimise the risk slightly. but i can't, because of the colour i am, and i can't change it. there are many factors driving these figures and they point towards socio—economic inequalities — an existing problem the pandemic has only further exposed. rianna croxford, bbc news. much more to come on bbc news. still to come: spike lee speaks out. the director tells the bbc he thinks donald trump the queen and her husband began their royal progress to westminster. the moment of crowning, in accordance with the order of service, by a signal given, the great guns of the tower. tributes have been paid around the world to muhammad ali, who has died at the age of 74. outspoken but rarely outfought, ali transcended the sport of boxing, of which he was
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three times world champion. he was a real fighter and he fought all the way to the end, even through his illness. yes, he did. uefa imposes an indefinite ban on english clubs playing in europe. today is the 20th anniversary of the release of the beatles' this is bbc news. the latest headlines: crowds of people in major cities across the us defy curfews, as the country's eighth
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his likely rival in november's election, joe biden, accuses mrtrump offanning the flames of hate. let's return to the protests taking place in america following the death of george floyd last week. we can talk now to aviad gozlan, who owns a store called blis in downtown los angeles and has been signifiantly impacted by the looting that's taken place these past few days. your store has been trashed, hasn't it? hello yeah, honestly, i am still a little bit digesting the whole thing. it was broken into. they stole and took all of the inventory and took all of the inventory and got into the safe and com pletely and got into the safe and completely destroyed the whole store. when it was nothing more to take, theyjust destroyed the whole store, literally destroyed everything. i know it's a really bad time for you andi it's a really bad time for you and i really appreciate you talking to us. there is video shot across the road by one of
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your customers who lives across the road. why did this happen? it was not only us. the looting, it was happening all over the block and they broke into a dentist next to us and a y°93 into a dentist next to us and a yoga studio right next to them. they broke a bunch of windows at the doughnut shop next to earth and whole foods across the road. and theyjust went around looting and destroying and taking whatever was of interest to them in the stalls i how long had you been building up the business and what you think you will do now? that is a good question. truly, ido that is a good question. truly, i do not know when i will do. it isa i do not know when i will do. it is a minority owned business andi it is a minority owned business and i put my sweat, blood and tea rs into
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and i put my sweat, blood and tears into this and, you know, coronavirus is difficult enough, and this is really the nail in the coffin. i really do not know, to be open with you. i really don't know how we're going to come of this. i could not have imagined a situation like this. how our relations with the rest of the community in the neighbourhood generally beforehand? in the neighbourhood, it was great. we have a lot of support and customers are calling all day the next day and even that night and sending us messages on instagram. the community there, you know, everyone really loved each other. i don't believe that the people who looted the area of from the area. this is my opinion. i don't know that for a fact but it seems to me that it is those individuals who came into the area to loot and continue on.
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how do you feel, generally about the protest and the u nrest about the protest and the unrest and disturbances?” believe that, i believe deeply that black lives matter. that equality should happen and that officers who are misusing power should be responsible for misusing their power and should be put to trial for it. and that the peaceful demonstrations, i think, that the peaceful demonstrations, ithink, i important but the looting that is happening, they go under the umbrella of the protest, that is not ok. the destroying of property and the destroying and theft is not ok. the protest itself is absolutely ok. theft is not ok. the protest itself is absolutely 0k.” theft is not ok. the protest itself is absolutely ok. i am so itself is absolutely ok. i am so sorry itself is absolutely ok. i am so sorry for what has happened to you. i'm sure everyone watching is wishing you all the
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best in thank you for talking to us. thank you. god bless. and to use. —— to you. the british prime minister, borisjohnson, says the uk is prepared to react if china imposes a national security law in hong kong. in an article published in the south china morning post and the times he wrote: "if china imposes its national security law, the british government will change our immigration rules and allow any holder of these passports from hong kong to come to the uk for a renewable period of 12 months and be given further immigration rights, including the right to work, which could place them on a route to citizenship." meanwhile, hong kong chief executive carrie lam is in beijing later to discuss the new security law is in beijing later to discuss which would make it a crime to undermine beijing's authority. hong kong could be on the verge of changing forever, and many fear it is now part of a new cold war between washington and beijing. danny vincent looks at what all of this means for hong kongers.
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these are front—line members of the protest movement in hong kong. fearful of arrest, they agreed to speak to us under the condition of anonymity. a year ago, they were ordinary hong kongers. but now beijing says protestors like them represent a threat to national security. if the chinese communist party tries to destroy hong kong, the hong kongers will try to resist and revenge in every single way that we could. and every way that we can to try to make them burn with us — politically, economically, and internationally. if we burn, they burn with us. last week, china passed a national security law which would make it a crime to undermine beijing's authority. many fear this could bring the city under beijing's full control. the new law is aimed at stopping protesters exactly like them. critics fear that hong kong
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is now on the verge of changing forever. the details of this new national security law have yet to be discussed. but many fear that hong kong is already in the middle of a new cold war between washington and beijing. president trump said that the us would subject hong kong to many of the same restrictions as mainland china, especially on trade. many businesses here say that it is america, not beijing, that is threatening the stability of hong kong, one of the biggest financial hubs in the world. the trump administration said they stand with hong kong and support hong kong people, but on the other hand, is punishing hong kong. china and the united states are the two major trading partners of hong kong. so now the two big countries are having a fight with hong kong sitting in the middle. bella is a 17—year—old student who could go to jail because she has delivered supplies to front—line protesters.
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she worries that hong kong is losing its identity. translation: i am pessimistic about my future. now that the national security law has been passed, china keeps on restricting our freedom and basic human rights. i am so sad when i think about it. the hong kong government insists that this city will maintain its level of autonomy from mainland china. but many fear the former british colony is living on borrowed time. danny vincent, bbc news, hong kong. the oscar—winning film director spike lee has long been an outspoken critic of police brutality and racism. the scenes in the united states in the past week, he points out, are nothing new and have been going on since the first enslaved people were brought to america four centuries ago. spike lee has been speaking to will gompertz, ahead of the release of his latest film.
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black gi. is it fair to serve more than the white americans that sent you here? in the broad sense, is the vietnam war through the viewpoint of black vietnam vets. i see...ghosts. happens to all of us, man! you are more than a film—maker. you're an intellectual, an activist, and you are very eloquent on the situation of racism. how do you bring about change? we have to talk about how the united states of america was founded, the foundation. the foundation of this country is immoral. the land was stolen from the native people. genocide was committed against the native people. and my ancestor was stolen from africa, and brought
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here to work. so the foundation of the united states of america is genocide, stealing the land and slavery! and, so, any architect will tell you that if you don't have a strong foundation, the building's going to be shaky. and it's been shaky from day one. the whole music business has come out in solidarity for george floyd. this seems to have resonated beyond america. yes, and i think that's a good point that you're bringing it up because united states of america, racism, they do it better than anybody else! but it's not just. .. racism is all over the world. this is a global pandemic before corona. we've been dying for this country from the very beginning. i shall resign the presidency.
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what did you think of president trump's suggestion that he'd put military on the streets if the protests didn't cease? well, i was watching this last night with my family, and we were all screaming in disbelief. that this thing was staged, the show of force, gassing innocent, peaceful bystanders, so you could clear the street? he's a gangster, you know? he's trying to be, you know, a dictator. mookie, they killed him! they killed radio raheem! it's murder. they did it again, just like michael stewart. murder... talking about the young spike lee, young film—maker, enraged, angry. does this apply to spike lee today? let's take a step behind that.
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why are people angry? people are angry because black people are being killed left and right, cops walk away free. they are angry for a reason. you're angry because you live every day in this world where the system is not set up for you to win. spike lee speaking to will gompertz there. a reminder of our top story. relatives of george floyd, the black man killed as he was detained by police in the us city of minneapolis, have accompanied an estimated 60,000 people on a memorial march through his hometown of houston, texas. george floyd's brother, terrence, has again called for peace. these are the latest live shots from the united states after seven days of angry protests. evening curfews are in place in
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many major cities and major protests are still in place, appearing peaceful and many simply lying flat on the ground with their hands behind their backs. much more and all the news any time on the bbc website. thanks for watching. hello there, the temperature reached 27 celsius in hampshire on tuesday, but that was the last of the very warm days for probably quite sometime. the next few days at least will be feeling much cooler, thanks to a northerly wind. more cloud and some wet weather around as well. that rain certainly arrived in scotland during tuesday — knocking temperatures back as well. the cloudier weather, together with the rain, is continuing to push its way southwards overnight. many areas by the end of the night will have had some rain, the exceptions really being towards the southeast and east anglia where it is going to be a little chilly in the countryside and probably drying off later in the night for northern ireland and western scotland. cloudier skies for wednesday in england and wales. some outbreaks of rain as well, could be little heavy at times.
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across northern ireland, largely dry, little bit of sunshine and missing most of the showers across western scotland, where temperatures may make 18 degrees in glasgow, much cooler with the showers in eastern scotland and across the rest of the uk temperatures quite a bit lower than they were yesterday. continuing that cooler theme through the rest of the week, because pressure is lower across scandinavia where we once had high pressure. instead, high pressure we are treating out into the atlantic. it's not close enough to the uk, and it means that we are drawing down a northerly wind which will feed in that cooler air and continue to feed in some showers. perhaps a longer rain to clear away from the southeast of england early on thursday morning, and then a little bit of sunshine but on the whole, pretty cloudy skies and further showers which could be heavy at times as well. if anything in that northerly wind temperatures may be even lower on thursday, typically 14—15 degrees or so, quite a bit cooler than it should be at this time of year. so this weather is quite a change from what we have seen for a long time. those cooler northerly winds
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pick up again on friday. we will blow down some heavy showers from the north. south wales may get up to 16—17 degrees, but for northern scotland, weird struggling to make double figures. as we head into the weekend, we no longer have high—pressure close to the uk. instead, we are dominated by low pressure, and it's quite a deep one as well. it could bring some unusually windy weather to some northern and western parts of the uk, at least for a while on saturday, some risk of gales. even without the strong winds, it will feel cool in the cloud with some showers, and longer spells of rain.
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this is bbc news, the headlines: protesters across the us are turning out for an eighth night of protests, many defying curfews that are just getting under way in major cities. crowds are, again, gathering near the white house as criticism continues of president trump's handling of the unrest. hundreds have defied a ban by french police to protest against the death in police custody of a black man four years ago. clashes broke out in central paris as crowds called forjustice for adama traore. the officers who detained him have never been charged. here in the uk, a report confirms that black, asian and minority ethnic people are more likely to die asian and minority ethnic people are more likely to die of coronavirus than their
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white counterparts. the health secretary matt hancock said it was still unclear why this was the case but that the government would get to the bottom of it. mps returned to westminster on tuesday forming long queues, in line with social distancing rules, as they prepared to decide how they should hold hold votes in the house of commons from now on. the government wanted to end the virtual, or online, system which was introduced in april and to return to voting in person. but critics say such a move would exclude vulnerable mps and those with caring responsibilities. our chief political correspondent vicki young has the latest. mps had been told to set an example and get back to work. for some it's a round trip of almost 1500 miles. a journey in excess of 18 hours for something that frankly is of questionable necessity. others say it's their duty to return to parliament rather than take part via video link.


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