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this is the news live from berlin rallies across russia meet with a tough police response. more than 1400 are arrested as people turn out in the thousands demanding freedom for. the jailed kremlin critics health is failing office 3 weeks on hunger strike also coming up with ukraine seeking international help against russia's military buildup visits a ukrainian city where residents are preparing for the west. germany's parliament passes
a national lockdown law to contain the culvert 19 and the health minister calls the situation extremely serious. parties want a lot checked by the constitutional court. and the race to stop global warming the u.s. prepares a virtual summit to tackle climate change on the day when more than 50 years ago people 1st rallies to sound the alarm of the un vote. welcome to the program rights groups say police have detained more than $1400.00 protesters and dozens of cities across russia demonstrators marched for the release of jailed opposition leader alexander valley whose health is said to be deteriorating the protests were held on the same day as president vladimir putin's annual state of the nation address. a forceful message
delivered on a grand stage at his annual state of the nation address russian president vladimir putin warned western powers not to meddle in moscow's affairs. we just wiggling you could you must we really don't want to burn any bridges. but if some mistake our good intentions for indifference or weakness and intend to burn or even blow up those bridges themselves. russia's response will be even more forceful quick and tough. in recent weeks russia has been building up its military presence on the ukrainian border and in crimea pouring fuel on a simmering territorial conflict between ukraine forces and russian backed separatists this escalation was met with condemnation from abroad. but as he
delivered his warning to the west was facing headwinds at home across the country people gathered to protest that news of the deteriorating health of imprisoned opposition leader alexina found. the heavy police presence was supposed to deter those protests like he ate in a valley was snatched from the street in moscow and locked in a police van on the grounds of the interior ministry. it's just it's just that i think that everything that is happening is to scare all the other people quite i was literally detained for the thought of showing up at the rally. so i will be detained until the late evening in this police van. but you know perfectly well what you should do. that you shouldn't be afraid to let. the school didn't get at you but yet said. the crackdown could not prevent protests even in far flung parts of the country like here in the remote siberian city of.
shrub's and i promise i came here on purpose to raise my voice against future and ongoing repressions. against the killing of alexina valley in jail. against having many political prisoners in the police to secure. their rallies were met with mass arrests. that did not stop thousands from gathering in moscow as night fell. brute force has not sinned in russia just yet. joined by. these supporters who want him set free of course but all likely is in putin's russia well i think that the chances of that happening are pretty much slim to none after all from the point of view of the russian authorities viney
is in prison on embezzlement charges which of course self say it says are politically motivated letting him free would be tantamount to essentially admitting that there is no rule of law in russia but if you're asking me whether street protests can have an effect in russia i think they can have a limited effect the kremlin certainly will be concerned after the protests that took place yesterday across russia not just in russia's biggest cities but also in smaller cities as we just saw in that report for the kremlin public opinion does matter especially ahead of the upcoming duma elections which are scheduled for september so we may see some sort of limited concession he won't be let free but perhaps eventually he could be allowed to see his doctor is which is one of his key demands. does the russian opposition the vollies supporters think that they have
enough support from the international community notably from the united states the european union. i think international support is definitely nice to have for the russian opposition it gives them kind of some legitimacy including in the eyes of their own supporters here in russia but i think the main question is the organization itself and how they're organized across russia internally now by news team has managed to unite the opposition here behind me which is very unusual the opposition is known for infighting here in russia and they've also opened dozens of campaign offices and offices across the country they were able to organize these protests yesterday and also earlier this week earlier this year across the country as i said which is unusual for russia but that may soon change as early as next week there is a trial taking place about the anti corruption fund they could be declared an
extremist organization which could essentially end their activity here in russia and could mean that they won't be able to organize protests like the ones we saw yesterday almost a correspondent emily should win there thank you emily was there on the subject of russia because ukraine is also seeking international support against russia's military buildup along as borders in an interview with reuters news agency ukraine's foreign minister says it's important the west acts now to prevent russia from launching military action troll russian rebels for the ukrainian army to a standstill it was several years ago in the country's east nikolay now reports from the ukrainian city of mariupol where people are preparing for war. only a few of the older children here can really remember a time without since conflict began 7 years ago these children have seen parents
lose their livelihoods and often their lives now they found stability in this christian children's home in a city of half a 1000000 people just a matter of kilometers from the frontlines. dropping everything and getting to safety in a hurry this drill is all about russia's troop buildup along ukraine's borders means these kinds of exercises are once again part of daily life here for some of the teenagers though there is little need to practice. back in 2014 i spent 2 months living in our sailor with my mom and i never thought the war would reach us i remember watching t.v. it all just seemed so unreal like something from a film then our neighbor's house was hit we ran date into the sailor for cover and we were just listening to it all. it was really scary i'm scared the house of collapse around us and we'd be trapped in there. back in 2014 front line suburbs
of residential neighborhoods and dozens of casualties nowadays the front line is still just as close to the city and its residents just as vulnerable ukraine's army has made significant strides since 2014 but at sea where russian forces are also now massing ukraine is still at a significant disadvantage. the crew of this ukrainian coast guard vessel a tight lipped willing to tell us that they've seen increased russian activity in recent weeks they're ready and willing they say to respond to any possible provocation whether or not they expect all that they refused to say. is that the security service and just this journey of. ukraine. hopelessly outnumbered in these words is always. controlling access to see the sea of as of now the ukraine nor its allies can send any reinforcements. for all the
military and diplomatic posturing every day life goes on can often seem oblivious to the attention being paid to this region by the outside world. we did leave i have no idea if there will be a war or not but it definitely doesn't depend on what we do here does that leave the both of them yes they're raising tensions now but i still think this is all about political bargaining but it's just. you know everyone here in marion paul has a sick case packed with money at the same chance in case they need to leave in a hurry everyone does. we're tired of being afraid that something people here in eastern ukraine tell you time and time again desperate for a chance to live a little even if that would stop them preparing for the worst as they like the rest of the world try to understand what it is like to me putin and his troops have in store for them. and find out what that is are now joined by ben hodges a recently retired 4 star general with the u.s. army he's now with the center for european policy analysis
a nonpartisan think tank but thanks for joining us just how concerned are you by this russian troop buildup on ukraine's borders with. a serious escalation of violence is imminent and the longer think this is just a muscle flexing activity when i look at the scale of the moment. just a redeployment of naval vessels from the caspian sea to go actually. this is something more than just an exercise. so what are the other signs that this is more than just an exercise or just saber rattling what would put in the end there. well 1st of all the language coming from the kremlin i think that the kremlin has been preparing the russian population for an escalation of the conflict for the last few
weeks with talk about ukrainian aggression. the creation of false pretext about a humanitarian crisis in crimea. talk about a huge nato buildup on their border this is all part of the fairy tale that the kremlin uses to prepare their own people and to try to justify or whether doing so it's language it's the scale of forces missed the logistics for doing this. i don't think that they intend to go into the donbass they already have thousands of russian soldiers in the done best leading and supporting the so-called separatists i think with their cheating their what they want which is to destabilize ukraine and make it impossible for ukraine to join the e.u. or nato you know other forces are intended i think to increase their control over all of the c. of s. of them perhaps more of the black sea coast. do you think
a full scale invasion of ukraine is on the cots. now i don't think when you say a full scale invasion you know you're talking about a big red arrow that cuts into the heart of ukraine i don't think that's what they're interested in do and remember this is this really started in 2008 with the invasion of georgia they saw that the west did not do anything and you have russian troops still sitting in 20 percent of georgia and then the russians solved it we didn't do anything after the assad regime called cross president obama's red line in this struggle with didn't really do anything after the invasion of ukraine in 2014 i mean other than some sanctions truthfully we collectively have done nothing to punish or hold the prelims accountable and he is i think we're seeing do you think that will change in this particular instance do you think nato is prepared to
use military force to oppose russia have no this is not about nato nato defense nato and the alliance has done a great job of ensuring that nato members are prepared this is about berlin paris brussels london in washington as they can together and holding the grandmother accountable and unfortunately most of the leadership in all of those chemicals has been have been invisible even my own president who started out saying the ukrainian sovereignty is a priority putin is a killer and then we're merely follow that up with very weak incoherent actions and i think this only emboldens invites the primitive human movement until their forces start former u.s. general ben hodges thank you very much for being on our program today and you have to. time now to have a look at some of the other stories making headlines around the world india has reported the highest one day tally of coronavirus cases anywhere almost
350315000 people tested positive for covert 9000 on thursday the country has seen a huge spike in infections as it struggles to deal with the 2nd wave of the pandemic many hospitals are overfilled and running out of critical supplies. spanish prime minister petro sanchez has pledged to give give up to 10 percent of his country's coronavirus vaccines to latin american and caribbean countries this year spain has an ocular it is already hard of its population he was speaking at the i barrow american summit where other leaders of hughes rich countries of boarding backs against. the indonesian navy has launched a search operation for a missing submarine it has 53 crew on board contact was lost on wednesday as the sub was conducting a drill off the island of bali australia and singapore also have to plod ships to support the search for germany's parliament has passed
a national law imposing coronavirus lockdowns on areas with high infection rates it ends a patchwork approach to tackling the pandemic by germany's 16th federal states union polls show a majority of germans support the new legislation but wednesday also saw its opponents take to the streets of the capital. chancellor angela merkel campaigned long and hard for the new legislation but on wednesday she let others take the floor there was heated debate down to the very last moment opposition parties such as the right wing populist a.f.d. try to have the vote removed from their agenda drawing harsh criticism from the coalition government. that is going as it's even if there's no law then there will be no emergency measures and if there are no measures people will get sick and die and the fact that they are now clapping reveals the true hideous nature of this party and even door to door to start the business friendly f.t.p.
say they'll challenge the law in the courts and why did i want to add this if there is no scientific evidence which proves that curfews prevent the spread of the virus and to just hope that they will actually make a difference is not enough to justify such a serious infringement on citizens fundamental rights should be every big one to act i think this so h. tragic but in the end the majority of parliamentarians voted in favor of amending the infection protection act. the changes affect all cities and districts registering more than 100 cases per 100000 residents over a week a nighttime curfew will be imposed from 10 pm until 5 am contact will be limited for residents from one household to just one other person when the 7 day incidence rate exceeds $165.00 schools and shops will be closed currently most cities and districts are seeing infection rates well above these figures meaning the changes
will take effect almost immediately. surveys show that a majority of people in germany approve of the measures many are in favor of even tougher measures but that didn't stop a minority from taking to the streets around 8000 demonstrators gathered outside parliament to protest what they see as an unjustified attack on their constitutional rights they now hope that the new law will be stopped either by the 2nd chamber of parliament the bonus hot or the courts. u.s. president joe biden will open a global climate summit today marking the united states' return to international efforts to cut greenhouse gas emissions the summit opens on earth day which in the modern environmental movement back in 1980. this planet is threatened with destruction. we are in a crisis. on the 22nd of april $970.00 millions of americans
mostly students took to the streets to demand more environmental protection it was the birth of earth day and an important step towards what was to become a global environmental movement proles a pesticide controls ahead clean air clean water the list of environmental laws and regulations that hast over that decade have to earth day or way by a growing environmental movement is quite historic never the less spiffy one years later today's environmental problems are even more serious due to climate change. since the beginning of industrialization the earth has heated up by one degree it could be well over 2 degrees warmer by the end of the century. today it's once again mainly young people who are taking to the streets this time they're demanding a drastic reduction in global c o 2 emissions that we young people have had enough we say you know was 2015196 states signed up to
the paris agreement which promises to limit climate change before the paris climate agreement has been signed the if. it was an historic moment and when air traffic was reduced to a bare minimum during the early days of the corona virus pandemic it was clear that things can change but even that's not enough say researchers and environmental activists. we should not underestimate the power of an individual to cause a commotion and get results change is possible earth day is demanding it because the climate clock is ticking. on this i'm now joined by john from did obvious environment department is it already too late as some say to change course or do the experts say there's still time. it's not too late for most people but it is
definitely too late for some people climate change has already caused death it's already killed people in the form of hot a heatwave strongest storms raging more intense wildfires all of this is already had an impact and if you look purely at even the pollution from from fossil fuels that's estimated from the latest studies to cause about $8000000.00 deaths a year so it is definitely too late for some people but what's also clear is that there's no kind of cliff edge beyond which it's too late to do anything when i talk climate scientists they really stress that every little bit helps every extra step we take comes here to emissions will stop the climate from warming by a little bit more. as if they are a poll we saw pictures from the protests 15 years ago when the whole movement was launched really today we have movies like fried is the future and do these protests really change something. we can see that climate awareness
people's understanding of climate change has definitely become much bigger and more mainstream over the last few years and scientists can't really exactly pin down how much of that is due to the activists in the protests people at return because so or how much of that is due to government actually take sitting up and taking more notice of it there was a big scientific study that came out a few years ago that really details just how bad the consequences of 1.5 degrees celsius of warming would would leave the entire planet and that's also been seen in the big game changer in how we consider the sear to emissions and how quickly we need to cut those down. i'll just stay with us for a 2nd because i want to take a quick look at the current level of carbon dioxide emissions around the world because since 2005 c o 2 emissions have been slowly increasing but the corona pandemic has broad movement restrictions that that meant that emissions dropped last year as you
can see here lockdowns of course meant less pollution had some positive impact on global c o 2 levels but the drop is of course going to reverse when the economy is going to recover and when activity return there will of course be an increase in c o 2 emissions in the coming years with a sustainable recovery plan the world could actually lower emissions according to the international energy agency and let's go back to. their. job we prepare ourselves if we're looking at the c o 2 levels in the corona cries low lockdowns should we prepare ourselves for c o 2 lockdowns climate lockdowns in the near future. i think the pandemic is showing that climate lockdowns will not really bring us very far the dip in the mission that's already bounced back really is not actually something that's sustainable and
it also really made a small dent in the overall problem activists strongly calling for for these systemic changes that actually address the entire issue and really actually swap fossil fuel emissions to do their energy from renewable energy and clean source of that don't actually pollute the atmosphere scientists do say it is a bit more complex because there are changes that particular people and rich countries that will have to be made and that to some extent will involve a sacrifice so in terms of what people can actually do to limit climate change staying at home isn't something that really any sign to any credible scientists as far as i'm way of going for but they are saying things like reduce the amount you fly if you fly reduce the amount you drive if you drive or even stop driving altogether if you can and maybe eat less meat to eat less beef that comes from area they will be for a station these are all practical things people can do to address climate change but compared to the biggest systemic issues it's only a small part of the big picture. from that he doubly the environment department
thank you andy. think of football now and your dog months kept their champions league hopes alive after a 2 nil win at home to lean the victory sees them cut the gap to the elite competition slots to 4 points with 4 games of the season remaining. dortmund as usual turned to the youngsters with their champions league qualification hopes hanging by a thread their opponents on young were also chasing a european spot and it was they who almost got off to a flying start with just 13 seconds on the clock marcus inverts and call the shots against the crossbar and early let off a dortmund but the hosts grew into the game talking as are fed marker royce and the captain should have put dortmund ahead but his short rolled harmlessly wide. royce made amends though in the 25th minute when he won a penalty there seemed to be little contact from on young keeper router and
although he said erling holland spot kick royce followed up and bundled the full length of it's a pill to swallow for the visitors who felt the penalty was harsh and almost managed to clear their lines. in the 2nd half they went agonizingly close to equalising when max cruisers free kick can and off the coast 5 replays showed dortmund keeper marvin hits got a feather light touch on the ball to turn it on to the post and keep his side ahead . with time ticking away dortmund made the win safe with the rock face counterattack rafael guerrero doubled his side's lead with a smart finish pass the stubborn loser. dortmund's more experienced stars delivered a 2 nil win that gives them a fighting chance of making the top 4. that's it you're up to date the next is conflict zone sebastian talks to libya's ambassador to the u.s.
looks. into the conflict zone team sebastian. libya has a new government of national unity which promises free elections by the end of this year from the roadblocks it faces aren't arms militia groups to hold power throughout the country my guest this week is coming by leaving as a last of this of you i mean geneva quaaludes new government succeed. conflict so for. the for.
playing out in chad. country in turmoil. 5 young people from algeria had to speak out and be shot and killed about their dreams of fearsome. and about a life caught between hope and resignation algeria my life. in 45 minutes on d w. times are good for the. warming. drugs because while. the industry is controlling your
thoughts the great books of the 20th century. present a hoaxes. upgraded memory manufacturing ignorance starts may 3rd. there is more freedom of speech to date and video that ever was in the history of the human treatment it's barbaric it's the bye we have to give the government a chance libya has a new government of national unity which promises free elections by the end of this year for the roadblocks it faces are immense armed militia groups still hold power throughout the country they still kill and kidnap with impunity my guest this week is tommy lee by maybe as i'm boss of the u.n. in geneva where he joins me how will this new government succeed well be on.