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and by contributions to this pbs station from viewers like you. thank you. announcer: and now, "bbc world news". laura: this is bbc world news america. migrants trying to cross the mediterranean are prevented from reaching europe. even if it ridgeland, the trouble does not stop. >> we have hard fish -- taken back out to sea. laura: the violence is getting worse in south africa. 72 people have died in the unrest. president biden says the right to vote should be simple and straightforward as
republican-led states try to overhaul ballot rules. >> no other election has ever been held with such scrutiny, high standards. the big lie is just that. a big lie. laura: plus, a reunion 24 years in the making. we have to moment when parents in china are reunited with the son who was stolen from them. welcome to world news america. human rights groups allege thousands of migrants have been turned away at sea. they are accused of literally pushing refugees away from shore.
an official described it as a violation of values. greece denies the allegations. reporter: on europe's southern frontier, guardians are accused of breaking the law. >> please! reporter: pushing asylum-seekers across an international border time and again. >> creek coast guard. this is turkish postcard. -- turkish coast guard. >> it is violence. reporter: in some cases shots are fired in the air and water. all to intimidate. we have been investigating the story of some of those who allege they have been victims of pushback's. migrants films part of their encounter.
using the footage we have verified the date and location of the incident. assess -- >> we fled the country and there was no way to get a visa. with the war at home, multiple problems. i made the sign of the cross. reporter: some do manage to land in greece, but it does not end the danger being pushed back. we have hard evidence of people who have gotten ashore and been discovered only to be taken back out to sea and question the direction of turkey witht any due process. >> than they puts on the bus
and took us to a fort. it was around 8:00 p.m.. they were police wring dark blue. i could only see the eyes. they were armed with weapons. then we arrived at a location. they put us all on one boat, after that we realized we were in regional turkish waters. reporter: they said they were then transferred to boats with no engines before being picked up by thturkish coast guard. thousands of refugees applying for asylum in the eu. campaigners say it is breaking international law. >> all of this are international obligations. also it is eu law that is violated.
the right to seek asylum is also in fundamental rights. reporter: since these scenes, sentiment has hardened against migrants. the eu is turned to a blind diet of abuses. some boats are even accused of helping with pushback's. a top official says pushback defy core values] and must stop. >> these are violations of european values. when we are protecting our borders, we are protecting our values. it is because of our values. that is why you don't see violations going on without a proper response. reporter: we asked for an
interview. it has denied the pushback has taken place. that dial will be challenged if the eu is serious about ending abuses on its borders. laura: president biden delived his strongest attack yet on donald trump's claim that voter fraud custom the election. speaking in philadelphia, mr. biden called efforts on american. in 17 republican-led states there have been efforts to pass laws that supporters say -- president biden pointed out there has been no evidence of widespread fraud. >> this is not democrats or republicans. it's about who we are as americans. the kind of country we want
today. the kind of country we want for our children and grandchildren. quite frankly. the whole world is watching. laura: mr. biden's intervention came as a battle is playing out over voting rights in texas. democratic state lawmakers skipped town to come to washington, the local republicans would not have the courtroom needed to move forward. these include id requirements if you are voting by mail and bans on drive-thru voting and 24 hour voting. greg abbott says he will keep calling lawmakers back for special sessions until they vote. he has even threatened to arrest the democratic lawmakers. one texas democrat told the bbc she is not worried about being arrested. she wants federal laws guaranteeing voting rights to be passed which would override state laws. >> texas is the hardest state to
vote in as it is. if we can get any type of help and oversight, i think that would actually put us in a position we can go ahead, allow them to pass whatever terrible bill, but we know we would have the federal legislation and win in court. laura: for more on the issue and how it compares elsewhere, where joined by a harvard professor. president biden said the fight over america's voting laws is coming down to democracy? is that an overstatement? >> the president made an incredibly powerful speech. it condemned in the strongest terms the efforts to suppress the vote that are taking place
in state legislatures and the efforts to subvert election administration. i think the point is very significant. people in the united states understand that's the way the world views us. laura: the democratic recession is deepening across the world so says freedom house. do you see the united states as being part of that trend? >> i think the challenges are similar in some ways. there is in the united states a big lie. a majority of the republican party, not entirely believes it
needs to subvert t rules in order to continuto stay in power. that is obviously a can to the authoritarian tendencies we see in countries around the wod. laura: but, republican officials woul say they're just trying to make the vote more secure. is what troues you partisan officials being put in charge of llot oversight in this country? >> there have been study after study that show the cases of actual voter fraud are minuscule. as president biden says, they have been the most secure and scrutinized in a very long time. it is a red herring. it is an argument that has no substance but is being used and advanced as a way to maintain minority rule through the mechanisms that undercut and defy the will of the people.
laura: after what happened here on january 6, can the u.s. set an example but it comes to democratic leadership? >> i think the urgency for us to do just that is here. i think there needs to be as he called for a coalition, a strong pushback against these kind of authoritarian tendencies and laws that have been passed in 14 states, 15 in texas. showed that the united states has the will and capacity. i think you will see grassroots activity, litigation, but we also need congress to act. as president biden called for, some republicans who stand up and say the big lie is just that. we are going to stand up for democracy and we need every single democrat to do what is
necessary to protect votes. laura: thank you so much for joining us. police in south africa say 72 people have died. that includes 10 people killed in a stampede on monday night. the military has been deployed. reporter: thrown by her mother to safety. the rampage because these people to flee their homes. they set the building on fire. this man returned to help people
escape. let initially started has become a free-for-all. the looting spree began five days ago and it has continued unabated. the military has been deployed on the ground but even they cannot control the situation. 800 people have been arrested and leaders have said 19 people have died, while the death toll [indiscernible] despite the visible criminality, some believe this is about the jail former president. >> it is. [indiscernible]
that is when it started. these ople did not want him to be arrested. the president should have done something to prevent this. reporter: people say livelihos have been affected. >> increasing unemployment. this is not ok. my sister is at home doing nothing. >> we are going to be hungry. reporter: more troops are expected to be deployed to prevent spread.
laura: in other news, coronavirus cases are on the rise in the united states. infections climbed to an average of 23,000 per day according to johns hopkins. that is up. the remains of one of napoleon's famous generals was discovered. a1 leggett skeleton was found buried in a park. the identity confirmed by dna. he was hit by a cannonball during the french invasion of russia in 1812. you're watching bbc world news america. still to come on tonight's program. africa's last absolute monarchy is facing protests.
security forces are accused of a brutal crackdown. laura: in iraq people have died due to a fire. officials say the blaze is under control and the search is underway. reporter: this morning, relatives search for their loved ones. the temporary ward left mangled by the heat. the building was new, the structure tacked onto the side of the hospital. likely an oxygen tank exploded.
promising repercussions for this catastrophic failure has ended up taking so many. laura: the kingdom in africa is seeing protests against the king. dozens have been killed. security forces have been accused of using heavy-handed tactics. this report contains distressing images. reporter: a young life rarely cut short just hours after chasing away protesters, a 27-year-old was killed. >> when i got to the hospital,
there were people who had gunshot wounds. people full of blood. i am mad because i'm trying to understand why people would shoot to kill a young man. reporter: for weeks, the government has tried to suppress the accounts. this boy might never walk again. his mother says he was shot in the back. despite the shutdown, the footage tells a story of intimidation and use of force by police. this was the government's response to protests. it was a ban on petitions. for years the king has been
accused of giving jobs and contracts to relatives in public support for reforms has grown. the bbc's application to enter has been ignored. the journalists who did enter were arrested. what happened next shocked them. >> you can't breathe. it was very bad. reporter: officials deny any have an handedness. -- heavy handedness. >> [indiscernible] they were responding to a crowd.
reporter: is the monarch prepared to give up absolute power? >> the people determine how they want to move forward. reporter: while the king is still to be seen, peace has returned, but the citizens frustrions run deep amidst concerns that the anger could boil over once again. bbc, johannesburg. laura: that u.s. state department has urged cuba's government to reopen the internet days after the largest protests in decades. opposition sources say dozens of people have been arrested since sunday's protest. unauthorized plic gatherings are illegal and protests are rare. the president described the protest as mercenaries. for more i spoke to a journalist in havana.
it sounds ashough cuba's police state is still alive and well and have the ability to crackdown on theserotests. >> so far, yes. it is still a tense situation. the government is concerned, but so far they have managed fairly well by their point of view. laura: what have you seen on the streets? >> i have been here a long tim i was in the 1994 right in havana. i have been here a long time, seen it all. this is by far the most significant event on sunday that
has happened since early in the revolution decades ago. not only because there were more people. they were widespread. they were in havana. santiago. important cities. they were in a number of small town they were significant and distinct and it has a lot to do with the situation and internet. internet came very late to cuba, really only a few years ago was it but on the cell phone. very unique situation, a far cry
from a mass uprising at this point. we have to see how this works out. laura: given the hardship, do you think the protest will continue? >> we have to state. the main thing for the cuban people, remember, 25,000 people, 30,000 people involved. there are 11.3 million people in cuba. the main issue there is the pandemic. the government has two good vaccines they are deploying them massively. they have almost 20% of the population vaccinated. it's hard to tell what will happen next. if the government said do whatever you want, they would be frustrated.
the government is going to do what it can to tamp it down, and we have to see how that plays out. laura: thank you so much for joining us. before we go tonight, we have a heartwarming story of a long-overdue reunion in china. this is the moment when a mother and father were reunited with their son, 24 years after he was taken from their doorstep. he was snatched at age two by human traffickers. he spent years writing a motorbike across china. he traveled me than 500,000 kilometers, 300,000 miles. if this sounds like the stuff of movies, it is. it inspired a film in 2015,
thankfully, the real life version had a happy ending. i am laura trevelyan. thanks for watching world is america. narrator: funding for this presentation of this program is provided by... narrator: financial services firm, raymond james. narrator: funding was also provided by, the freeman foundation. by judy and peter blum kovler foundation; pursuing solutions for america's neglected needs. and by contributions to this pbs station from viewers like you. thank you. ♪ ♪ narrator: you're watching pbs. ♪ da-da-da-duh-da-da-da♪ ♪ da-da-da-da-da-da ♪♪
captioning sponsored by newshour productions, llc >> woodruff: good evening, i'm judy woodruff. on the newshour tonight, the fight to vote-- texas democrats leave the state to block republicans from passing a restrictive new voting law. then, western wildfires-- authorities struggle to contain blazes burning across ten states as the region grapples with ongoing drought and heat waves. and, raising the future-- we examine the causes of the high cost for parents and the low wages for workers in this country's increasingly unequal child care system. >> we know if you can't access child care, the impact that has on your ability to work, you may not work at all. you may have to reduce your earning. >> woodruff: all that and more on tonight's pbs