News Wrap: Iraqi forces fire on protesters in Baghdad


JUDY WOODRUFF: In the day’s other news: A
mass march in Hong Kong erupted into some
of the worst violence seen there yet.
And for the first time, police shot a protester.
The unrest came as mainland China marked the
70th anniversary of the communist state.
Matt Frei of Independent Television News is
in Hong Kong and reports on the protests that
swept the city.
MATT FREI: This march was banned by the authorities,
who hovered in the wings, a bit like these
awestruck and camera-shy tourists from mainland
China.
And yet the numbers today were huge.
It’s easy for Beijing to blame any violence
on the hooligans and these so-called terrorists,
but this is more difficult to explain, tens
of thousands of ordinary Hong Kong citizens,
unafraid, marching for democracy on the streets
of the city.
But, minutes later, things began to kick off.
The police had promised to return force with
force, and so they did, making more than 100
arrests.
Today marks a grim first.
A policemen drew his gun on a protester because
he feared for the life of a fellow officer.
The 18-year-old protester was shot in the
chest, but survived.
There were six locations where they fought
pitched battles, and we were at one of them.
The tear gas canisters returned throw from
the Hong Kong headquarters of the People’s
Liberation Army.
They wheeled in new supplies, bricks dug up
from the road, and a production line of barricades.
The resilience and fearlessness of the protesters
has stunned the government here and in Beijing.
Life in Hong Kong was supposed to be all about
the aspiration of wealth, not the destruction
of it for the sake of freedom.
But, today, Asia’s financial capital was a
battlefield, a bonfire at Beijing’s birthday
vanities, not that they cared, or even knew,
in the capital, dancing, cheering, and reveling
by numbers in a parallel universe, the one
that still has all the muscle.
JUDY WOODRUFF: That report from Matt Frei
of Independent Television News.
And we will return to the momentous events
in Hong Kong and Beijing later in the program.
In Iraq, violence broke out in Baghdad as
security forces fired on crowds protesting
corruption and a lack of jobs.
Officials said one person was killed and some
200 hurt.
Protesters waving flags confronted police,
who initially fired rubber bullets and tear
gas.
Then, they turned to live ammunition and water
cannon.
But the demonstrators insisted they won’t
go away.
MOHAMMED JASSIM, Iraqi Protester (through
translator): We want the very basic rights,
electricity, water, employment, and medicine,
nothing else.
We don’t want power or money.
All we ask is to live and have a piece of
bread to eat, but this government is shooting
at the crowd.
JUDY WOODRUFF: The government blamed what
it called a group of rioters.
Iraq has witnessed a number of similar protests
in recent months.
A new Parliament took office in Indonesia
today, amid protests against banning extramarital
sex, penalizing abortions and curbing anti-corruption
efforts.
Demonstrators swarmed the streets of Jakarta,
and police fired back with tear gas.
The protests began last week over a new criminal
code.
North Korea and the United States will revive
nuclear talks beginning this weekend.
The announcement today breaks a months-long
stalemate.
It began after a failed February summit between
President Trump and the North’s Kim Jong-un.
North Korea has since carried out a string
of short-range weapons tests.
Back in this country, a jury in Dallas convicted
a white former police officer, Amber Guyger,
of murdering a black neighbor in his own apartment.
Guyger said she mistook Botham Jean’s apartment
for hers, thought he was an intruder, and
opened fire.
The courtroom erupted in cheers when the verdict
was announced.
An attorney for Jean’s family spoke afterward.
LEE MERRITT, Attorney for Botham Jean Family:
This is a huge victory not only for the family
of Botham Jean, but as his mother, Allison,
told me a moment ago, this is a victory for
black people in America.
It’s a signal that the tide is going to change
here.
Police officers are going to getting to be
held accountable for their actions.
JUDY WOODRUFF: Guyger could get up to 99 years
in prison under Texas law.
A U.S. Justice Department watchdog is blaming
the federal Drug Enforcement Administration
for a slow response to the opioid crisis.
The inspector general’s report today said
that the DEA sharply reduced its policing
of opioids, even as overdose deaths exploded
from 2013 to 2017.
The finding comes just before a major federal
trial of claims against the industry.
Former Republican Congressman Chris Collins
of New York pled guilty today in an insider
trading case a day after resigning.
He appeared in federal court in New York and
admitted to conspiracy and making false statements.
Prosecutors said that he leaked information
about a drug company, and then lied about
it.
Harvard University has scored a big win in
a legal fight over its admissions process.
A federal judge in Boston ruled today that
the school doesn’t hold Asian American applicants
to a higher standard, as a lawsuit claimed.
The case could end up before the U.S. Supreme
Court.
Meanwhile, a federal appeals court in Washington
upheld the repeal of the so-called net neutrality
rules.
But it allowed states to enact their own standards.
The federal regulations had barred Internet
providers from favoring some services over
others.
The Federal Communications Commission scrapped
them in 2017.
On Wall Street today, stocks sank on news
that U.S. manufacturing is down for a second
straight month.
The Dow Jones industrial average lost 343
points to close at 26573.
The Nasdaq fell 90 points, and the S&P 500
dropped 36.
And former President Jimmy Carter turned 95
today, making him the first American president
to reach that milestone.
Mr. Carter had hip replacement surgery in
May, and has survived brain cancer in 2015,
but he remains active.
Happy birthday.
Still to come on the “NewsHour”: the attorney
general and the president of Australia, what
we know and why it matters; fears of global
surveillance, as China exports its technology
to the world; and much more.

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