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live from cnn world headquarters in atlanta, welcome to you our viewers here in the united states, canada and around the world. i'm kim brunhuber, and this is cnn newsroom. well, as you might expect, coronavirus is dominating the c campaign trail in the u.s. with just eight days to go until election day. vice president mike pence stumped in north carolina despite the fact that five staffers have tested positive for covid-19. his office says he has tested negative, and he will not quarantine. president donald trump spent sunday campaigning with few masks and little social distancing to be seen. he repeated several inaccurate claims about the pandemic. >> you know why we have cases so much because that's all we do is test. if we cut our testing down in
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half, they'd say, well, they wouldn't say that, but cases would go down. now we have the best tests, we are coming around. we're rounding the turn, we have the vaccines, we have everything. we're rounding the turn even without the vaccines we are rocky mountain rounding the turn. >> but case numbers are rising up in most of the country. according to johns hopkins, more than 225,000 americans have died since the pandemic began, and comments by the white house chief of staff are getting a lot of attention while speaking with our jake tapper, mark meadows made some surprising comments about what the trump administration is and isn't focusing on. take a listen. >> here's what we have to do. we're not going to control the pandemic. we are going to control the fact that we get vaccines, therapeutics and other mitigation. >> why aren't we going to get
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control of the pandemic? >> it's a contagious virus. >> why not make efforts to contain? >> we are making efforts. >> by running all over the country without a mask. that's what the vice president is doing. >> what we need to do is make sure we have the proper mitigation factors whether it's therapies or vaccines or treatments to make sure people don't die from this. >> reporter: cnn's kaitlan collins has more on the comments and the outbreak in the vice president's circle. >> the vice president was in north carolina yesterday despite the fact that several of his top aides had recently tested positive for coronavirus, including within 24 hours his chief of staff marc short who is selfsolating and not likely to return to th campaign trail with the vice president over the next several days, and of course there's only a few days left until the e electricilection, ae president has been on the road with staff, include when he was on the road with one of his
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senior political advisers who works outside the office who has tested positive. basically the situation is there are several staffers close to the vice president who have tested positive for coronavirus including his body man. there are several staffers having to quarantine because they were in contact with someone who tested positive. white house says he's an essential worker, cleared by his medical team to go out. werch we haven't had an on the record statement. the day the chief of staff told jake tapper yesterday in interview they are not going to get control of the coronavirus. they are going to focus on convenien vaccines and therapeutics but there's not a way to contain, which is not what we have heard from health experts, saying if they did wear masks and social distancing, two things the white house has rebutted, that could
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stop the spread of coronavirus or at least slow it in the united states. that clearly doesn't seem to be the white house's point of view and also seems to be in contradiction to what the president has been telling us for months. the coronavirus is under control and we are rounding the corner of the pandemic. >> one jumped on the comments by the white house chief of staff, vice presidential nominee kamala harris says the trump administration was basically admitting they failed. >> they are admitting defeat, and i have been saying that, and joe biden has been saying that since the beginning. this is the greatest failure of any presidential administration in the history of america. and he went on to say you can't control it, like the flu. and yet again, they're suggesting to the american people that this is like the flu. when we have known from the beginning and they knew since january that it's five times more deadly than the flu. >> both trump and biden campaigns are getting out on the campaign trail today with a flurry of events just over a
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week before election day. president trump is set to hold three rallies in the battleground state of pennsylvania while vice president mike pence is set to visit minnesota. democratic presidential nominee joe biden is set to be in delaware where jill biden rallies supporters in georgia, and kamala harris is scheduled to appear on the daytime talk show, "the view." for more on the u.s. presidential race, let's bring in professor of international politics at city university of london and visiting professor at the school university of london. on one hand we have the president saying we're handling it, we're rounding the corner and we have his chief of staff saying we're not going to control the pandemic. so forget about the public health merits of this. it's a campaign strategy.
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what's the thinking on one hand projecting confidence, on the other, resignation, it's almost gone, if there isn't, there's nothing we can do. >> i think one message is just purely for the people that president trump may be speaking to at the moment, when he's on the campaign trail where he thinks it serves his interest to say it's getting under control or rounding the corner. the other is really more consistent with the strategy of herd immunity, which this administration has followed pretty much from the beginning, and without a vaccine, herd immunity basically is an admission that you're not going to do anything effective about the coronavirus, the pandemic, you're just going to let it run its course and that actually is consistent with the trump strategy from the very beginning. they have a view that science is unimportant, is not useful. they're not following guidelines by the cdc and so on. and i think they thought probably that this thing was going to largely affect blue states and they did everything in their power, in effect, to
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carry that on. and, you know, sent some of their supporters to liberate michigan, liberate virginia, and so on and so forth. that encouraged right wing people. they are doubling down on their electoral strategy, stick with a big message, you don't need to wear a mask, social distance, government has no role. at a time when you're running for the president is an about di da ka -- >> just in purely political terms was an opportunity for the president to unite the country and not having done that will cost him at the polls, so you wrote that in july, so now we're at the end of october, any reason to change your mind? >> not really. i think there's a political electoral strategy which is i think they thought they would just be a problem for democratic
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states, and democratic cities and so on. i think underneath it all was a philosophy which is that there's a deep state, the deep state is made up of civil servants, public officials and so on and that is untrustworthy, that is not going to be efficient in doing anything, in fact, the administration is against the deep state, and i think the underlying viewpoint has not changed one little bit and the investigations done by other public agents like vanity fair into the behavior of jared kushner all the way to march, when private companies offered a plan to build ventilators and ppe and distribute it and so on was rejected by kushner. we have seen a consistent strategy, an anti-government strategy. and right now, i think president trump is trying to galvanize his own support to turn out and i think he's relying on a
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contested election in order to have any chance to remain in office. >> thank you to the professor speak to go me a short time ago. a source tells cnn that president trump is planning to host a white house swearing in event today for his supreme court pick, amy coney barrett, after her expected confirmation. she's set to fill the seat of the late justice ruth bader ginsburg who died last month. democrats have blasted president trump and republicans for moving forward with barrett's nomination so close to the election. cnn's lauren fox has more from washington. >> in what has been a fast moving confirmation process, amy coney barrett is on track to be approved to the supreme court on monday when the senate is expected to vote. this comes after the senate advanced her nomination in a procedural vote on sunday afternoon. now, all eyes are going to be on whether or not vice president mike pence will attend this vote. that's because members of his staff have tested positive for coronavirus, and while the vice president and his wife have both
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continued to test negative, there's some concerns on capitol hill whether or not pence should make it to this vote or not with democratic leader chuck schumer arguing it would endanger the senate for pence to attend that vote, and other republicans saying it's not necessary for him to be there, although senator john thune the majority whip told me it was up to the vice president to make that decision for himself in consultation with medical experts. another lock down would be devastating. italy is one of several countries trying to slow a second wave of the coronavirus. we'll have the details ahead. stay with us.
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. covid-19 cases in some european countries are climbing to record breaking levels. france reported more than 52,000 new cases on sunday, breaking t its daily record for the 4th day in a row. the country's positivity rate is double that of the u.s. another daily infection record was broken in italy.
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the prime minister says italy can't afford another lock down. the government is ordering bars and restaurants to close by 6:00 p.m. movie theaters, gyms must close their doors all together. and it could be possible to start vaccinating those at most risk for the virus quote in the first half if not the first quarter of next year. cnn's melissa bell is live with the latest. with cases up, more worrying, as i mentioned earlier, the positivity rate climbing higher, i read it was 7% a month ago, now 17%. >> that's right. the figures have been rising exponential exponentially fast. that's something we have been hearing about the scientific council, they have been surprised by the brutality of the second wave, by how infectious this second wave, speculating that this might have to do with a drop in temperatures, that's making the
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virus spread even faster, that's what he is saying on french radio earlier this morning. here in paris, the figures extremely alarming, in terms of icu entries, 65% of icu beds by covid-19 patients in the greater paris region and there are fears that could worsen substantially, and further restrictions might be needed even beyond the ones in place for more than a week. the question is whether monday, tuesday or wednesday we start to see the difference in figures that would allow authorities to understand that their changes had been enough. for now, the fear is there could be a need for further restrictions, the ones you mentioned in italy, also in spain. a state of emergency now in place, kim, until the month of may. that gives you an idea of how long authorities fear is going to take beyond a second wave and get it under control. beyond the partial lock down in position around the greater madrid area, now in the entire
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country, curfews put in place, and restrictions can be brought in on travel between regions, so countries really now fighting these very worrying figures with everything that stops short of those second national lock downs that everyone is determined to afford because no country, not simply italy can afford them at this stage, kim. >> thank you so much for that, melissa bell in paris. and we'll go to wales where a lock down went into effect for two weekends to fight covid-19. let's talk about this more with cnn's nina dos santos. what's been the response to the lock down so far? >> reporter: i think it's decidedly mixed, kim, basically it depends on where you live in wales and what you do for a living as well. we have been spending the last two days crisscrossing the country where there's been a big incident to the rural
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communities that are desperately trying to shield themselves from this virus. one thing that is clear is it is continuing to spread in terms of a wave of infections, and that's worrying everybody across wales. shutting up shop and locking down. friday's last orders were filled with uncertainty. as come sun down, wales 3 million residents were once more ordered to stay at home for the next two weeks. a fire break deemed essential to stop covid in its tracks. >> a short but deep period of restrictions that will interrupt the virus, break the chains of transmission. that is the best hope we have of being able to get things back on track. >> the decision was welcomed by these shoppers on the streets. >> it's about time somebody took the bull by the horns. >> there's people dying at the end of the day. we have to stay in and respect
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that. >> reporter: not so much in the supermarkets where a ban on the sale of nonessential items prompted a petition to loosen the new laws almost immediately. he meanwhile, businesses braced themselves for meager takings. >> if this didn't work the first time, why is it going to work the second time. we have hand sanitizer, we wash our hands every ten minutes, we socially distance in the store. why can't we stay open safely. >> reporter: like scotland and northern ireland, wales has its own government. it claims this national lock down is needed to prevent the virus spreading from big cities, to remote places but hasn't yet gained a foothold. the border with england is also a source of concern. in the mountains of north wales, they were spared the first wave of the pandemic, only to recently witness an uptick in cases, thanks largely to tourists bringing the virus over the border from hot spots in
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england. the welsh government says it's following scientific advice. part of the science confirms that genetic material from covid-19 caught by people in neighboring parts of england is now popping up in waste water in wales. >> very very busy here. >> it's lucky to see people, but it was really busy. >> thousands of visitors were streaming into snowdonia every day. now, not even the locals are allowed out without good reason. halloween is off the cards so that maybe christmas can be saved. >> we can't do anything. and you can't diversify. we have all built our businesses up over 15, 20 years, you know, what can you do. >> reporter: wales is taking a different approach to other parts of britain, still focused on local tiered restrictions. this will last until november 9th. whether the picture will look
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will less bleak thereafter, it may be many weeks until that becomes clear. this lock down that wales has for the next two weeks which is supposed to end in two weeks, but there's real fear that may roll on to another one of these lock downs that seems to be never ending. we saw in sort of spring and summer time when those cases were spiking, but the welch government says it has to do this to prevent a repeat of that situation. there will be many people on either sides of this border, a couple of miles down the road from where i am today that will say treating one part of the country in one way, its own government and other parts another, is deeply up fair. only time will tell. >> absolutely very interesting reporting there how you show how easily the virus moves across the border. thank you so much for that news, appreciate it. health officials in china's western region of shinjiang say
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they are in the process of testing 4.7 million people after a single case was reported on saturday. the mass testing has identified 137 additional asymptomatic cases. let's go now to cnn's steven jang who jins me now from beijin -- joins me now. the size and scope of the testing they are able to marshal to get it under control, it's pretty amazing. >> that's right, you know, from the perspective chinese authorities, this is a tried and true method that has contained several outbreaks in china in recent months. in this instance, they launched the same process, mask testing, locking down towns once they identified the 138 asymptomatic cases. now they are still testing as we speak because that's nearly 5
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million residents we are talking about. they are more than halfway done with the whole process to be completed by tuesday. the central government here in beijing is also sending a team of experts to help local officials to cutting even more epidemiological investigations because there are several baffling aspects about the latest cluster of cases. the first case, a teenage village girl and her family, they have never left town since january and have no known contact with previous cases. officials are trying to figure out what happened this time around. but, you know, this method of course is why they say this kind of swift and drastic response is why they say they are confident they are able to contain this latest outbreak as they have done in previous cases in other cities across china. >> thank you so much. still ahead, mixed messages. >> we are coming around. we're rounding the turn. we have the vaccines.
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with just over a week left to convince voters to give them a sec term, the u.s. president and his number two spent a busy weekend on the campaign trail. vice president mike pence is under scrutiny after five aides tested positive for the coronavirus. he says he's tested negative and won't stop campaigning. president donald trump will hold
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three rallies in pennsylvania monday. here's his response when asked if pence should step back from the trail. >> he's doing very well. >> white house correspondent john harwood has more. >> reporter: events on sunday encapsulated the dilemma facing president trump and his campaign with just over a week to go before election day. the president was campaigning in both maine and new hampshire, insisting we're rounding corner on the pandemic. appearing without masks or social distancing, getting very close to voters. but reality intruded with a major outbreak of coronavirus with people close to the vice president including his chief of staff mark shoc short, as well s body man, who travels most cloe closely with mike pence. he disregarded cdc guidelines, did not quarantine himself.
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the white house chief of staff marc meadows confessed in a conversation with jake tapper that we can't control the pandemic. we're simply waiting for therapeutics and a vaccine. the challenge, of course, is for the president, the coronavirus pandemic is the number one issue for voters, and they have a harsh judgment of the president's handling of it. nevertheless, he's pressing on, he ended the evening on sunday with a trick or treat halloween event at the white house. the president appearing without a mask. however, he was not handing out the candy itself. that was done by white house staffers who were wearing masks and gloves in a different location. john harwood, cnn, the white house. let's talk about this with dr. chris leffler, an associate professor at virginia commonwealth university medical center. thank you so much for being with us today. i want to ask you, we know masks work to reduce transmission. there's some protective effect
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for the people wearing it. mainly we know overall if people wear masks, it stops transmission. mask mandates, what happens when governments force everybody to wear a mask, and the reason i want to explore this, we asked dr. fauci the other day, it may be time to consider a mask man daylight, and dr. scott gottlieb saying it's time to consider a limited temporary national mask mandate, and he made that point again yesterday on tv. listen to this. >> there's things that we can do to slow the spread. i mean, a national mask mandate can be put into place. it doesn't need to be backed up with fines or a stringent enforcement. we have other requirements that we expect of a civil soeciety that we enforce with political jawboning, leadership, we give warnings at first. masks are one thing we could be doing. >> that's why i wanted to speak with you, doctor, you were
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coauthor of a study looking at that question, do mask mandates work. what did you find? >> we did find that it helps the countries where a government recommended that the public wear masks within 20 days of the on set of their outbreak, had a mortality of 1.5 per million whereas the countries that didn't recommend masks had a mortality over 200 per million on average, such as the united states which was at 240 per million. and so i think a mandate from the government, whether it's nationally or whether you did it by 50 states, each making their own mandate, either way, it's the government communicating to people how important it is to really wear the mask, and i think it can help lower both infection and mortality. >> all right. so some might hear this and wonder. okay, maybe your study didn't control for certain variables, maybe it was an outlier.
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there have been other studies, some comparing different countries, other comparing states, and when they're introducing mask mandates. to throw out your study, would your conclusion still stand? >> i think so. the one you were looking at with other states was a study in health affairs, and they found that the states had implemented masks or mask mandates quicker, also had lower infection rates, and you mentioned controlling for factors. we controlled for lock downs, temperature, obesity of the population, age of the population, all sorts of variables were controlled in our study. so given the increased number of cases that we're seeing, given the fact we're going to have to spend more time in doors, do you think there should be a federal mask mandate. >> again, whether it's done nationally, or whether you have 50 states doing it. one way or another i think it's a good idea for the government
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to require. >> that was dr. christopher leffler speaking with me a little earlier. the number of americans casting their ballots early shows how energized voters are this year. already almost 59 million people have voted across the country. that's more than all of the preelection voting back in 2016. in new york, more than 100,000 people voted sunday, breaking the record from just the day before. athena jones filed this report for us earlier. >> reporter: we're here in brooklyn where the second day of early voting is well underway. what we're seeing today is what we saw across the city on the first day of early voting on saturday, which is huge enthusiasm, high voter turnout, and very long lines. here at the brook len muselyn m there's a line hundreds of people long that wraps all the way around the building. several of the folks saying they waited about three hours to cast their vote. all of them telling us that it was important for them to show up in person to cast their
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ballot in person because they had concerns about making sure their vote is counted. i talked about the long lines. we saw it in the city as well, in manhattan, in brooklyn, in the bronx, in queens, lines stretching blocks long at some of these voting locations. there are 88 locations throughout the city, and i spoke with one voter who said, look, it's good to see the voter enthusiasm, but she had some issues and some questions about the long lines. listen. >> i actually don't feel like it's great. i feel like that's still a form of voter suppression. i don't think long lines should be celebrated. i think it's great that people are turning out, but i don't think it's a good thing that we're forced to wait. lots of working americans can't afford to wait three hours in line. it's a privilege to be able to do that. we're compromised, we're afraid if we vote by mail, the votes will get lost. >> reporter: that voter concerned about the long wait times. one thing that's important to note and a sign of enthusiasm is
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already just in the first day of early voting, nearly 94,000 people cast their ballot, and that is more than voted in all nine days of early voting in 2019. so we expect to see this enthusiasm continue and folks who are coming out on a day like today have got to bundle up and of course pack their patience. athena jones, cnn, brooklyn, new york. >> so with a little more than a week to election day, an astronaut living in the international space station is showing her fellow americans that there is no excuse not to vote. this is kate reubens showing off her makeshift voting booth aboard the iss. she tells us how she's able to make her voice heard all the way back on earth. >> there's legislation passed a number of years ago to allow astronauts to vote in space. i think a lot of astronauts do this. they feel that it's very important. it's critical to participate in our democracy. we consider it an honor to be able to vote from space, and so
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second nationwide coronavirus lock down, and people there have mixed feelings about it. the country has reported more than 309,000 infections according to johns hopkins university, but new daily cases are dropping steadily. israel saw fewer than 700 saturday down from a peak of more than 9,000 a few weeks ago. now, wihile there's relief that israel's latest lock down appears to be working, there's a lot of finger pointing over why the situation got this bad in the first place. oren liebermann explains. >> in the heart of the desert, the second wave of coronavirus hit hard. the town was labeled a red zone because of a high infection rate. a second lock down was inevitable. but it was also embraced. >> there was definitely an awareness in the community of the seriousness of the situation and the need for severe measures, measures that would be effective. >> reporter: the town closed schools early, going above and
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beyond ministry of health requirements. religious services were moved outdoors before it was mandatory, and in late spring, the mayor created a local contact tracing network, not relying on a national plan. >> i need to fight the covid, and i need to give them hope. i need to work for their immunity, and i must do everything i can that they will trust me. >> reporter: across the country, public trust and the national leadership's handling of the coronavirus has plummeted. the different sectors, in religious, secular, ultra orthodox and arab, attacked and blamed each other for a second wave of infections that was much worse than the first. at second general lock down exacerbated as it brought down the numbers. >> anytime you reach the point where you need a lock down, that's a failure of managing the pandemic. the lock down itself is likely
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to work because everybody stays at home, but reaching that point is, in my view, a failure. >> reporter: at the whitesman institute of science says it was a surprise that israel's second lock down worked so quickly. on september 30th, israel hit more than 9,000 new cases in one day. three weeks later the numbers were down to a thousand a day, even though the lock down was less strict. >> all other activities like allowing people outdoors to do sports, to drive more on their own. those are not drivers of the pandemic so the fact that we allowed those during the second lock down and not the first, didn't have an effect. >> reporter: saw a similar drop from 27 in a day in september, to less than 5 in the last week. here they take seriously a commandment to love thy neighbor as thyself. the country of israel is like a hand. the hand has a lot of fingers.
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there is no finger worth more than others but only all the fingers together can make one hand. a hand without a finger is not a complete hand. the same thing for us. we have many different men and women, everyone with his opinions, desires, idea, but we are all truly one. as israel slowly reopens, there is a fear that it's too soon. the numbers now are significantly worse than they were at the end of the first lock down in may. not immune to that fear, but here they say their greatest strength is a community united against coronavirus. oren liebermann, cnn. "cnn newsroom" will be right back. stay with us. signed up as a nursing cadet for world war ii. she was only 17. bring your family history to life like never before. get started for free at ancestry.com
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nigeria's chief of police has deployed the police force to deal with the unrest. they have seen the worst violence in decades with looting and destruction, protests call to go an end for police brutality started earlier this month, and called for a police unit called the sars, over
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harassment and extortion. pope francis expressed his concern asking his faithful to pray for nigeria following the violent clashes there. let's head to lagos, nigeria now. we are joined by, there we go, we have the human rights activist and has been actively involved with protests against police brutality. thank you so much for joining us. i just wanted to know what brought you and the thousands of other young people out on to the streets. >> well, here in nigeria, so many things, police brutality, and the injustice by the police, and coronavirus and, you know, the lock down. people lost their jobs. everything just became too much.
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>> you went out there. you were protesting at one point, i understand the police surrounded you. as a young person when the police were aiming their guns at you, you were lying on the ground, what was going through your mind, what were you thinking? >> well, during those times, i felt if this is going to be it, then we're going to die standing up for what is right. that was all that was going through my mind, and i just said that. >> wow. it's hard to believe, i mean, somebody so young having to go through all of this, and many other people were actually killed. you know, what can you tell us about the deadly violence that's been going on there, and the government's response to that? >> for me, the government response is not as effective and loud as we would want it to .
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you know, we have asked for to be disbanded four to five times over the past four to five years now, and in 2020. of yesterday, officers just seeing on the streets, you know. meanwhile, the igp said it has been disbanded. it has not been what people expected. >> you're saying even though president bahari dissolved the sars unit, it's still active. it's still out there. >> yes. >> now, there's been of course plenty of peaceful protesting, but some of the pictures we're
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showing as well, there has been looting and rioting. are you afraid the cause has been hijacked and that's giving authorities a legitimate reason to crack down now? >> the protests had been peacefully. it started with well meaning people coming together to say they want to make their voices heard. for me, the looting and the rioting is just the result of -- you know, when some people say that this opportunity -- some people say this protest is an opportunity to express their frustrations against police brutality, while others see it as an opportunity to just cry out against basic things, no jobs, no life, you know, so
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there's this disconnect, which is not on the fault of the protesters. it's on the fault of the government for having failed to deliver what it's meant for. the message that has been passed, of course we have made our voices loud and clear. >> before we go, we just have a few seconds, but i know you had said a couple of days ago, you felt like you lost all hope. i'm just wondering now, are you hopeful at all? >> well, it is going to depend on the next actions that the government is going to take. we investigate into these crimes, so i feel let us see what this actions are going to mean in the next few days, few weeks. >> all right. best of luck to you, and all the young people in nigeria.
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we appreciate you coming on and speaking to us about this important issue. thank you. >> thank you. now to growing tensions between france and turkey. france is recalling its ambassador over comments the turkish president made about french president emmanuel macron, suggesting he needed some sort of mental treatment over his attitude toward muslims in france. it comes after mr. macron vowed to crack down on radical islam after a french teacher who used controversial caricatures of the prophet mohammed in class was beheaded. arwa damon has more from istanbul. what's behind all of this? >> reporter: well, on the one hand, kim, you do have these growing tensions between france and turkey, over turkey's oil explorations and other explorations in the eastern mediterranean, and then over the
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ongoing fighting in libya. it's not the first time that the two leaders have traded barbs, although this does take the public commentary one step further to a certain degree especially since france has recalled its ambassador to turkey, but one also needs to look at this to a certain degree, a broader context of how the rest of the arab and muslim world have reacted as well. and while no one is condoning that horrific beheading of a french teacher, many are expressing their concerns over france's attitude and response to this, viewing it as being unnecessarily inflammatory, highlighting examples like france is part of the commemorations for the death of that beheaded french teacher, including broadcasting those images of prophet mohammed on some government buildings, as well as this crack down against
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radical groups. there have been a handful of attacks in france, especially paris, against muslims. this has caused a backlash in many arab and muslim countries, calling for the boycott of french goods. on the one hand, you have these ongoing dynamics that have been unfolding for quite some time now, specifically between france and turkey but on the other hand you also have this broader attention that once again risks rising to the surface between france, ie, the west, and the muslim world. >> thank you very much, arwa damon in istanbul, and thank you for your company. i'm kim brunhuber. "early start" is up next. you're watching cnn. want to brain better? unlike ordinary memory supplements-
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vice president mike pence still on the campaign trail after at least five of his aides test positive for coronavirus. the biden campaign blasting the white house's admission that it is not going to control the pandemic. with just eight days now until election day. welcome to our viewers in the united states and around the world, this is "early start." i'm christine romans. >> and i'm laura jarrett. it's monday, october 25t6th and there are new coronavirus outbreaks and concerns both inside the trump administra

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