2015, videoloop 02:29 min, with thanks to Sjuul JoosenGood evening ladies and gentlemen, this is the 8 O'Clock Report.
Last night, the fighting in the occupied area proceeded. Hundreds of people are supposedly stuck in these residential areas, which are controlled by the rebels. Without any supplies they are persevering, whilst the battles between the rebels and the government are blustering.
At Monday, the rebels have invaded and taken the lead of these residential areas. Still, it isn't clear, what the rebels are aiming for. What we know is, that they have enforced a curfew and installed sentries.
Crisis-experts of the government are supposed to talk with the insurrectionists to create a basis for official negotiations. The government hopes that these negotiations will lead to answers and compromises. The aim is to loosen up the emergency state, which is retaining for several months now.
And now we switch to Nela Eulenspiegel in the occupied areas.
We are here in one of the residential houses in the so-called occupied area. The government warned us to not film on the open streets, since we could become a possible target of the attacks.
For several weeks the rebels are in control over these areas. Unfortunately, we cannot give you more detailed information about the background of this situation, as this information is strictly confidential.
Nevertheless we could arrange an interview with someone, who, for his or her own safety, doesn't want to be recognized.
Interview (German - Voice over): The insurrectionists went from home to home, just like Jehovah's Witnesses. A lot of young people like me were attracted by their ideas, as they carried an atmosphere of change.
But now, that the government wants to loosen up the emergency state and is planning on conceding us some of our former freedom, these self-proclaimed freedom-fighters are not giving an inch and don't respond to their advances.
Interview (English – Original): Me and my friends were just walking down the street, when these people kidnapped us. All I could recognize were the colors of the car, strangely they were the same as the ones of the government troops.
I still don't understand why we weren't allowed to live in our own houses anymore. I mean, we've been living there for two decades now, so why aren't we suddenly welcome anymore?
"Because of the explosions.", they said, but I haven't seen a so-called revolutioner once and they are supposed to be responsible for these daily explosions, right?
Thank you, Nela Eulenspiegel.
We just received the information that there has been an explosion in front of a cinema in the occupied areas. At least four people have been injured.
More on this matter you find on our website.
I wish you all a pleasant evening.