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out all the stops to block a restrictive-new voting bill from reaching the governor's desk. and then, the world's number two is out of the french open, not because of her performance, but because of her concerns with her own mental health. hello, everyone. welcome to cnn "newsroom." appreciate your company. i'm michael holmes. manhunt, in florida, entering its third day, after a brazen shooting at a miami-area concert venue. two people were killed, at least 20 hurt, when gunmen opened fire on a crowd outside a banquet hall. police say, masked attackers jumped out of that suv, you see there, fleeing seconds later. and the car speeds away. officials say they did find that car in a canal.
and as they hunt for suspects, they warn the months ahead could get much worse. violent crime is surging in miami-dade county, with this year's homicide numbers, already, matching the total for all of 2020. miami's police chief wants tougher-gun laws, and says it's not just criminals who need to be held accountable. >> it is a time, in our country's nation, where our courts have been shut down. courts are not holding people accountable. unless the american people speak out, it's going to be a long, hot, bloody summer. and we can thank a lot of elected officials for that. >> well, as police scour the area for clues, families are grieving. and a reward for an arrest has grown. cnn's leyla santiago with more from miami. >> reporter: three individuals jumping out of an suv with assault rifles and handguns, before opening fire into a crowded-banquet hall niear
hialeah, florida, just after midnight sunday. the three get back into the car and take off less than ten seconds later. >> we have a total of 23 people were shot. two were deceased on scene. >> reporter: all three of the shooters, still, at large. >> we need your help. we need information. we need you to come forward, if you have information. to help us solve these crimes. >> reporter: miami-dade police found the suv they say the suspects were driving, sunday morning. it was submerged in the biscayne canal, approximately-nine miles from where the shooting occurred. the vehicle was reported stolen, on may 15th. >> ruining families. >> reporter: high emotions, for those left behind. >> you all killed my kid! you must burn! >> reporter: clayton dillard jr. lost his son, clayton dillard iii in that shooting. >> that is the pain that affects our community, right there, right before you. >> i just want to try to do my part. >> reporter: miami-community leader, tv host, and camping
world ceo, has pledged $100,000 reward for anyone with information that leads to the arrest of those responsible. separately, crime stoppers and the miami atf are offering a $30,000 reward. >> we will bring all those responsible for these heinous crimes to justice, and we will work together to break the cycle of violence. >> reporter: my miami-dade coun determined to get this cycle of gun violence in their city under control. >> we are investing in our young people, particularly those that have been disinvested in and disenfranchised from the process, left behind. none of them are born with ak-47s in their hands. none of them were born killers. >> reporter: investigators tell us a lot of this stemmed from an ongoing rivalry between two groups. even that back and forth on social media played a role here. here, at the hospital, we are still seeing family members coming and going. just hoping that their loved
ones will be okay. in miami, leyla santiago, cnn. >> the mayor of miami-dade county says the video showing the gunmen could be crucial to cracking the case, she spoke earlier about what investigators might be learning. >> this video was so critical, and people are calling. there are tips coming in. people are able to, perhaps, identify some of the shooters. other information so we're very hopeful that we can -- can place the shooters, very, very soon. they're being monitored. these are groups that are kind of loosely called gangs. they may be taunting each other, on social media. maybe, even in the rap music. so, these are clues, as well. >> the mayor of miami-dade county speaking to cnn, earlier. now, texas democrats are preparing for the next, political battle over voting
rights after their strategic win, sunday night. texas looking to join 14 other republican-led states that have, already, passed voting restrictions. their version is one of the most restrictive bills in the country. and republican governor greg abbott, not backing down. promising to bring that bill, back, up for vote. cnn's sara murray with the details. >> reporter: texas democrats walking off the house floor, late-sunday night, in a dramatic move to block republican efforts to pass new voting restrictions. >> we are no longer going to stand and allow them to continue to push measures that disenfranchise our voters. >> reporter: the move left republicans short of the minimum number of lawmakers required for a vote. killing the bill, for the legislative session. but the measure may be blocked, only temporarily. texas governor greg abbott, a republican, saying it's deeply disappointing the voting bill didn't reach his desk. and vowing to call a special session, where lawmakers can take up the issue. democrats leaving the house
floor, sunday night, after hours of heated debate, including republicans refusing to take questions from democrats about the legislation. >> it became clear that republicans were going to resort to an extreme tactic to shut off debate. even though we were still fighting the bill. that forced our hand. and -- and that's what led to the -- the walkout. >> reporter: the bill would have banned drive-thru voting and 24-hour voting. both, measures that made houston-area ballot boxes more successful during the 2020 election, according to voting rights advocates. a blow to souls to the polls efforts, that are popular with black churches. >> really, this is a witch hunt. it's a witch hunt, that is aimed at people of color. >> reporter: the bill, also, would have made it easier to overturn an election. allowing courts to throw out results if so many ballots were cast illegally, that it could have made a difference. as opposed to proving fraud actually impacted the outcome of a race. similar efforts in florida,
georgia, and other republican-controlled states, that have clung to former-president donald trump's lies that the 2020 election was stolen. texas republicans have cast the bill as a step toward more consistent and secure elections. >> there should be consistency between the counties. whether you live in harris county, dulles county. >> but it comes after record turnout in the 2020 election and no evidence of widespread fraud. sara murray, cnn, washington. zplnc zpl now, in the united states, there are growing signs life might be getting back to normal from the pandemic. large numbers of americans have been hitting beaches and ballparks for the long memorial day weekend. and airlines are poised for record-breaking holiday travel. alexandra field, with the details. >> reporter: the comeback is big. >> we are ready to rock and roll starting today. >> reporter: americans, from coast to coast, are taking full advantage of the first-nearly-normal holiday we have had in more than a year. >> you never thought that the
shutdown was going to last that long. >> reporter: after so much time spent at home, aaa says 37 million people are expected to travel, this weekend. airports are clocking pandemic era record numbers. 1.96 million passengers were screened at airports on friday, according to the tsa. but today is poised to be the busiest yet. >> travel is back. half the people in america want to take a summer vacation, domestically. another quarter, want to take an international trip. >> reporter: miami beach deployed extra police in anticipation of unprecedented crowds. california's beaches are, also, open this holiday weekend. >> it feels very, very close to normal. and it's nice to see people, really, all, in a good mood. >> reporter: tonight's the night new yorkers have waited for. the curfew lifts on indoor restaurants and bars. the party is, already, on just outside of new orleans, where 50,000 people turned out for this weekend's delayed mardi gras style parade. >> it feels amazing.
like, to be out here, with family and friends, it's just amazing. >> reporter: and it's because of vaccines. more than 40% of americans are now fully vaccinated. as of this holiday weekend, more than 60% of adults, nationwide, have already received one dose of the shot. bringing us closer to president joe biden's goal, to get that number up to 70% in time for the next-holiday weekend, july 4th. and when it comes to children, who have already been vaccinated, this summer promises to be better than the last. new-cdc guidance says vaccinated campers don't need to physically distance or wear a mask. and in this country, over the next few weeks, you will see a major push to try to meet the president's july-4th goal. the strategy, now, centers on trying to conquer vaccine hesitancy where it exists. and trying to make shots more convenient for people. to that end, new york city deploying mobile-vaccine units to crowded summer hot spots, this holiday weekend. like right here, in central
park. and to the city's beaches. in new york, alexandra field, cnn. we are going to take a quick break. when we come back, could the benjamin netanyahu era in israeli politics be about to end? he is facing a serious threat. the fight isn't over. we will have details and analysis, when we come back. also, donald trump's former national-security adviser, apparently, endorsing a military coup in the u.s. how his attorney is, now, trying to walk it back. so, you have diabetes, here are some easy rules.
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welcome back. israel's longest-serving leader could be about to lose his grip on power. but analysts are warning against counting benjamin netanyahu out until that fight is completely over. he is facing a serious threat from a diverse coalition of rivals, who are, in turn, facing a midnight-wednesday deadline to clench a deal. and experts are predicting a bitter fight, to the very end. cnn's hadas gold fwith details from jerusalem. >> reporter: nearly-ten weeks after israelis cast their ballots, and a decisive primetime move from former-defense minister, naftali bennett.
>> translator: it is now, clearly, proven there is no right-wing government possible with netanyahu at its head. it is either a fifth election, or a unity government. >> reporter: once, a close aide to the prime minister. now, perhaps, the man to sink netanyahu's 12-year, unbroken run, as israel's leader. >> translator: i am announcing, today, that i intend to act, with all my strength, to form a national-unity government, together, with my friend, so that, god willing, together, we will rescue the country from this tailspin and we will get israel back on track. >> reporter: minutes later, netanyahu lashed back. >> translator: he is deceiving the public, again. the same lies, the same hollow slogans about hatred and division. this, from a man, who was actually contributing to hatred and division. a man, who is committing the deception of the century. >> reporter: apparently, no-greater crime for netanyahu than seeking to create a left-wing government. an accusation, at which bennett scoffed, given his own, previous
support for west bank annexation. >> translator: the left is making difficult compromises when it bestows upon me, former leader and proponent of the land of israel in role of prime minister. >> reporter: up to eight political parties would likely take part in any unity government. but sources close to coalition talks say the hard work has, already, been done. the position of prime minister is widely expected to rotate, with right-wing bennett going first. and centrist, second. announcement could come in the next, few days. then, parliament has a week to give its approval. even so, in a country so-long used to seeing netanyahu in power, few rule out the possibility of a further twist or two, before this story finally resolves. the center for middle east policy director at the bookings institution. he joins me, now, from washington. good voice on this, and knowledgeable one.
nothing is ever certain in israeli politics. and benjamin netanyahu, known for his ability to manipulate, maneuver, stay in charge. what -- what is your read of the landscape in the days ahead? >> well, as you said, never count netanyahu out. the man a master of politics, and really has been the master of politics in israel for many years. but he seems closer than ever to being out of the prime minister's residence, which would be a huge thing after 12-consecutive years. the opposition seems to have a coalition coming together. a very unwieldy, very broad coalition. with one, main goal, and that's to end benjamin netanyahu's reign as prime minister. >> and -- and that's the thing, isn't it? you have got this -- it even sounds ridiculous to say -- you have a center-left-wing, hard-right-wing coalition, with arab involvement. it sounds inclusive. but will it be workable, in real life? they might be united against
netanyahu, as you say. but will they agree on much else when they are governing? >> well, they disagree on a lot. there are profound differences in ideology on almost every issue. they agree, of course, on getting netanyahu out of office. but it's a bit more han that. they agree after two crazy years, with four-national elections, with no-state budget since 2019. with no in various different positions, on behest of netanyahu's political, own goals. and secondly, they are all taking a big risk in forming this coalition. in particular, the man who might be the next prime minister, naftali bennett, is really losing his base to do that and that means he has an interest to govern well and stay in power. so they will try to freeze things on the issues they disagree on. and then, they will try to move forward on domestic issues, which are less politically contentious but might give them
some dividends as a governing coalition. >> you mention the palestinians and naftali, well to the right of benjamin netanyahu. especially, on the issue of a two-state solution, which is a nonstarter for him. settlements, as well. what does that mean for any, potential, quote/unquote, process if naftali is prime minister? i mean, the palestinians have their own, political issues to deal with, as well. but is that basically an issue that is just off the table for the foreseeable future? >> any, major progress on the peace process, as it used to be called, is off the table. naftali bennett is openly opoised to the two-state solution. he is hard right. he, himself, positions himself that way. he was one of the leaders of the settl settler council that represents the settlers in the west bank. and he is vehemently opposed to any concessions on territory. but it's important to note, he is not governing alone. he may be the first prime minister but there will be an alternate-prime minister. and they will rotate, after two years, if the coalition lasts.
they will each have a veto. the ultimate prime minister will be from the center, who is pro-two-state solution, and quite different. he is not a big leftist but he is very different from naftali bennett. so where that leaves us, in a sense, is an attempt to freeze that issue, to freeze the palestinian issues. to wait, while israel deals with other things. but of course, reality doesn't always wait. either, reality or the palestinians, themselves, may unfreeze the issue. and cause a crisis, in this government, since there is such profound disagreement on the palestinian issue. >> yeah. yeah. yeah. great analysis. i mean, what -- what's your read, you know, on the voters? the people right now, and i have been talking to some people over there. even supporters of the arab parties. they just want a functioning government. and -- and they're not expecting huge changes, either. just stability. is -- is that your -- your feeling? >> yes, more or less. we have a very deeply divided electorate in israel. so, there is a majority for this government. there is a majority that wants a
functioning government, first and foremost, after two years. certainly, among the palestinian citizens of israel. that's 21% of the country. there are many who want functioning policing. they want budgets. they want things to move forward. but, of course, the profound differences between left and right remain. so many people are very unhappy act this, as well. first, netanyahu almost won these last-four elections. and his supporters, of course, are extremely upset about this possibility. and especially, they feel bennett, who comes, of course, from the hard right, is betraying the right wing by going with the opponents of netanyahu. so, there is still a lot of division about this. israel is still a very polarized country. but purnormalcy, where there is least a government that can function, that can appoint functionaries and pass a budget, as simple as that sounds. this would be a huge step for israel, in many respects. other things will not see any dramatic change. >> natan sachs, with the
bookings institution. terrific analysis, thanks so much. really appreciate it. >> thank you very much. it's my pleasure. experts say china's decision to allow couples to have up to three children might not, actually, do much to grow the younger population. they point to the high cost of living, and education. the government is pushing for a younger workforce to drive its mo booming economy. the latest census figures show a surge in the share of population over 65. but not everyone's onboard. >> translator: i think the country should have published this policy earlier. couples, like us, have missed the time that we could have another child. >> translator: if there are better conditions, then we'd have more kids. nowadays, people have to buy a house, this amount of pressure is already huge. and then, you have to consider the cost of the child's education. and cnn's steven jiang joins m me, now, from beijing to tell us a little more about this.
so, it's a major change in policy, but for a major reason. >> that's right, michael. you know, for the past-few decades, this country's breakneck economic growth was largely the result of so-called demographic dividend. that is a surplus or abundance of available, young and cheaper workers, who have been churns out products after of all sorts. and then, of course, the world's second-biggest economy. but the latest census result shows that, not only the country's population is growing at its slowest pace in decades. but that critically important segment of population, people aged from their late teens to 59. that segment has been in decline. now, dropping below 900 million, accounting for some 63% of the population. that's 7 percentage points down, compared to just a decade earlier. so, this is very alarming. and this trend is expected to continue. many experts say this labor force will peak in just a few,
short years. and then, shrink, by 5%, by the end of the next decade. that, of course, is very alarming to this leadership here. and also, to this government, who, of course, have been relying on rapid-economic expansion for its legitimacy. so if this trend cannot be reversed, this will, of course, lead to economic stagnation or even decline. which, in turn, could translate into political crises or social instability. that's why they need this change, now. this is so important and urgent to them because they not only need people to join the labor force, but also their military forces and security forces. michael. >> yeah. yeah. yeah. as we just heard, a lot of people saying, wow, it's expensive to have a lot of kids. steven, good to see you. steven jiang in beijing, appreciate it. now, a rise in covid-19 infections linked to the variant, first identified in india, has parts of europe on alert. france says it will restrict entry to all but eu nationals. french residents and those traveling for essential purposes.
now, that's bad news for brits who for months have been looking to june 21st for what's been called freedom day. the day the government had hoped to have all restrictions lifted. a scientific adviser to the government says that date should change, over fears of a third wave in the uk. cases are rapidly rising with the potential to explode. quick break here. when we come back, the u.s. president honoring fallen troops on me momorial day with a speci tribute to his late son. plus, the tennis superstar, naomi osaka, drops out of the french open. why she did it? and what it says about sport today. that's still to come. go with simparica trio it's triple protection made simple!
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monday was memorial day, in the united states, and president joe biden paid his respects at arlington national cemetery. with a passionate and personal speech. but it also came with a serious warning, and in the days ahead, he will be shifting, from reflection, to pushing forward with a critical agenda. cnn's phil mattingly explains. remember their sacrifice, their valor, and their grace. >> reporter: for president biden, a deeply personal day of remembrance. memorial day. always, a heavy moment for any commander in chief, particularly poignant for a president clinging, tightly, to the memory of his son. >> i always feel beau close to me on memorial day. >> an iraq war veteran who died of brain cancer six years ago. >> yesterday marked the anniversary of his death. and it's a hard time.
a hard time of year, for me and our family. just like it is, for so many of you. it can hurt to remember. but the hurt is how we feel, and how we heal. >> reporter: reflecting on true sacrifice, biden drew attention to all of those who gave everything for their country. >> our freedom and the freedom of innumerable others has been secured by young men and women, who answered the call of history. and gave everything in the service of an idea. the idea of america. >> reporter: using it to underscore his long-held view of the stakes of this moment. >> democracy, itself, is in peril. here, at home, and around the world. what we do, now -- what we do now, how we honor the memory of
the fallen, will determine whether or not democracy will long endure. >> reporter: and the responsibility that requires from all americans. >> democracy thrives when the infrastructure of democracy is strong. >> reporter: turning, from the infrastructure of democracy, to the infrastructure of the country, itself, in a crucial week. and a tough road ahead for biden's investment plan. >> just a week from tomorrow, we need a clear direction. >> reporter: transportation secretary, pete buttigieg, setting a clear deadline with republicans, as their ongoing negotiations inch forward. telling jake tapper. >> the president keeps saying, inaction is not an option. and time is not unlimited here. >> reporter: negotiations that, to this point, still leave the two sides far apart. including, on the top-line cost with the white house sitting at $1.7 trillion and the republicans at $928 billion. but only a fraction of that representing new spending. senator shelley moore capito, the lead-gop negotiator, set to speak with biden this week. expressing opt hiimism for a
potential outcome and trust in biden's intentions. >> i think we are building those blocks toward a really good, solid infrastructure package, that has bipartisan support. >> reporter: the reality for the white house, is if they leave those talks with republicans, too soon, and without a deal, moderate democrats who have made very clear their preferred pathway is for a bipartisan agreement. may not join them, when they need every-single democratic vote, particularly in the united states senate. however, if they stay in those talks too long? there is a chance the window starts to close on the rest of their sweeping-economic agenda. it's trying to thread a needle here and white house officials are keenly aware of those dynamics. but also, making clear, don't necessarily think there is going to be a massive agreement between republicans and democrats, because the bar, as one white house official told me, at this point, is so low. maybe, a smaller-scale deal could come to fruition. but obviously, this is a crucial week and this is a week, the biden administration, wants answers. one way or another about those talks with republicans. phil mattingly, cnn, the white house.
quick break. and when we come back, cruise ships are ready to set sail, once again. but they are facing choppy waters, in florida. how a new law could keep the state's struggling-cruise industry anchored. plus, 32 years after the tiananmen square massacre, the government is still attempting to rewrite the past. the latest move to silence pro-democracy activists, when we come back. ♪thatat you laughed about♪ ♪well, the names have all changed♪ ♪since you hung around♪ welcome back, america. it sure is good to see you. welcome back, america. it would be cool to ride a horse on the moon.
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a former-top adviser to donald trump, facing backlash for his comments at an event in texas, where he appeared to endorse a coup in the u.s. cnn's donie o'sullivan with the details. >> i want to know why, what happened in myanmar can't happen here. no reason. i mean, it should happen. no reason. >> reporter: a former-u.s. army lieutenant general and former national security adviser, appearing to endorse a military coup, here, in the united states. >> trump won. he won the popular vote here, and the won the electoral-college vote. >> reporter: michael flynn spent memorial weekend at a conference in dallas, attended by qanon supporters. so, too, did sydney powell, who was part of the former president's election legal team. powell, who has represented flynn, said manipulated that the media had grossly distorted flynn's comments. but she didn't explain what flynn had meant.
powell, herself, spoke of removing biden from office, over the weekend. >> we are definitely in uncharted territory. there are cases, where elections have been overturned. but there's never been one at the presidential level, which everybody will jump to point out. that doesn't mean that it can't be done. it should be, that he can simply be reinstated. that a new inauguration date is set. and biden is told to move out of the white house. and -- and -- and president trump should be moved back in. >> reporter: the heavily criticized, republican-led audit in arizona, has given followers of qanon and the big lie hope that the election could, still, be overturned. and some are finding inspiration in the deadly-military coup in
myanmar, as a way to put trump back in power. flynn's comments were seen as an endorsement of coup by some qanon followers. they were welcomed overnight by a prominent peddler of qanon who has more than 70,000 followers on telegram. writing general flynn says the quiet part, out loud. earlier this year, trump supporters in california, also, cheered on the coup. >> biden is just -- he's like a puppet president. the military is in charge. it's going to be like what's happening in myanmar. the military is doing their own investigation and at the right time, they are going to be restoring the republic with trump as president. >> what's going on in myanmar right now? the government took over and they are redoing the election, correct? that could possibly happen here, possibly. >> would you like to see it happen? >> absolutely. >> i would like to see it happen. >> why? >> you know why? because the election was stolen from us. >> incredible. cnn's donie o'sullivan, reporting there. to be clear, there is zero evidence of widespread fraud in the 2020 election.
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florida governor ron desantis is clashing with cruise lines. a major industry, in his state. over a law he signed that bans companies from asking customers for proof of covid-19 vaccinations. but here's the thing. the cdc says cruise ships can't set sail, unless nearly-all passengers and crew members are vaccinated. cnn's alison kosik breaks it down for us. >> reporter: it's hard to not call out the irony of this. the state of florida sued the biden administration and the cdc to reopen cruising, immediately. but florida governor ron
desantis is, also, standing in the way of getting ships back in the water. desantis recently signed a law, which prohibits businesses, including the cruise industry, from asking customers and employees if they have been vaccinated against covid-19. the thing is, part of the cdc's updated guidance gives the green light to cruise lines to set sail again, if at least 95% of crew members and 95% of passengers are vaccinated. but if they can't ask, how will they know? it's leaving cruise lines in a real tough spot, especially with them wanting to relaunch this summer. desantis is digging in, and says he has no intention of allowing an exemption for cruise lines. telling the orlando sentinel, we are going to enforce florida law. we have laws that protect the people, and the privacy of our citizens, and we are going to enforce it. so, what's a cruise line to do? ceo of norwegian cruise line said the company may avoid the state, altogether.
suspending operations out of its port in florida if the governor doesn't allow covid-19 checks for passengers and crew. during the company's quarterly-earnings call last week, ceo frank dell rio, said there are other states norwegian operates from meaning it could move its ships elsewhere. after being banned from sailing because of the pandemic, and losing billions of dollars, the cruise industry is trying to stay afloat. it also brings a huge amount of revenue to florida. and provides tens of thousands of jobs in the state. but with governor desantis not budging on this, at least not at the moment, it is turning into a real face off between the cruise lines and the governor. alison kosik, cnn, new york. the shocking move by tennis star naomi osaka. on monday, announcing that she is withdrawing from the french open. now, this comes, after she was fined $15,000 for skipping a news conference, after her first match. osaka had said, last week, she
wouldn't participate in media events, citing mental-health concerns. in a statement, on twitter, she says, in part, that the move is the best thing for the tournament, the other players, and her own wellbeing. one of her on-court rivals, serena williams, offered osaka words of support. >> i feel for naomi. i feel like i wish i could give her a hug because i know what it's like. >> christine brennen is cnn sports analyst and is sports columnist for "usa today." she joins me now from washington. good to see you, christine. but, you know, it is -- it is very sad to read about naomi osaka's, you know, her revealing this pressure. the depression. see her pull out of a tournament like this. speak to the level of pressure athletes are under to perform. and, you know, in the osaka situation, how does press scrutiny compound that? >> certainly, attention of any kind on -- on one's play, especially if it might not be your best day, can be difficult.
we are talking about young athletes. naomi osaka is only 23. she's been around a while. she's won four grand slam championships as you know. but -- but she's still young. and as she has told us with the statement that came out, a few hours ago, you know, dealing with bouts of depression since she won that first major, the u.s. open, in 2018. which was the one with the serena williams meltdown with the chair umpire. so much emotion. so volatile. such a controversial-first victory for her. she talks about how she wears headphones to just block everything out. the anxiety that she feels. and, you know, let's face it. there -- these young athletes are -- are scrutinized. they are scrutinized often from teenage years onward. there is a lot of pressure. there is a lot of money to be made. it looks like a beautiful, wonderful life. it looks like the life of your dreams. and for some, it is. and for many, it is. but it also comes with pressure. and attention.
and can be bouts of depression and difficult ups and downs. >> it was very poignant, when -- when -- when she wrote -- she said i've often felt that people have no regard for athletes' mental health. and this rings very true, whenever i see a press conference or partake in one. it makes me sad to read that. do you think that the international tennis federation as an organization needs to do more for players when it comes to things like mental health, depression, and so on? >> i do. i do. i think this is going to open people's eyes to a conversation we should be having. and if it also helps others, because naomi osaka is such a role model to thousands, probably millions at this point. if it helps a young person or two or 100 or 1,000 as they start to grapple with some of these issues, then, oh, what a wonderful gift naomi osaka will have given even as she's struggling and dealing with
these issues herself. we have no idea the extent, the depth of the issues that she's dealing with and the troubles she has. but if it helps others, what a gift as a role model. journalism, obviously i've been in those press conferences. i've asked tough questions of athletes. i think most of us have tried to be heartfelt. i think this will have us aware of that. we're still journalists and we still have to do our job. naomi osaka said there's so many cool journalists. >> i did want to get this in in a broader sense. i mean we've seen also nba players spit on, water bottles thrown. one player made the point that he felt athletes are just seen as performers, commodities rather than, you know, individuals with the same issues and feelings as everyone else. i mean kyrie irving in the nba,
he said some fans treat players like they're a human zoo. does he have a point? >> yeah, when we've seen some of the unrest and trouble in the stands even over the last few days in the nba, it is -- it is troubling. it's very concerning, and i think what has happened is these athletes are on such a pedestal. they almost feel untouchable, unreachable, and we forget that they're human beings. also the idea that we know them. there's someone screaming in the stands and it's as if they know this person down on the field, on the pitch, on the court, wherever it might be. well, they don't know them. i cover them, and i know them probably better -- some of them better than most people would, and i don't know them. >> christine brennan, thanks so much. great to see you. >> you as well. thank you. for the second year in a row, china has denied an appeal to allow a vigil in hong kong commemorating the 1989 tiananmen
square protest. one museum is working to preserve the truth of what happened despite beijing's attempts to erase its bloody past. cnn's kristie lu stout reports. >> reporter: pictures seared into the minds of those allowed to see them. rights groups say hundreds if not thousands of pro-democracy protesters killed by their own country's troops at the gate of heavenly peace, tiananmen. for over 30 years, hong kongers have refused to allow what happened in beijing in 1989 to be forgotten. through the annual june 4th vigil and the june 4th museum in the city's district, before he was imprisoned for his involvement, we spoke to veteran activist lee chuck yen, an organizer behind the museum. >> for the mainland chinese, coming here i think is very important because they are the
whole men in china black out any mentioning about june 4th. so there's no -- the whole period of time, the truth is totally disappear and suppressed. >> reporter: one country, two systems afforded the hong kongers the right to speak their minds about the present and the past in a way not possible on the mainland. that right encapsulated here at the museum, home to historical evidence not available to the public anywhere else in china. this year, organizers have lost their appeal to hold a candlelight vigil in hong kong's victoria park, marking the second year that police have banned the gathering, citing coronavirus restrictions. >> police have reasonable grounds to believe that the activities not only increase the risk of infecting covid-19 by participants and other people, but also pose serious threats to
the lives and health of all citizens, jeopardizing public safety and affecting rights of others. >> reporter: hong kong security bureau also issued a statement warning people not to take part in or advertise unauthorized assemblies or challenge the national security law. but on june the 4th, the museum will unveil a new exhibit about the history of the once-annual vigil. >> the people support you. >> reporter: to its supporters, the june 4th museum is a place to honor those who stood up to harassment and fear. lee believes that bravery will continue to be celebrated, remembered, and harnessed by a new generation. >> you know, no matter what happen, this new generation, the younger generation will also have that remembrance of june 4th. but the problem is how about the next one? >> reporter: as china's tightening grip continues to minimize hong kong's freedom of expression, a new museum is being built online. a crowdfunding campaign has
raised hundreds of thousands of dollars to digitize records and artifacts so the lessons of history will endure. kristie lu stout, cnn, hong kong. i want to share some incredible video with you out of iceland. it's of a drone. watch this. crashing straight into an erupting volcano. you see the drone coasting over the lava flow, headed straight for the crater. now, this video was taken about 25 miles outside of reykjavik. just watch it going in there. now, this is an area that hadn't scene an eruption in hundreds of years until about two weeks ago when this eruption started. and that video is something. let's see it go in before we go. amazing. don't get a view like that very often. thanks for watching. i'm michael holmes.
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