Wikinews:Broadcast/Master script for April 11, 2005

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Anchor: This evening, a special report from San Jose, California about new developments in the Wendy's chili finger case...

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Anchor: Anti-Japan protests spread to more Chinese cities...

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Anchor: Thousands march on Baghdad in anniversary protest...

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Anchor: Panic in Sumatra after a new earthquake...

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Anchor: Tonight we bring you a special report from San Jose, California following up on the mysterious chili finger which a Las Vegas woman claims she found in her chili here in San Jose.

Anchor: But first the latest news...

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Anchor: Anti-Japan protests continued for a second day in China on Sunday, as an estimated three thousand protesters marched on the Japanese consulate in Guangzhou. Thousands of protesters also marched in Shenzhen, throwing objects at Japanese businesses.

Anchor: The protesters repeated their demands for a boycott of Japanese goods, to block Japan from obtaining a seat on the U.N. Security Council, and for Japan to change textbooks which they say whitewash Japan's war atrocities. Protesters burned Japanese flags while singing and shouting anti-Japanese slogans. They also carried anti-Japanese signs along with Chinese flags.

Anchor: In Tokyo, Japan formally summoned Wang Yi, China's ambassador to Japan, concerning China's actions on Sunday.

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"We formally demanded China’s apology and compensation," - Japanese Foreign Minister Nobutaka Machimura

Anchor: "We formally demanded China’s apology and compensation," said Japanese Foreign Minister Nobutaka Machimura.

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"No" - Wang Yi

Anchor: He also said that Wang Yi replied "No" when asked for an apology.

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Anchor: While not agreeing to issue a formal apology through diplomatic channels, Wang claimed that China did not approve of the violent aspects of the protests.

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"The (Chinese) government does not agree with extreme action," - Wang Yi

Anchor: "The (Chinese) government does not agree with extreme action," Yi said.

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Anchor: Back in Beijing, the People's Daily reported that Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang deflected blame away from China for the recent downturn in Sino-Japanese relations.

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"Japan must adopt an earnest attitude and appropriate ways to deal with major principled issues concerning the feelings of the Chinese people" - Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang

Anchor: "Japan must adopt an earnest attitude and appropriate ways to deal with major principled issues concerning the feelings of the Chinese people," Qin said.

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"The Japanese have to do more things conducive to enhancing mutual trust and maintaining the relations between the two countries, rather than doing the reverse" - Qin Gang

Anchor: "The Japanese have to do more things conducive to enhancing mutual trust and maintaining the relations between the two countries, rather than doing the reverse," Qin Gang said.

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Anchor: In other news, back in Iraq...

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Anchor: Tens of thousands of protesters waving national flags marched in Baghdad, Iraq earlier today on the anniversary of the toppling of Saddam Hussein.

Anchor: Central Baghdad shut down ahead of the march and Iraqi security searched most protesters before entering the city. US and other peace-keeping forces remained out of sight. The march, sponsored by the cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, passed with no notable violence or arrests, and the crowd was dispersed by early evening.

Anchor: There were simultaneously another 5000 protesters who marched in Ramadi, a city west of Baghdad.

Anchor: Calling for the withdrawal of occupation forces, protesters aped the televised images of occupation forces by knocking down their own effigies of George Bush, Tony Blair and Saddam himself. The effigies were clothed in red — a symbolism they have been marked for death.

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"No one accepts this. I want them out. They have been here for two years, and now they have to set a timetable for their withdrawal." - Iraqi Ali Feleih Hassan

Anchor: Iraqi Ali Feleih Hassan told the Associated Press, "No one accepts this. I want them out. They have been here for two years, and now they have to set a timetable for their withdrawal."

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Anchor: The US has been unable to set a timetable and is determined to stay until they believe the country is secure. Muqtada al-Sadr, an opposition negotiator, ultimately ended an uprising after signing a peace agreement with US forces last August.

Anchor: Finally, in Sumatra...

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Caption: Panic in Sumatra

Anchor: People living on the Indonesian island of Sumatra have fled their homes after an earthquake of magnitude of 6.7 hit the area earlier Sunday. Although the quake was not powerful enough to cause a tsunami, the event sparked fears of a repeat of the December 26 magnitude 9.3 earthquake in which around 300,000 people died. Today's tremor struck 70 miles southwest of Padang, a city in western Sumatra, yet no damage has been reported so far.

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Anchor: And now, we turn to a special report from San Jose, California about new developments in the Wendy's chili finger case...

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Field reporter: Anna Ayala, the Las Vegas woman who claims to have found the internationally-renowned "chili finger" at a Wendy's outlet in San Jose, California, has a history of filing lawsuits against other businesses, according to researchers at the Associated Press. Her previous court battles included the national El Pollo Loco chicken-chain, a previous employer, and even General Motors.

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"Lies, lies, lies, that's all I am hearing...They should look at Wendy's. What are they hiding? Why are we being victimized again and again?" - Anna Ayala

Field reporter: "Lies, lies, lies, that's all I am hearing," Ayala told The Associated Press. "They should look at Wendy's. What are they hiding? Why are we being victimized again and again?"

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Field reporter: Ayala successfully won her suit for medical expenses against El Pollo Loco, after her daughter Genesis contracted salmonella poisoning from eating at the restaurant. However, Ayala lost another suit in 2000 claiming that a wheel fell off from her car.

Field reporter: Ayala spoke "emotionally and with disgust" to the San Jose Mercury News when she originally described the incident to the paper. But Ayala is now secluded in her Las Vegas home, avoiding reporters.

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"It doesn't prove anything...My mom has 10 lawsuits. A lot of people have lawsuits. Why would she sue for money? She has plenty of money" - family spokesman Ken Bono

Field reporter: "It doesn't prove anything," family spokesman Ken Bono told the San Francisco Chronicle. "My mom has 10 lawsuits. A lot of people have lawsuits. Why would she sue for money? She has plenty of money" he said.

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Field reporter: Nick Muyo, a spokesman for the San Jose Police department, said not to expect new information in the case for at least a week.

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"We just want to step back and take a deep breath...From a law enforcement point of view, once you establish it is a human finger, you have to wonder is this a case of industrial accident or is this a case of unreported homicide" - San Jose PD Spokesman Nick Muyo

Field reporter: "We just want to step back and take a deep breath," Muyo told Knight Ridder Newspapers. "From a law enforcement point of view, once you establish it is a human finger, you have to wonder is this a case of industrial accident or is this a case of unreported homicide," he said.

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Field reporter: Las Vegas police searched Anna Ayala's home on Wednesday, retrieving a cooler and other effects from her home, such as a makeup case.

Field reporter: Despite the incident, which has dramatically reduced sales at Northern California Wendy's outlets, die-hard Wendy's fans are still turning up for lunch, even at the outlet where the finger was found, at 1405 Monterey Highway, just south of downtown San Jose.

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"We've eaten here for years...They're very nice people. When we work Spartan Stadium, we always eat here" - anonymous police officer

Field reporter: "We've eaten here for years," a police officer told the San Francisco Chronicle under the condition that he remain anonymous. "They're very nice people. When we work Spartan Stadium, we always eat here," he said.

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Field reporter: San Jose City Council candidate Andrew Diaz still eats the chili. And he witnessed the finger discovery.

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"I walked away real slow...I didn't want any commotion" - San Jose City Council candidate Andrew Diaz

Field reporter: "I walked away real slow," Diaz told the San Francisco Chronicle. "I didn't want any commotion," he said.

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Field reporter: Authorities aren't saying any more for now, so that's it from San Jose, California. David Vasquez reporting.

Anchor: And that's all for this broadcast of the Wikinews Report. Good night.

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