Hong Kong Today
RTHK's morning news programme. Weekdays 6:30 - 8:00
Presenter:Samantha Butler and Ian Pooler
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Protesters cause chaos in MK, Shatin Listen
Police responded to fires and road blockades with tear gas and bean bag rounds, in the latest anti-government protests that took place on Sunday. Protesters trapped a minister in his car for 15 minutes, dumped a national flag in a river, and obstructed businesses deemed to be pro-Beijing at a Sha Tin mall. MTR stations were vandalised, then closed down. Several people were arrested - one with the apparent help of an undercover officer - after protesters once again descended on Mong Kok Police Station, throwing objects and shining lasers at police. Damon Pang reports.
Makeshift barricades set alight in Sha Tin Listen
There were also sporadic flare-ups of violence elsewhere across the city on Sunday. Police fired tear gas in Sha Tin against brick-throwing protesters who had set fire to barricades outside a shopping mall. As Timmy Sung reports, the day started off relatively peacefully, with a business boycott and the creation of a giant bird made out of folded paper cranes.
Minister trapped in car by protesters Listen
Anti-government demonstrators trapped Constitutional and Mainland Affairs Secretary Patrick Nip in his car for around 15 minutes on Sunday. He was ambushed after attending an event to celebrate the upcoming 70th anniversary of the People's Republic of China in Tsing Yi. Cecil Wong reports.
Law expert says govt. should meet all demands Listen
Constitutional law expert, Michael Davis, says the government holds all the trump cards in quelling the ongoing protests. He said it should accede to all of the protesters' demands, which are within legal requirements - including holding an independent inquiry into police action towards protesters, as well as embarking on political reform. Professor Davis, who is based in Washington, told Ian Pooler that all parties, including Beijing, had an interest in preserving Hong Kong as an open society.
CE dialogue sessions dismissed as PR show Listen
A pro-democracy district councillor has dismissed this Thursday's dialogue session with 150 members of the public as a PR show. The Civic Party’s Andy Yu from Yau Tsim Mong district said it was clear that the consensus was to set up an independent inquiry into the policing of ongoing protests. Yu told Violet Wong he did not expect the meeting would yield anything.
EC member calls for political reform Listen
A pro-democracy Election Committee member says it is too late for the Chief Executive Carrie Lam to solve the political impasse by having a dialogue with the people. Kwan Ka-lun from the Chinese medicine sector told Violet Wong that the CE should instead restart political reform.
Trump denies abuse of power in phone call Listen
The US Democratic presidential contender, Joe Biden, has accused President Trump of an overwhelming abuse of power over reports that he tried to pressure Ukraine into opening a corruption investigation with the aim of smearing Biden and his son. Biden said the House of Representatives must investigate and if it found President Trump's actions inappropriate, it should open impeachment proceedings. RTHK's Washington correspondent Barry Wood gave Samantha Butler the background to the issue: