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Hong Kong Today
Hong Kong Today
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RTHK's morning news programme. Weekdays 6:30 - 8:00
Presenter:
Mike Weeks and Ian Pooler

2019-07-17
Wednesday

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Shatin residents turn their ire on Sun Hung Kai Properties  Listenfacebook
Hundreds of people swamped New Town Plaza on Tuesday night to demand its owner - Sun Hung Kai Properties (SHKP) - explain whether staff had allowed riot police into the Sha Tin mall on Sunday to round up protesters. That led to violent clashes inside the shopping centre in which nearly 30 people were injured. There were occasional rowdy scenes at the plaza in the latest protest, as people confronted property management staff. Shops closed early and the mall's information desk was turned into a Lennon Wall, covered with protest notes. One angry Sha Tin resident accused SHKP of being irresponsible. He spoke to Jimmy Choi:
Security Bureau has no plans to ban protests  Listenfacebook
The organiser of the Hong Kong Book Fair says it hopes anti-extradition protesters won't ruin the event for other people when it opens on Wednesday. There have been online calls for activists to target Beijing-owned publishing group Sino United, which is run by the Liaison Office and now controls most of Hong Kong's retail book trade. In To Kwa Wan, pro-Beijing DAB district councillors have urged protesters not to press ahead with a rally in the area next week because of residents’ concerns it could lead to violence. But the Security Bureau has dismissed media reports that the government is studying the possibility of declaring a curfew on protests in certain districts because of the violent clashes between police and activists that have followed recent demonstrations. Maggie Ho reports:
Amnesty International warns against restricting protests   Listenfacebook
The Civil Human Rights Front has rejected a police request to put off a mass march planned for Hong Kong Island this weekend until next month. But with calls growing for the government to more stringently scrutinise applications for public processions and speculation that curfews may be imposed in certain districts on protests, some are worried about freedom of expression in Hong Kong. The Director of Amnesty International Hong Kong, Dr Tam Man-kei, told Annemarie Evans that further limiting people's rights to protest would only add fuel to the anti-extradition fire:
Smartness of lampposts restricted over privacy concerns  Listenfacebook
The government says it's decided not to switch on a number of functions of new smart lampposts that have sprung up in two districts of Hong Kong until privacy concerns have been properly addressed. Some people are worried the new lampposts could be used to spy on them. IT sector lawmaker Charles Mok told Ian Pooler it was the right thing to do particularly in this period of social unrest:
CUHK to map Hong Kong’s brain health  Listenfacebook
The Chinese University is looking for 5000 people - aged between 40 and 74 who have no record of brain disease - to help researchers get a general picture of Hong Kong's brain health. Those taking part will be offered free check-ups and even MRIs. Dr Thomas Leung, from the University's faculty of medicine, is in charge of the programme. Mike Weeks asked him how important this study is for Hong Kong: