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


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Thousands defy police ban to join Victoria Park vigil  Listenfacebook
Thousands of people packed into Victoria Park on Thursday in open defiance of a police ban on the annual candlelight vigil there. It was the first time authorities failed to give permission for the yearly Tiananmen memorial to go ahead. Richard Pyne reports:
June 4 vigil about much more than Beijing massacre: Lee Cheuk-yan  Listenfacebook
Thousands, perhaps tens of thousands, of people turned out across Hong Kong to mark the 31st anniversary of the June 4 massacre of student-led pro-democracy protesters in Beijing and elsewhere in China. Vigils were held in Sai Kung, Yuen Long, Tuen Mun, Sai Ying Pun, Tsim Sha Tsui and Sha Tin. Lee Cheuk-yan is the chairman of the Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements in China, which organises the annual vigil in Victoria Park. He spoke to Janice Wong about Thursday night's mostly peaceful events:
Students fear they will no longer be able to mark June 4th   Listenfacebook
The University of Hong Kong's student union marked June 4 by cleaning the Pillar of Shame sculpture on campus. It says the national security legislation currently being drafted by Beijing for Hong Kong should not be used to suppress annual events commemorating the 1989 Beijing massacre. RTHK talked to a number of students at the event:
Tiananmen relatives vow not to give up on their quest for truth  Listenfacebook
On the mainland, relatives of a small number of the student democracy protesters killed in Tiananmen Square 31 years ago visited the graves of their loved ones. As Maggie Ho reports, there had been fears they might be stopped this year because of anti-epidemic restrictions:
National anthem bill passed amid olfactory opposition  Listenfacebook
June 4 was also marked in Hong Kong this year by the enactment of the national anthem bill, which bans people from mocking or misusing the "March of the Volunteers." Its passage was marked by a foul smell and another major struggle in the Legislative Council, with opposition lawmakers again reported to the police. Wendy Wong reports:
Dozens quarantined as fears grow of coronavirus spread in Sha Tin block  Listenfacebook
Health officials are evacuating about 100 residents of a Sha Tin public housing block at the centre of a cluster of Covid-19 infections. They are being sent to quarantine camps after it was discovered that the sewage system in the block could have spread the virus. A seventh resident there tested positive for Covid-19 on Thursday, and police were trying to find six families at the block they’ve been unable to locate so far in order to test them. Candice Wong reports:
IPAC warns of China threat to global values  Listenfacebook
Parliamentarians from eight countries and the European Union have formed a new alliance aimed at pushing the international community to adopt tougher policies to counter what they say is the threat that China poses to global values and human rights. As Priscilla Ng reports, the China hawks say Beijing is 'rapidly eroding freedoms in Hong Kong', while launching cyber-attacks and undermining democracies elsewhere:
Sino-US decoupling ‘biggest’ threat to Hong Kong’s future  Listenfacebook
Is Hong Kong over? That's a question that's been posed by The Economist magazine following the unveiling of Beijing's plan to impose a national security law here, and President Trump’s threat to completely revoke the SAR's special trade status with the United States if it does so. But Hong Kong has been written off many times in the past only to bounce back. Dominic Ziegler is a senior Asia correspondent for The Economist. Mike Weeks asked him what direct impact Beijing’s security law will have on business in the city: