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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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Anniversary of start of protests marked by arrests and pepper spray  Listenfacebook
More than 50 people were arrested on Tuesday night, as riot police used pepper spray and fired pepper balls to disperse hundreds of protesters who briefly occupied roads in Central. The demonstrators were marking the anniversary of a massive anti-extradition march that kicked off a year of often violent unrest. Joanne Wong reports:
Crowds gather in malls a year on from huge million-plus march   Listenfacebook
Many of the protesters, who turned out in Central on Tuesday to mark the first anniversary of the anti-extradition movement, had responded to online calls for an unauthorised rally in Chater Garden. Activists also gathered earlier in the day in malls across Hong Kong for lunchtime protests, as Frances Sit reports:
Students suffering stress from both Covid-19 and protests  Listenfacebook
The apparent suicides of two young students this week have raised concerns about the well-being of Hong Kong's school children. Mental health experts are urging schools and parents to help children re-adjust to school life following months away from classrooms because of the coronavirus pandemic. Wendy Wong reports:
Aviva questions HSBC, Standard Chartered’s backing of security law  Listenfacebook
Shares in HSBC and Standard Chartered fell around three percent in London trading on Tuesday, after one of the major shareholders in the two banks expressed "unease" over their support for Beijing's national security law for Hong Kong. Steve Dunthorne has the details:
Government bails Cathay out to protect HK aviation industry  Listenfacebook
Cathay Pacific has announced a HK$39 billion recapitalisation plan, as it battles to survive the coronavirus pandemic. Half of the money will come from the government, giving tax payers a six percent stake in the struggling carrier. But officials insist the government won't become a long-term shareholder, or be involved in running the airline. Timmy Sung reports:
Cathay staff want reassurance over jobs   Listenfacebook
Cathay Pacific staff have welcomed the government's move to stump up half of the capital the carrier needs as it battles to survive the global airline shutdown brought by Covid-19. They say it's 'reassuring' that Cathay is getting the much-needed lifeline. But they are disappointed that the deal doesn't require it to retain all existing staff. The vice-chairperson of Cathay's Flight Attendants Union, Amber Suen, spoke to Priscilla Ng:
Job protection 'should' have been condition of Cathay rescue  Listenfacebook
Civic Party lawmaker Jeremy Tam, who was a Cathay Pacific pilot, has questioned some of the assumptions the government has made in leading the HK$39 billion restructuring of the airline. He also believes its expectation of a 7.5 percent return on its investment is overly optimistic. Mike Weeks asked Tam about the comment from Cathay Pacific's chairman, Patrick Healey, that even with the huge bailout, the company cannot rule out job cuts ahead:
Primaries are a chance to back democracy: Benny Tai  Listenfacebook
The pro-democracy camp plans to hold primaries next month to decide who will run for the Legislative Council as it pushes for a majority in September's elections. The exercise to choose the camp's candidates for the elections will be held on July 11-12. One of the organisers, Occupy Central co-founder Benny Tai, says they are giving people a chance to show how much they want democracy, as Beijing's national security law looms. Janice Wong asked him how the primaries will work:
CE warns strike would harm already shaky economy  Listenfacebook
The Chief Executive, Carrie Lam, has described plans for a referendum on a general strike and class boycotts this Sunday as “extremely regrettable”. Lam said such action would undermine efforts to protect people's livelihoods and was the reason Beijing had stepped in to impose national security legislation on Hong Kong. Maggie Ho reports: