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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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Almost 300 arrested on would-have-been election day  Listenfacebook
What would have been the day of the Legislative Council elections has been marked by protests in Mong Kok and Yau Ma Tei. Police arrested 289 people for taking part in the demonstrations, a majority of them on suspicion of illegal assembly. A 12-year-old girl was tackled to the ground by riot-squad officers as she tried to escape a police cordon. The showdown on the streets lasted for hours on Sunday, as Violet Wong reports:
Signature campaign to press the government on Legco elections   Listenfacebook
Democratic Party lawmaker Lam Cheuk-ting has launched a signature campaign to urge the government to hold the postponed Legislative Council elections as soon as possible. Lam together with two district councillors from Sha Tin, Felix Chow and Sin Cheuk-nam, set up street booths in the district on Sunday to get people to sign up to their cause. They accused the government of using the coronavirus pandemic as an excuse to delay the elections for at least a year. Lam spoke to Jimmy Choi:
People Power vice-chair held for inciting contempt of government  Listenfacebook
The vice-chairman of People Power, Tam Tak-chi, was arrested on Sunday after national security police searched his home. The force confirmed he had been detained on suspicion of uttering seditious words. The 47-year-old is accused of inciting hatred and contempt of the government at street booths across Hong Kong between June and August. Senior Superintendent Steve Li of the police's national security department said they initially considered using the security law to arrest him but changed their mind after consulting the Department of Justice. Mike Weeks asked regular RTHK contributor and legal academic Danny Gittings what he made of this:
All prisoners to be tested for Covid-19  Listenfacebook
Twenty-one new coronavirus infections were reported on Sunday, including five found through the government's mass testing scheme. Two of the new cases were prison inmates, prompting the Security Bureau to arrange testing of all 7,000 prisoners in Hong Kong's jails. Jimmy Choi reports:
Medical workers, elderly and ill to be given vaccine priority  Listenfacebook
The government's mass screening scheme has now identified 15 possibly silent carriers of Covid-19, four of whom are former patients no longer believed to be infectious. As if Sunday, samples had been taken from more than a million people, but it's not known how many have had their test results back. Officials said the scheme may be extended for three more days until September 14. This comes as an expert advising the government on fighting the pandemic says the authorities have ordered vaccines for a third of Hong Kong's population. Violet Wong has the details:
Softbank ‘manipulation’ of Nasdaq spooks investors   Listenfacebook
A scorching stock market rally that pushed the benchmark S&P 500 to its best August in more than 30 years is entering what is historically the most volatile two-month stretch of the year, increasing the likelihood of market turbulence in the final stretch before the US presidential election. The S&P 500 fell 3.5 percent on Thursday - one of its few significant declines since the start of summer as investors dumped high-flying, technology-focused stocks. The CBOE Market Volatility index also surged to near a 10-week high. Mike Weeks asked RTHK's Washington-based international economics correspondent, Barry Wood, if investors should be worried: