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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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Government seeks to explain mass arrests of opposition camp   Listenfacebook
The Secretary for Security and the police have sought to explain why a thousand officers were sent out in dawn raids on Wednesday to arrest 53 people for organising or taking part in the pan-democrats' primary election in July. They included legal scholar Benny Tai, who initiated the polls, Andrew Chiu who organised them, and American lawyer John Clancey, the treasurer of Power for Democracy, which was involved in the primaries. The rest were candidates, both winners and losers, and activists. As Timmy Sung reports, the authorities claim the vote was part of a plot to force the Chief Executive from office and mobilise mass riots:
Pro-government lawmakers say mass arrests justified  Listenfacebook
The opposition camp slammed the government over the mass round-up and pledged to continue their struggle for democracy. But pro-government parties hailed the crackdown, as Joanne Wong reports:
HKJA condemns police demands for media documents on NSL cases   Listenfacebook
The Hong Kong Journalists' Association says it's "very concerned" by the security police's demand for information from media organisations for the cases against the 53 people arrested on Wednesday. The force says the materials aren't directly related to journalism, but the HKJA said they would still involve information linked to media operations. It dismissed police claims that the operation would have no impact on press freedom. Joanne Wong has more:
Ronny Tong says holding primaries can't constitute subversion   Listenfacebook
Executive Councillor and barrister Ronny Tong told RTHK that based on what has been reported about the mass arrests so far, he could not see how those involved in last year's primary election could have violated the national security law. But he questioned whether the plan tor putting pressure on the government to accept protesters' demands by voting down the budget, advocated by many of the candidates in the unofficial polls, was allowable under Hong Kong’s Basic Law. Tong spoke to Annemarie Evans:
Arrests ‘raise concerns’ over future democratic processes   Listenfacebook
The founder of Civil Rights Observer, Icarus Wong, says Wednesday’s mass arrests raise concerns over fundamental human rights and whether anyone taking part in future primary elections might fall foul of Hong Kong’s national security law. He spoke to Janice Wong:
Government accused of trying to end people‘s aspirations for democracy   Listenfacebook
Human rights lawyer Mark Daly, who is a member of the Law Society's governing body, says the crackdown on Hong Kong’s pan-democrat camp is not about national security. He told Mike Weeks “it’s an exercise because the government can’t deal with people’s aspirations for democracy”:
Geoffrey Ma says human rights a fundamental feature of Basic Law   Listenfacebook
Outgoing Chief Justice Geoffrey Ma has delivered a robust defence of the importance of Hong Kong’s independent judiciary and stressed that human rights are a fundamental feature of the Basic Law, in a farewell sitting at the Court of Final Appeal marking the imminent end of his ten-year term as the city’s top judge. Cecil Wong reports:
World urged not to turn blind eye to ‘brutal destruction’ of HK   Listenfacebook
Beijing's liaison office in Hong Kong has backed the mass police round-up, saying everyone can now see the "evil motives" of those held. But the European Union described the arrests as "illegal" and called for the immediate release of the 53 people detained. The incoming Biden team in Washington called the crackdown an "assault”. Wendy Wong reports:
One killed as Trump supporters storm US Congress   Listenfacebook
Supporters of President Donald Trump have stormed the US Congress to stop members from confirming Joe Biden's victory in November's election. Police responded with drawn guns and tear gas, killing one young woman as swarms of protesters forced their way into the US Capitol shortly after Trump's fellow Republicans launched a last-ditch effort to throw out the presidential-election result. Both Houses of Congress were meeting for what's normally a formality to nod through the official results from the electoral college. But that has now been suspended and a curfew imposed on Washington DC. The Voice of America's Congressional Correspondent Katheryn Gypson spoke to Mike Weeks as the operation to clear the Capitol Building was underway:
CHP hopeful as new infections continue to fall  Listenfacebook
Health officials say they're hopeful that the Covid-19 outbreak is finally easing in Hong Kong. The number of new cases dropped to 25 on Wednesday, the lowest in almost seven weeks. Wendy Wong reports:
Three found guilty of rioting at airport   Listenfacebook
The District Court has convicted three people of rioting and assaulting a mainland journalist during an anti-government protest at the airport in August 2019. As Candice Wong reports, a fourth defendant was acquitted.