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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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Police release most of those arrested over primary-election plot   Listenfacebook
Most of the 53 people rounded up in Wednesday's huge national security operation targeting those involved in last year's pan-democrat primary elections have been released on police bail without charge. This came as news emerged that two other prominent activists already in custody were told they also face subversion charges over the polls. One of them, Joshua Wong, says he was questioned without any legal representation, as Priscilla Ng reports:
Former Democratic Party chief still in custody   Listenfacebook
One of the members of the opposition arrested on Wednesday, former Democratic Party chairman Wu Chi-Wai remains in custody. He is due to appear in court on Friday, accused of violating bail conditions in relation to a British National Overseas passport he allegedly holds. Todd Harding has the details:
Government urged to clarify reason for mass arrests   Listenfacebook
Roundtable lawmaker Michael Tien is urging the authorities to provide a better explanation for the arrest operation. He says he can't see how the pan-democrats could have violated the national security law just by holding primary elections. Tien told RTHK's Timmy Sung they seem to have been arrested for their motives, but that is not covered by the legislation and reflects deficiencies in the way Beijing drafted it:
US threatens sanctions over national security clampdown  Listenfacebook
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has threatened to levy sanctions on those involved in the mass arrests of opposition politicians and activists on Wednesday, calling the police operation an "assault on the Hong Kong people." But a government spokesman rejected foreign criticism of the arrests, while Beijing warned that the US would pay a heavy price for its "wrongdoing". Richard Pyne has the details:
Mainland media revels in storming of US Capitol   Listenfacebook
The mainland internet has erupted in glee at America's troubled democracy following the storming of Congress by Trump supporters on Wednesday. Beijing criticised the "sharp contrast" between US lawmaker's response to the chaos and the anti-government protests here in 2019. Priscilla Ng has details:
Pence stays quiet over removal of President Trump  Listenfacebook
US President-in-waiting Joe Biden has spoken out about the attempt to stop his confirmation hearing by Trump supporters, accusing the outgoing president of inciting one of the "darkest days" in US history. Mike Weeks asked VOA correspondent Cindy Saine what action, if any Biden could now take against Trump:
100 disciplined officers to aid in track-and-trace  Listenfacebook
Just over 30 coronavirus infections were confirmed in Hong Kong on Thursday, 29 of them locally acquired. Five were of unknown source. The figures were announced as health officials revealed more details of the plan to have disciplined services officers track down people who have come into contact with Covid patients. Dr Chuang Shuk-kwan from the Centre for Health Protection says 100 officers from the police and immigration and customs departments will help to track down close contacts at their homes if they can't be reached over the phone:
Online beauty industry protest over coronavirus restrictions  Listenfacebook
The beauty industry is demanding that the government allow it to return to work. The trade staged an online protest on Thursday, saying it's been unfairly targeted by the the current tough epidemic restrictions. Wendy Wong reports:
Jury given instruction in student death inquest  Listenfacebook
The jury probing the death of university student Chow Tsz-lok during the anti-government protests in 2019 has been told by the coroner to make a judgement based on the evidence presented in court, not their personal views. Violet Wong reports: