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Hong Kong not ready for national security legislation: political commentator Listen
Political commentator Joseph Cheng says Hong Kong is not ready for enacting national security legislation as suggested by the chairman of the Basic Law Committee Li Fei. He pointed out that no radical group in the territory has any serious plan to implement Hong Kong independence, and any attempt to enact the legislation would only result in even more heated debates and protests. Cheng also says Li’s speech during a Basic Law seminar at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre had only solidified the existing polarisation in society. He tells Ben Tse that the Basic Law chief made no attempt to improve mutual understanding in the community.
Li Fei's speech helped students to better understand constitutions: school principal Listen
The speech given by the chairman of the Basic Law Committee Li Fei at a Basic Law seminar at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre was broadcasted live to students in 50 secondary schools. Critics said this should not have been done as Li’s speech was biased. But the principal of the Lions College James Lam said he didn’t think that was the case. He told Annemarie Evans that he believed the speech actually helped students to understand the relationship between the mainland’s constitution and Hong Kong’s Basic Law.
Zimbabweans welcome apparent military coup Listen
Most Zimbabweans have grudgingly welcomed the apparent military coup in their country. There have been no reports of serious violence, though a number of ministers are thought to have been detained and president Robert Mugabe is under house arrest. A joint statement by more than 100 civil society groups urged the 93-year-old president to step aside peacefully and the military to quickly restore order and respect the constitution. Harry Davies – the managing editor of Harare News – told Annemarie Evans that very little information is coming from official sources as to what is happening in the country.