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Hong Kong Today
Hong Kong Today
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RTHK's morning news programme. Weekdays 6:30 - 8:00
Presenter:
Mike Weeks and Ian Pooler

2019-11-18
Monday

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Truce agreed as Polytechnic University burns  Listenfacebook
The situation at the Polytechnic University was confused on Monday morning, after the entrance to the campus went up in flames at around 5:30am as police moved in on the institution next to the Cross Harbour Tunnel to deal with rioting students. There were pictures of the force’s Raptor squad inside the campus, but just over an hour later they denied that they had stormed the university. It's unclear how many student protesters were injured or arrested. The police denial came as the head of the Polytechnic University, Teng Jin-Guang, released a video message saying he’d reached a cease fire agreement with the force provided protesters also stopped their attacks:
Police action followed live-fire warning to rioters  Listenfacebook
Tensions at the Polytechnic University had escalated sharply at around midnight after police warned for the first time that they might use live ammunition against any person who continued to use lethal weapons to attack officers. Clashes around the university had raged since Sunday morning and had seen shocking levels of violence. Cecil Wong reports:
Prominent figures appeal for restraint at Poly U  Listenfacebook
Before the conflagration at the Polytechnic University and the cease fire announced on Monday morning, the Auxiliary Bishop of the Hong Kong Catholic Diocese, Joseph Ha, had gone with some pan-democrat lawmakers to try to talk with the police commander on site and bring the temperature down. Bishop Ha said he didn't want to see any bloodshed. But officers immediately ordered them - repeatedly - to leave the area. Labour Party lawmaker Fernando Cheung told RTHK’s Timmy Sung he'd also tried to get the Chief Executive to intervene:
HKU professor blames outside forces for the violence  Listenfacebook
Paul Yip - a professor at the University of Hong Kong's Department of Social Work and Social Administration - is among a group of academics who have been trying to reach out to protesting students, to persuade them to stop confronting the police and resorting to violence. But their efforts seem to have fallen largely on deaf ears. Yip described the situation at the Polytechnic University as “very scary” but he told Ian Pooler that he hadn’t personally tried to intervene with students there:
Leading protest players must be ID’ed for negotiations: Christine Loh  Listenfacebook
If the rising tide of violence in Hong Kong is brought under control any time soon, could experiences from South Africa and Northern Ireland help it find a way to progress from the deep social divisions that are the result of nearly six months of anti-government protests? A forum organised by the Hong Kong Forward Alliance on Saturday discussed how dialogue could help to resolve differences and conflicts, and chart a path forward for the SAR. Former undersecretary for the environment and former lawmaker Christine Loh is a member of the alliance. Mike Weeks asked her how participants at the forum had reacted to the most serious surge in violence yet seen in months of anti-government unrest:
Joshua Wong urges US to pass Hong Kong HR and Democracy Act  Listenfacebook
A rally was held at Edinburgh place on Sunday night to mark the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. The Secretary General of Demosisto, Joshua Wong, was there. He told Damon Pang he hopes that the US will soon pass sanctions against officials in Hong Kong and Beijing who violate the rights of Hong Kong people, and that this may open the floodgates for more punitive action from the wider international community:
Live ammunition ‘key’ to US reaction  Listenfacebook
The Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act was passed by the lower house of Congress last month. It still has to get through the Senate before being passed into law. Mike Weeks asked RTHK’s Washington correspondent, Barry Wood, what has been happening to the Act, amid the surge in violence here: