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Hong Kong Today
Hong Kong Today
RTHK's morning news programme. Weekdays 6:30 - 8:00
Janice Wong and Hugh Chiverton


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Budget sweeteners announced early amid anti-protest offensive   Listenfacebook
The government has announced a surprise HK$19 billion relief package for Hong Kong residents and businesses as it continues to warn of a severe economic slowdown due to the US-China trade war, the stalling global economy and the recent extradition-bill unrest. But as Cecil Wong reports, officials deny the measures are aimed at easing public discontent amid the continuing protests:
TIC says tourist numbers cut in half by protests   Listenfacebook
The relief package was unveiled on Thursday as the tourism trade complained of a massive drop in business over the past few weeks. The Travel Industry Council claims the situation is worse now than when the SARs epidemic hit Hong Kong in 2003. Council chairman Jason Wong spoke to RTHK's Ben Tse:
Union says CX set a bad precedent by sacking protest pilots   Listenfacebook
The Hong Kong Cabin Crew Federation has described as unacceptable Cathay Pacific’s decision to sack two pilots, who were suspended for protest-related incidents. A member of the union's executive Carol Ng says it sets a bad example for other companies to follow. The sacking comes after Beijing's aviation regulator banned Cathay staff who support the protests from entering mainland airspace. Last week, the airline also fired two ground staff for leaking the travel arrangements of the Hong Kong police soccer team. But Ng told Janice Wong that no matter what employment contracts say, staff should still have basic rights, such as free speech, and freedom to take part in protests:
Two marches banned but student rally to go ahead   Listenfacebook
The Civil Human Rights Front are “extremely unhappy” that police have objected to their plans for another mass march on Hong Kong Island on Sunday and plan to appeal. The front expected more than 300,000 people to march from Victoria Park to Central. But the police have only issued a letter of no objection for a rally within the park, which could not hold such a large crowd. The force has also objected to a planned anti-government march through Hung Hom and To Kwa Wan on Saturday. It said the decisions were made after taking into account public safety considerations, with many demonstrations over the past two months having turned violent. But student leaders from 12 higher education institutions and people from an online forum have been given the go-ahead for a Friday night rally in Chater Garden, in Central, calling on the US and Britain to support the Hong Kong protests. Beijing has often hit out at what it claims is the involvement of foreign forces in the protest movement. Hugh Chiverton asked a spokesman for the student groups, Sunny Cheung, if the rally would not just confirm this suspicion:
Beijing ‘will intervene in Hong Kong’ if things get worse   Listenfacebook
China's ambassador to London has told a news conference that Beijing won't sit by and watch if the crisis in Hong Kong deteriorates further. Liu Xiaoming said the central authorities are ready to quell the unrest swiftly and have plenty of options available. Priscilla Ng has the details:
Benny Tai says he’s proud of anti-extradition protesters   Listenfacebook
A co-author of Occupy Central, Benny Tai, was granted bail on Thursday pending an appeal against his conviction for public nuisance over the Occupy democracy movement five years ago. Tai has served a quarter of his 16-month jail sentence and the appeal will be heard in late February. As he left court, the legal scholar said he was proud to stand with anti-extradition protesters who have made so many sacrifices because of their love of Hong Kong. Damon Pang reports:
Doubts raised over substitute meat products   Listenfacebook
The Consumer Council has issued a warning over vegetarian protein products, saying some actually contain animal ingredients. A sample of fish balls claiming to be made from only eggs and dairy tested positive for both fish and pig genes. Three other substitute meat products said to be made only from milk ingredients also contained egg. Janice Wong asked the council’s chief executive, Gilly Wong, if these gene traces mean the products actually contain meat: