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


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IPCC urged to investigate policing of anti-extradition protests   Listenfacebook
The Bar Association has accused the police of using excessive force endangering people's safety during Wednesday’s clashes with anti-extradition bill protesters in Admiralty. In a strongly-worded statement, the bar said it's gravely concerned about what it sees as the use of “wholly unnecessary force” against largely unarmed protesters and journalists. It also said officers might well have over-stepped their lawful powers in maintaining public order. The Democratic Party said it was unacceptable and against the law for police to fire rubber bullets and bean-bag rounds at unarmed demonstrators. Former Civil Service Secretary Joseph Wong urged the Independent Police Complaints Council to look into whether excessive force was used. He told Janice Wong he's not just concerned about rubber bullets being used, but that officers seemed to aim at protesters, like they were shooting prey:
11 arrested over Admiralty violence   Listenfacebook
The police said they fired about 150 rounds of tear gas in dispersing demonstrators in Admiralty on Wednesday. That's over 70 percent more than they used five years ago in quelling the Occupy democracy movement. But the police chief has defended this heightened use of force. More than 80 people were injured during the violent clashes around the government’s Tamar headquarters. As of Thursday, 11 protesters had been arrested. Timmy Sung has the details:
HKJA accuses police or targeting reporters in Wednesday’s violence   Listenfacebook
A number of journalists showed their anger at police tactics during Wednesday’s clashes with anti-extradition protesters by turning up to Police Commissioner Stephen Lo’s press conference on Thursday in helmets and other protective gear. They lodged a complaint with Lo about their treatment at the hands of his officers when covering the unrest. Janice Wong asked the chairman of the Hong Kong Journalists Association, Chris Yeung, just how bad that treatment was:
Honorary Liberal Party chief lambasts pro-government camp   Listenfacebook
The Legislative Council cancelled meetings on Wednesday and Thursday on the extradition bill. That pushes back the debate at least until Monday, leaving little time for discussion before the scheduled vote on the legislation on June 20 and before Legco's summer recess. The honorary chairman of the Liberal Party, James Tien, told Annemarie Evans this delay could give the government and lawmakers a way to defuse the current crisis over the bill:
More anti-extradition rallies in the pipeline   Listenfacebook
Another anti-extradition bill march is planned for Sunday with protesters also set to rally again next Monday against the distrusted legislative changes. So following the tumult on Wednesday, and last Sunday’s ‘million-person’ march, is it at all wise for Carrie Lam’s administration to continue pushing ahead with the bill? Ian Pooler asked former Executive Council convenor Ronald Arculli:
Senator moves to amend HK-US Policy Act  Listenfacebook
US Senator Ted Cruz has introduced a bill to amend the US-Hong Kong Policy Act because of the SAR government's proposed changes to the fugitive laws. Last month, a congressional commission warned that amending the extradition laws to enable suspects to be sent to mainland China could provide grounds for Washington to re-examine elements of its relationship with Hong Kong as outlined in the 1992 law. Altis Wong reports: