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


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Police chief backtracks on branding protest a riot  Listenfacebook
The Police Commissioner, Stephen Lo, has backed down over calling last Wednesday's violent clashes in Admiralty a riot, saying most protesters were peaceful. He made the comment a day after hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets to show their feelings about the government's extradition bill. The biggest demonstration Hong Kong has ever seen was prompted, at least in part, by policing of last Wednesday's protest and the police chief branding it a riot. But Lo said he was only referring to protesters outside the Legislative Council who he said hurled bricks and metal poles at officers:
Police accused of accessing medical records to make arrests  Listenfacebook
Up to Tuesday, 15 people had been arrested for violent offences over Wednesday’s clashes in Admiralty. But only five of them were held for riot. Some of them had been detained while seeking treatment in public hospitals. The medical sector lawmaker, Pierre Chan, said this was because police were given "backdoor access" to the Hospital Authority’s patient database and that he has evidence to prove it. But the HA denies handing over any patient records to police, saying its database is a closed system that only allows staff to log on. Police chief Stephen Lo also dismissed the allegation, saying the force got the information from officers stationed at public hospitals. Kwok Ka-ki is a Civic party lawmaker and a medical doctor. Ian Pooler asked him for his views on the allegation:
Anti-extradition protest numbers dwindle  Listenfacebook
A few dozen anti-extradition protesters were still keeping vigil in the protest area outside the Legislative Council on Tuesday morning. But traffic in the Admiralty area was running smoothly. Demosisto leader Joshua Wong - who was released from prison on Monday after serving a two-month jail term for his role in the Occupy democracy protests of 2014 - expressed hope that Hong Kong people will continue to fight to protect their core values and freedoms. Priscilla Ng reports:
Beijing reaffirms its support for Carrie Lam  Listenfacebook
The Chief Executive, Carrie Lam, cancelled the weekly meeting of her Executive Council on Tuesday. Her office said this was because vehicular access to areas around the Central Government Offices remained blocked. Calls for her to resign over her handling of the extradition row have mounted amid the mass marches of the past two Sundays. But Beijing has again expressed its firm support for Lam. Members of her cabinet also believe she deserves to be given another chance. The convenor of her Executive Council, Bernard Chan, told Annemarie Evans there were good intentions behind the extradition bill but the administration's bid to rush it into law was a "big mistake":
Dangerous levels of trans fat found in popular baked goods  Listenfacebook
Food lovers who have a soft spot for biscuits, pies and pastries have been warned to cut down on such food. A study by the Consumer Council has found that many of them contain high levels of trans fats. The watchdog worked with the Centre for Food Safety in testing 75 food samples, such as cookies, chicken pies and cakes from restaurants, takeaway shops and bakeries late last year. They found that one in four food products contained industrially-produced trans fats exceeding statutory standards in Denmark - one of the few countries to have such regulations. Mike Weeks asked a principal medical officer of the Centre for Food Safety, Dr Henry Ng, for more on the study’s findings: