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


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Over 80 arrested and 24 injured in day of strikes and violence  Listenfacebook
Chaos and violence reigned in districts across Hong Kong on Monday amid a general strike aimed at bringing the city to a standstill. Anti-extradition protesters disrupted train services in the morning before taking over major thoroughfares in the afternoon. Harcourt Road in Admiralty, parts of Nathan road in Mongkok, Lung Cheung road in Wong Tai Sin and Yeung Uk road in Tsuen Wan were blocked. Riot police fired rounds of tear gas in Tin Shui Wai, Tai Po, Wong Tai Sin and Admiralty amid street battles with protesters who threw bricks, bottles and umbrellas at officers. Richard Pyne reports:
Police main targets of overnight violence  Listenfacebook
Clashes between police and protesters continued overnight into Tuesday at multiple locations as anti-government demonstrators waged often violent battles with police. Police stations and staff quarters in districts, including Mong Kok, Sham Shui Po, Shatin, Tin Shui Wai, Tuen Mun, and Wan Chai were among the main targets of black-clad protesters, who attacked the buildings with bricks and in some cases set fires outside their gates. Officers responded with tear gas and rubber bullets. Cecil Wong has the details:
White-shirted men battle protesters in North Point  Listenfacebook
With the protests continuing to escalate, there are mounting fears of violence between anti-government demonstrators, and people who hold opposing views, particularly triad gangsters. A group of stick-wielding men in white shirts confronted black-shirted protesters in North Point last night; while online video shows a number of dangerous incidents where vehicles rammed through makeshift barricades on roads. Candice Wong reports:
General strike causes traffic chaos  Listenfacebook
The government issued another statement early Tuesday morning “strongly condemning” what it described as the rapidly escalating violence, particularly against police. It also expressed gratitude to civil servants and public workers for maintaining public services during Monday's city-wide strike. But many air traffic controllers did join the strike along with hundreds of other aviation workers, while branches at some of Hong Kong's main banks closed. The strike also brought morning havoc to commuters. At one point, almost all MTR services ground to a halt. But the disruptions were caused chiefly by activists preventing doors from closing on trains and blocking roads. Richard Pyne reports:
Anson Chan says Carrie Lam should go  Listenfacebook
An appearance from the Chief Executive on Monday morning did nothing to dampen the unrest. Speaking to the media for the first time in two weeks, Carrie Lam warned that Hong Kong was on the verge of a "very dangerous situation", with violent protesters challenging the nation’s sovereignty and One Country, Two Systems. She also said her resignation - or the resignation of officials in her administration - was not the solution. But former chief secretary Anson Chan says Lam’s government must shoulder most of the blame for what's happening on the streets of Hong Kong. She also told Prsicilla Ng that the Chief Executive should resign for the good of Hong Kong:
CE has done nothing: Liberal Party leader  Listenfacebook
Pro-government legislator Felix Chung – the leader of the business-friendly Liberal Party - and opposition Professional Commons lawmaker Kenneth Leung were both deeply unhappy that Chief Executive Carrie Lam had no new ideas to end the current cycle of protests and violence at the news conference she held amid the general strike. But despite the running battles between police and protesters that broke out on Monday evening, Leung said the strike was generally successful. Hugh Chiverton first asked Chung for his views on Lam’s efforts to resolve the crisis:
Carrie Lam’s news conference 'added' oil to the flames  Listenfacebook
Political commentator Joseph Cheng says he expects officials from the Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office to back Chief Executive Carrie Lam’s position at a press briefing in Beijing on Tuesday afternoon. Lam said on Monday that Hong Kong is getting itself into a very dangerous situation with some anti-extradition protesters engaging in revolution and some challenging state sovereignty. Mike Weeks asked Cheng if he agreed with some critics who said the Chief Executive’s comments were tantamount to pouring oil on fire: