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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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Hungry ghosts tear-gassed   Listenfacebook
Police have again been accused of using heavy-handed tactics after officers in riot gear fired tear-gas at peaceful demonstrators in Sham Shui Po during the Hungry Ghost Festival on Wednesday night. As Alex Price reports, officers elsewhere were less than pleased when they were stopped from entering a shopping mall in pursuit of protesters:
Washington warns Beijing over HK protests   Listenfacebook
The US State Department has expressed its deep concerns about reports of military and armed police forces massing on Hong Kong's border and urged Beijing to respect the autonomy of its SAR. It also cited “staunch” support for freedom of expression and peaceful assembly in Hong Kong in a statement issued a day after China's top diplomat Yang Jiechi flew into New York for unexpected talks with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo that were believed to be about the SAR. A US congressional committee also promised Wednesday “swift consequences” for any military crackdown on protesters. It said the unrest in Hong Kong was not being stirred up by foreign powers. The statements out of Washington came after Beijing stepped up its attacks on Hong Kong protesters following the assaults on a mainland reporter and another man at the airport on Tuesday night. The People’s Daily called for "using the sword of the law” to restore order in the territory, while the Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office said the airport attacks “almost amounted” to terrorism. Priscilla Ng reports:
Police tell protesters they could be jailed for life   Listenfacebook
An Assistant Commissioner of Police likened the treatment of the Global Times reporter and a mainland visitor at the airport on Tuesday to torture. The force also defended an officer who pulled his gun on protesters as he came under attack at the airport. It also delivered a strong warning on Wednesday to protesters engaged in violence, saying anyone found guilty of acts resulting in death or injury could be jailed for life. Samantha Butler reports:
Pro-establishment lawmaker calls for ‘big mediation’ to end crisis   Listenfacebook
Pro-Beijing legislator Priscilla Leung – from the Business and Professionals Alliance – told RTHK that there’s blame on all sides for the protests and the violence that have mired Hong Kong over the past 10 weeks. She told RTHK that a “big mediation” involving many different people from all sides may be the only way now to find some consensus on the way forward. She said her group has been approaching professional mediators to see if they can help. Leung said Hong Kong can’t afford to wait for the government, that something needs to be done urgently to end the current crisis. She said she was “p…ed off with the kind of waiting attitude” and that everyone can help put out the fire, to rescue Hong Kong. That was after Hugh Chiverton asked her what Chief Executive Carrie Lam is now doing to end the crisis:
Airport siege lifted, at least for now   Listenfacebook
Services at Hong Kong International Airport returned chiefly to normal on Wednesday, despite a few dozen activists still camped out in the arrivals hall. That's despite a court injunction, banning anyone from disrupting the normal usage of the terminal. Hundreds of flights were cancelled on Monday and Tuesday as thousands of protesters besieged the arrivals and departure halls. Now, airport officials have stepped up crowd control measures, as Jimmy Choi reports:
Former top official found guilty of misconduct   Listenfacebook
Former deputy secretary for economic development and labour Wilson Fung was found guilty on Wednesday of misconduct in public office over accepting HK$510,000 from Macau businesswoman Cheyenne Chan with whom he was having a long-running affair. But he was acquitted of a charge of accepting an advantage as a public servant. Wendy Wong has the details: