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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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Carrie Lam blames herself for the extradition crisis   Listenfacebook
A recording has been released by the Reuters news agency of Chief Executive Carrie Lam telling a private gathering last week that her hands are tied over the worst crisis Hong Kong has faced since the handover because it's now a national security issue for China. In the audio recording of her meeting with business people, Lam also says she would quit as Hong Kong’s leader if she had the choice. Janice Wong reports:
Changing CE now is not the answer: Priscilla Leung   Listenfacebook
Pro-establishment lawmaker Priscilla Leung says although she can’t ascertain whether the recording obtained by Reuters is really of the Chief Executive, she does agree with parts of what’s on it, particularly where Carrie Lam says Beijing has no plan to deploy the national army in Hong Kong. She also says she doesn’t think that replacing Lam as Chief Executive now would resolve the crisis. She told Mike Weeks that specific proposals need to be offered to the public:
Police disperse Mong Kok protesters   Listenfacebook
Hundreds of riot police were deployed on the streets of Mong Kok late on Monday night, using pepper spray and a round of tear gas to disperse protesters gathered at Prince Edward MTR Station, the scene of a brutal police operation on Saturday night. Several people were arrested, including the leader of Baptist University's student union, Keith Fong. He was also seized by officers in August for buying laser pointers but was freed without charge. Altis Wong reports:
QMH medics outraged by delays in treatment of protesters   Listenfacebook
Hundreds of medical workers at Queen Mary Hospital formed a human chain on Monday to protest against what they see as the delay in treatment of people injured when riot police stormed a train at Prince Edward Station on Saturday night and savagely beat people inside. They said first aiders were denied access to the station and that it took more than two hours for those hurt to be taken to hospital. A Dr Lam, who took part in the hospital protest, told Violet Wong that the police actions were simply unacceptable:
Security chief defends ‘Asia’s finest’ over Prince Edward sweep   Listenfacebook
The Secretary for Security, John Lee, has defended Saturday’s police operation at Prince Edward Station, where officers beat people inside a train carriage with batons and pepper sprayed them. Lee said the force remains "Asia's finest", as Priscilla Ng reports:
Top prosecutor says police lied about high-profile arrests   Listenfacebook
The chairman of the Hong Kong Court Prosecutor Association, William Wong, has accused the police of lying about the timing of the arrests of a number of pan-democrat lawmakers and prominent social activists last week. Altis Wong has the story:
Agnes Chow’s election ban thrown out   Listenfacebook
One of the high-profile figures arrested last week was Demosisto’s Agnes Chow. On Monday, the High Court overturned a ban on her standing as a candidate in a by-election on Hong Kong Island last year. It said the returning officer should have given Chow a fair opportunity to respond. The judge also ruled that pro-democracy lawmaker Au Nok-hin, who later won the seat, was not duly elected because of her wrongful disqualification. Jimmy Choi reports:
More people expected to join second strike rally   Listenfacebook
The Confederation of Trade Unions says over 40,000 people took part in a rally it organised at Tamar Park in Admiralty on Monday - at the opening of what was billed as a two-day general strike. It's expecting even more to join a similar event on Tuesday at the same venue. The pro-democracy union group also warned the government that if it fails to respond to the demands of protesters, it will escalate the action. Ian Pooler asked the rally's spokesman, Easy Kwok, if he was happy with the turnout at Monday night’s rally: