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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 defends shooting of teenage protester  Listenfacebook
An 18-year-old student was shot in the chest during protests on Tuesday - the first confirmed police shooting using live ammunition in the almost four months of anti-government unrest that’s gripped Hong Kong. He is expected to survive, though the shooting marks yet another line that was crossed in the unceasing cycle of violence. But that was just the worst event as the SAR marked National Day with what Police Commissioner Stephen Lo described as one of the most violent and chaotic days in the city’s history. Damon Pang has the details:
Police urged to provide a fuller explanation of shooting  Listenfacebook
All 24 pro-democracy lawmakers condemned the police over the shooting of the teenager and questioned whether it was necessary for the officer to open fire. They accused the police of losing control and of violence towards not only protesters, but journalists, legislators, medics, social workers, and ordinary people as well. Pro-government legislators strongly condemned the protesters, and pledged support to the police in enforcing the law and stopping the violence. They issued a statement saying it was "shameful and regrettable" that protesters wreaked havoc in many districts on National Day, when the entire nation should be celebrating. They did not mention the shooting. Claudia Yip is a spokeswoman for the Human Rights Monitor. She told Damon Pang the police need to give a fuller explanation of why the officer who shot the teenager couldn't use a lower level of force:
Dozens injured in worst violence yet in anti-government protests  Listenfacebook
The shooting of live ammunition in Hong Kong was just a small part of the mayhem that gripped the city on Tuesday. More than 70 people were injured, including at least 25 police. Several officers and journalists were hurt when they were splashed with a corrosive liquid during protests in Tuen Mun. More than 180 people were arrested for offences ranging from unlawful assembly to rioting. Half the MTR system was down by the end of Tuesday, as protesters blocked roads, set fires and threw petrol bombs. Police countered with tear gas, pepper spray and water cannon, as Hong Kong's vaunted transport system ground to a halt. Alex Price has more:
Mainland-connected businesses targetted by protesters  Listenfacebook
Not all the National Day violence involved clashes between protesters and police. There were more reports of fights between people who held different views. Protesters also smashed up businesses owned by mainland interests or people viewed as being pro-Beijing. Cecil Wong has that story:
‘Sterner’ law enforcement and ‘harsher’ punishment expected in HK  Listenfacebook
Chinese University history professor Willie Lam says he believes the shooting of a teenage protester on Sunday did cast a shadow on national celebrations of the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China. He expects Beijing to consider toughening up law enforcement in Hong Kong if the unrest continues although President Xi Jinping said it “must adhere” to the one country, two systems policy governing the SAR in his National Day speech. Lam told Mike Weeks if the unrest in Hong Kong is not resolved soon, Xi and his administration stand to lose face:
Xi Jinping says ‘no force’ can shake China  Listenfacebook
In Beijing, lavish ceremonies to mark the 70th anniversary of the People's Republic of China saw President Xi Jinping inspecting a huge military parade, as the nation showcased its modern military might. He said "no force" could "shake the Chinese nation," as Jimmy Choi reports: