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

2019-11-13
Wednesday

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Chinese university students badly injured in campus clashes   Listenfacebook
The Chinese University resembled a war zone for most of Tuesday as battles erupted between students and police, with tear gas, rubber bullets and petrol bombs flying across the campus well into the night. The confrontation started when student protesters threw Molotov cocktails and other objects on to train tracks and the Tolo highway, prompting police to storm the campus and arrest a number of students. The university's chief, Rocky Tuan, tried to mediate between the two sides but with no success. He himself was hit with tear gas. Several students were badly hurt in the melee, as Priscilla Ng reports:
Universities become new battleground with police   Listenfacebook
In addition to the violence at the Chinese University, there were also clashes between police and students at City University and the University of Hong Kong as protesters blocked roads, paralysing traffic in Kowloon Tong and Pok Fu Lam. Frances Sit has that story:
Suits join protesters in Central   Listenfacebook
Defiant protesters occupied major roads across Hong Kong on Tuesday. Roads were blocked after night fell in Kowloon Tong, Mong Kok, Causeway Bay, Tuen Mun and Tai Po. A truck was set on fire near Tai Po police station, where riot squad officers fired tear gas to disperse a crowd. Pictures are also circulating of an empty police van on fire. A huge Christmas tree in Festival Walk went up in flames after protesters broke into the already-closed Kowloon Tong shopping mall, and set it on fire. They also smashed glass railings and shop fronts of restaurants operated by the Maxim's group. In Central, police were out in force in the evening and made a number of arrests. That's after protesters - backed up by large numbers of office workers, some in suits - took over streets in Hong Kong's financial heart for a second day running. Police tried to disperse the crowds with multiple volleys of tear gas throughout the afternoon. But as Violet Wong reports, most of the people involved stood their ground:
Teachers union VP calls refusal to suspend schools ridiculous   Listenfacebook
The Professional Teachers' Union (PTU) advised parents not to send their children to school on Wednesday, saying it’s too dangerous given the violent unrest. The union said police had been firing a large amount of tear gas and using pepper spray, and this might pose a risk to young children. The English Schools Foundation announced at 7am that its schools will remain closed for a second day, while the Education Bureau announced just before 8am that it was up to parents to decide whether or not they send their children to school. The PTU statement also criticised Chief Executive Carrie Lam, who said on Tuesday that she didn't want to suspend classes because she could not allow Hong Kong to come to a standstill. Ian Pooler asked education-sector lawmaker Ip Kin-yuen – who’s also the vice-president of the PTU - for his reaction to Lam’s refusal to close schools:
Carrie Lam’s school decision ‘disregards student safety’   Listenfacebook
A member of the Hong Kong Mothers Anti-Extradition Rally, Sealing Cheng, accused the Chief Executive, Carrie Lam, of putting the lives of children and their carers at risk by refusing to suspend schools. She spoke to Mike Weeks:
John Tsang: government needs to take action to de-escalate   Listenfacebook
Chief Executive Carrie Lam said on Tuesday morning that the government had no plan to postpone or cancel this month's District Council elections despite the escalation in violence. Lam said it's important to respect the rights of four million voters. Her comments came after several academics, former officials and business people placed a full-page ad in newspapers, urging the government to ensure that the local elections take place smoothly. Annemarie Evans asked one of the signatories of the statement, former financial secretary John Tsang, why he’d joined the campaign:
Operation Santa Claus 2019: Junior Achievement Hong Kong  Listenfacebook
It's time now to take another look at this year's Operation Santa Claus campaign, which is jointly organised by RTHK and the South China Morning Post. Junior Achievement Hong Kong is one of the beneficiaries. Its Chief Operating Officer, Vivian Choi, describes the work of the organisation: