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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:
Janice Wong and Mike Weeks

2020-04-20
Monday

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Front says arrests of pro-democracy veterans won’t cow HK people   Listenfacebook
The organiser of most of the city's largest demonstrations since 2003 says the people of Hong Kong won't back down despite the arrests on Saturday of 15 leading pro-democracy figures, including the 81-year-old co-founder of the Democratic Party, Martin Lee. In a posting on social media, the Civil Human Rights Front revealed that it has already applied to police for a planned large-scale march on July 1. Janice Wong asked the front’s vice convenor, Eric Lai, how hopeful he is that the march will get police approval to go ahead:
Government warns against comment on democracy-activist round-up   Listenfacebook
The government has warned that it's inappropriate to comment on Saturday's round-up of pro-democracy veterans, as criminal proceedings are ongoing and public discussion could lead to, what it called, a public trial. It said the rule of law is a core value in Hong Kong, and any unfair and unfounded allegation - made with a view to undermining and discrediting the criminal justice system - is vehemently refuted. It issued the statement after Beijing hit back at criticism of the arrests by the US Secretary of State, Britain's Foreign Office and the International Bar Association. The Foreign Ministry office here said it was completely wrong to condone "anti-China troublemakers". Richard Pyne reports:
CE accused of betraying Hong Kong over Article 22   Listenfacebook
Pan-democrat legislators have accused the Chief Executive, Carrie Lam, of ‘betraying’ the people of Hong Kong by apparently siding with Beijing’s liaison office in its contention that it is not subject to restrictions laid out under Article 22 of the Basic Law. Cecil Wong has the details:
Bar chair calls for full explanation of the role of the Liaison Office   Listenfacebook
The Bar Association chairman, senior counsel Philip Dykes, says the people of Hong Kong are entitled to a proper explanation as to why Beijing's liaison office is not bound by Basic Law Article 22. The administration issued three statements on the issue in quick succession on Saturday night, and appeared to side with Beijing's view that the office was not constrained by the Basic Law provision that prohibits such departments from interfering in Hong Kong's local affairs. Dykes also told Richard Pyne that the Hong Kong government needs to "sit up and take notice" of the concerns raised by international legal organisations, following the arrest of 15 prominent pro-democracy activists on Saturday.
A weekend of confusion   Listenfacebook
Executive Councillor and barrister Ronny Tong says Beijing's position that Article 22 doesn't cover the liaison office is consistent with China's constitution, which allows the central government to assign various agencies to supervise governance in Hong Kong. But University of Hong Kong constitutional law expert, professor Simon Young, told RTHK he agrees with the Bar Association chairman that the government owes Hong Kong a proper explanation on why the liaison office is not bound by Basic Law Article 22. Mike Weeks asked him if the government’s warning against discussing the arrests of 15 leading pro-democracy figures had just added to the confusion at the weekend, coming so soon after Beijing said it was completely wrong to condone "anti-China troublemakers":
First local coronavirus case in 10 days raises fresh concerns   Listenfacebook
Hong Kong recorded its first locally-acquired coronavirus case in 10 days on Sunday, again raising concerns about the threat of silent community transmission of Covid-19. The patient in question is a middle-aged ground staff worker at the airport. She was one of two cases reported, raising Hong Kong's infection tally to 1,025. Richard Pyne reports:
Mental health crisis brewing in Hong Kong  Listenfacebook
A prominent psychiatrist has expressed worries that a mental health crisis is brewing in Hong Kong, as economic uncertainties cloud the city and people try to adjust to new routines with fewer social interactions. Dr Sunny Liu - an associate director at the University of Hong Kong's Centre for Suicide Research and Prevention - says the mental health of the general public has always been a concern because of work stress and the lack of balance in people's lifestyles. He told Joanne Wong that he fears things are getting worse because of the coronavirus restrictions on normal life:
U.S. death toll exceeds 40,000  Listenfacebook
The number of coronavirus deaths in the United States has passed the 40,000 mark, with almost half of them in New York. But despite that, protesters again took to the streets across America on Sunday, demanding that governors reopen economies shut by the coronavirus pandemic. Agitation for easing restrictions has grown recently, despite the risk of a resurgence in Covid-19 posed by reopening too soon. So why is that? Mike Weeks asked RTHK's Washington correspondent, Barry Wood: