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


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Hundreds arrested for protesting national security law  Listenfacebook
Thousands of people defied a protest ban and took to the streets on Wednesday to oppose Hong Kong's new security law, which came into effect the night before. Police made at least 370 arrests as they used water cannon, tear gas, and pepper spray against the crowds. Ten people were detained for alleged national security offences, as Timmy Sung reports:
Govt defends arrests while offering reassurance over freedoms  Listenfacebook
The Secretary for Security, John Lee, has defended the arrests of hundreds of people on the first full day of the implementation of the national security law, saying it is "common sense" for people to start abiding by the legislation the moment it comes into effect. But details of the new law were only made public hours earlier, as Priscilla Ng reports:
Teresa Cheng says HK has no control over ultimate security law penalty  Listenfacebook
Justice Secretary Teresa Cheng says the Hong Kong government has no say on whether people sent to the mainland over alleged breaches of the new security legislation could face the death penalty. Altis Wong reports:
Bar official questions whether HK courts can decide any security cases  Listenfacebook
A deputy head of the Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office, Zhang Xiaoming, says the new security law will allow Beijing to have a firmer grasp on Hong Kong and a more active role in its development. He described the legislation as a “birthday gift” to the SAR on the 23rd anniversary of its founding. He also warned that people who spread "rumours" about the police could breach the security law citing, as an example, claims by anti-government protesters that police had beaten people to death at Prince Edward station on August 31, last year. Zhang said people who accuse officers of such acts could be deemed to be inciting hatred against the force. Joanne Wong asked the Bar Association's vice chairwoman, Anita Yip, whether it's appropriate to write words like "hatred" into the statute book:
Ronny Tong urges people to read national security law carefully  Listenfacebook
The Chief Executive, Carrie Lam, has pledged to restore Hong Kong's economy and its international reputation in the final two years of her current tenure. Speaking during events on Wednesday to mark the 23rd anniversary of the establishment of the Hong Kong SAR, she also hailed the security law Beijing has imposed on the city as a "necessary and timely” move to restore stability. Lam said it was “constitutional, lawful, sensible and reasonable” and would put One Country, Two Systems back on the right track. A member of her Executive Council, barrister Ronny Tong, agrees. He spoke with Janice Wong:
Dennis Kwok says boundaries of security law are a mystery  Listenfacebook
Hong Kong's pan-democrat camp says the new security legislation tramples on the rule of law and essentially extends Beijing's state security system to its SAR. They say it's aimed at silencing critics by instilling fear. But Civic Party lawmaker and barrister Dennis Kwok urged people not to give in to that. Mike Weeks asked him whether heeding such a message could now get people into serious trouble:
Law ‘will perfect’ One Country, Two Systems: Luo Huining  Listenfacebook
The head of Beijing’s liaison office in Hong Kong, Luo Huining, says the national security law will be a turning point for the city to "move from chaos to order". Vicky Wong has the details:
Businesses welcome stability they hope security law will bring   Listenfacebook
The local business community has largely welcomed the new security law. The Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce said it will be instrumental in helping to restore stability in the SAR. Felix Chung, the leader of the pro-business Liberal Party, told Joanne Wong some companies saw the legislation as beneficial to the city, although they are worried about its repercussions: