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Monday was the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region’s 22nd anniversary, but it wasn’t exactly a day of full-throated celebration. Facing guerrilla-style protests against the extradition bill this year’s ceremony was moved indoors on the pretext of possible bad weather. Chief Executive Carrie Lam made her first appearance in two weeks since apologising for the way the bill was handled. She said she had learned a lesson and would reform her style of governance. Her words didn’t resonate with the half a million protesters who took to the streets later in the day arguably even less so with a harder core of younger protestors who gathered around the legislature.
The leading pollster Robert Chung set up a new institute on July 1st, the Hong Kong Public Opinion Research Institute following his departure from the University of Hong Kong. We’ll be talking to him and about his new venture and how for the past 28 years his work has been the bane of those who would rather tell us what the public thinks than listen to it.
That’s it for this week and in fact for this season. The Pulse will take a summer break, but we’ll be back at the end of September. Goodbye.
Hello and welcome to a new series of The Pulse. The latest Amnesty International report on Hong Kong’s protests, that have been going on for more than a hundred days, lays out a disturbing catalogue of arbitrary arrests, brutal beatings and torture in police detention. Although the protests have been underway for more than three months the Chief Executive Carrie Lam and her administration appear to be reluctant to address the issues that have caused the turmoil or to resolve the dangerous chasm that has emerged concerning the way the police have handled the protests. There has been escalating violence from both sides, with live coverage on television and social media. And as the protests have intensified, so has the online propaganda mill. Rumour, disinformation, and questionable news have spread like wildfire on social media platforms, further polarising opinion. With us to talk more about the issue is Rachel Blundy, Fact-check editor of Agence France-Presse and Chris Yeung, Chairperson of the Hong Kong Journalists Association.