The civil rights movements in South Korea has a great influence on Hong Kong. In the past two months, the protest against President Park Geun-hye in South Korea in 2016 was often mentioned by the Hong Kong protestors. The Korean farmers who protest against WTO (World Trade Organisation) in Hong Kong in 2015 had inspired the Hong Kong youngsters in Anti-Hong Kong Express Rail Link Movement in 2015, as well as the discussion on “militant”, or “jung mou” protest in recent years. In July, at the height of anti-extradition bill movement, Red Balloon interviewed Mr Tae-Ho Lee, the leader of South Korea’s Candlelight Revolution, during his visit to Hong Kong, on the experience of their protest.
Another struggle after one year: Lalamove's exploitation goes on
In late April 2018, an industrial action broke out in Lalamove China, a Hong Kong-invested logistics enterprise's branch in China. It was caused by the enterprise, which reduced the drivers' commission arbitrarily. Suffered from a sudden income loss, together with the ongoing rising petrol, toll fees and operating costs, drivers could not make their ends meet and launched a strike to address their problems. Hundreds of drivers in five different cities joined this action and this strike was covered by international media. Another strike, due to the same cause marks the first anniversary of Lalamove drivers' strike.