HKCTU Launches Global Action Week. International Solidarity for Arrested Labour Activist in China
The Jasic labour struggle in the late July 2018 had triggered a series of crackdowns on labour movement in China. The suppression is already beyond the Jasic incident itself. Some labor activists who did not involve in the Jasic struggle and media editors who concern workers' rights were also targeted. Under the development of this situation, the HKCTU calls for global solidarity to support the detained labour activists in China.
A Love Story Separated by High Walls
On the evening of 20 March 2019, Wei Zhili (Xiaowei), an editor of the "iLabour", an online media concerned about the rights and interests of Hunan's silicosis workers, was arrested by Shenzhen Police when he was on his way to his parents' residence in Guangzhou. The police also broke into his parents' home and searched for evidence.
Global solidarity to demand the immediate release of Chinese labour activists
Since the Jasic Workers’ Struggle last August, Chinese Government has launched a series of crackdown against the labour movement in China. Numerous labour organizers, activists, civil society workers, supporters to the student and labour movement have been detained and charged with different offences. Thus, together with Globalization Monitor, the HKCTU launched a global online petition at LabourStart’s website.
Free the detained labour activists. Let them go home for New Year.
Starting from July 2018, a series of collective actions has broken out as workers at Jasic Technology decided to organise their own union to safeguard their rights. At the moment of writing, 53 people are behind bars because of their involvement with or support for Jasic workers, including sympathetic students or graduates, NGOs' workers or unionists at the grassroots level. At the same time, Chinese Government detained five labour activists on 20 January 2019. Details are not yet known, but it is reported that two of them would be charged with “gathering a crowd to disturb social order
Chinese Government: Repression as the Only Answer to Labour Resistance
Starting from the beginning of 2019, labour activists in Southern China have been facing a new round of repression. The Chinese Government launched a cross-provincial detention, taking away five labour activists, Wu Guijun, Jian Hui, He Yuancheng, Song Jiahui and Zhang Zhiru in Changsha, Shenzhen and Guangzhou. As most of the detainees were disallowed to meet with their lawyers in the past month, very limited information is known.
Detained Members of Support Group of Jasic Workers Seemed to “Pledge Guilty” in Videos
In recent days, there have been rumors that the Chinese Government were forcing the student activists from various universities' Marxist Societies to watch a “confession” video of detained members of Support Group of Jasic Workers. In the evening of 29 January, members of the Support Group released the audio clip and transcript of the above-mentioned video.