My Arrest on February 28 2020 for Protest/March On August 31 2019
Respect Rights to Freedom of Assembly Drop All Charges Against LEE Cheuk Yan Now
The General Secretary of the Hong Kong Confederation of Trade Unions (HKCTU), LEE Cheuk Yan, was arrested this morning (28/2/2020) on charges of “unlawful assembly”, he was later released on bail and pending court hearing on May 5. The HKCTU vehemently condemns the arrest, which we regard as a plot to further suppress Hong Kong citizens and workers’ rights to freedom of association, and we demand the Hong Kong Government to drop all charges against LEE and others who are criminally prosecuted due to political reasons.
A cleaning worker who stands for justice in the time of tumult
‘A human being should have some obligations to others. Shouldn't one listen to the youth's opinion? Should one not protect the children? For those who do not care about politics, have they ever considered, if it was their kids that were injured?’ Loong hopes that those who are indifferent to politics will step forward, ‘If you stop working for a few days, you wouldn't die of starvation, would you?. This is a matter which concerns all Hong Kongers.’
A NewPower in Hong Kong’s Social Movement - Inventive Ways in the Fight Against Tyranny
What is the difference between NewPower and old power? In the old power model, the masses usually passively “consume” and “receive instructions”, but NewPower places “mass cooperation and participation” at the top priority. The two authors use currency as an analogy for old power, that it is closed and controlled only by a few, where competition and trade-off is emphasized. NewPower, on the other hand, is like water. It is fluid, and encourages participation, openness and cooperation.
New era and a new form of organization?! From Telegram group to the strike prep team
Winston and Easy are part of a cross-profession strike prep team. Each plays different roles in the movement. They have initiated the strike on 2 Sept and 3 Sept,
"I think that this campaign is more important than any job. I want to focus on this battle first," social worker Winston says. In early June, he joined the social worker counseling group, but he was not very active until the strike on 5 Aug. On that day, he was on his way for a job interview, and was passing by a train station. A young man was being beaten by the "blue-ribbon" people, because he had obstructed the station entrance. Winston stepped in, boldly showing his social worker ID card, and tried to stop the conflict. Finally, he chose to stay and help, and forfeited the job interview. "I saw how the strike on 5 Aug had a great impact on Hong Kong. I think there is hope in Hong Kong, so I want to do more." Winston appreciates that the current union has strong execution skills, but there was a lack of cross-sector strike, so he pushed for one through TG.