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Hong Kong: “Release political prisoners, stop disqualifications and election fraud!”

Hong Kong: “Release political prisoners, stop disqualifications and election fraud!”

Protesters gathered outside China’s embassies and consulates, as well as the Hong Kong government’s Economic and Trade Offices, in 22 cities across 20 countries on Thursday and Friday 12-13 October. The protests were part of a newly launched international campaign, Global Solidarity – Stop Repression in Hong Kong. The long list of protest locations included […]

Hong Kong: International solidarity campaign launched as government steps up repression

Hong Kong: International solidarity campaign launched as government steps up repression

Hong Kong is facing an unprecedented attack on democratic rights orchestrated by its pro-Beijing government. In recent months young activists have been jailed and elected legislators have been ousted from the partially elected local parliament (‘Legco’) on the flimsiest of ‘legal’ pretexts. Tens of thousands marched against the repression in August, but the pro-government camp […]

Hong Kong: 140,000 demonstrate against government repression

Hong Kong: 140,000 demonstrate against government repression

The massive August 20 demonstration called at just five days’ notice showed the depths of the popular backlash against the jailing of 16 young activists On August 20, up to 140,000 poured onto Hong Kong’s streets in the biggest anti-government protest since the 2014 Umbrella Movement. This incredible demonstration, protesting the imprisonment of 16 young […]

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Hong Kong: Judge’s disqualification of legislators threatens democracy struggle

Hong Kong: Judge’s disqualification of legislators threatens democracy struggle

The decision by Justice Thomas Au Hing-cheung on July 14 to expel four legislators from the Legislative Council (Legco), including veteran democracy campaigner, ‘Long Hair’ Leung Kwok-hung, is a massive blow against the democracy struggle in Hong Kong and, by extension, also in China. This was nothing short of a coup by the right-wing authoritarian […]

China – Crisis set to deepen

China – Crisis set to deepen

Year of the Monkey opens with economy in worst situation for decades As its factories restarted after the Chinese New Year holidays, China was facing its worst economic crisis in decades. The government’s official data do not give the true picture, maintaining the fiction of GDP growth of 6.9 percent in 2015. Even this represents […]

Hong Kong: Politics transformed by ‘Umbrella Revolution’

Hong Kong: Politics transformed by ‘Umbrella Revolution’

A fighting democratic movement must be created to continue and build upon this historic “first round” After almost three months that transformed the outlook of hundreds of thousands if not millions in Hong Kong, the ‘Umbrella Revolution’ withdrew from the streets. The movement demanding free elections, as opposed to a rigged Iran-style election model as […]