Hong Kong unions, students fail to get support for strikes against the security act


A Pro-democracy protester waves a pro-independence banner at a protest in New Town Plaza mall in Sha Tin in Hong Kong, China, June 12, 2020. REUTERS/Laurel Chor

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Pro-democracy, unions, and a group of students in Hong Kong failed to garner enough support for the holding of strikes against imminent to the national security legislation imposed by Beijing, in a coup for the Chinese-ruled city for the protest movement.

After a year of often-violent riots, anti-government demonstrations have lost momentum due to the increase in the risk of arrest, with recent rallies in failure to receive the approval of the police because of coronavirus restrictions on large crowds.

A strike has been planned to open a new arena of resistance, but the organizers said that 8,943 members of the union participated in a town election, below the threshold of 60 000 to go ahead, as 95% of the votes in his favor.

Separately, the Pupils of the Secondary School of the Action of the Platform said that it would not initiate a class boycott, as they have fallen short of some of their goals for the votes.

The vote took place on the Saturday and the results were announced around midnight.

Unions represented nearly two dozen industries, including aviation, transportation, construction, technology and tourism. Most have been trained in the last year that the pro-democracy activists have been spearheading the biggest push to unionize the laissez-faire, ultra-capitalist finance ” hub ” where collective bargaining rights are not recognized, and since Britain handed the city back to China in 1997.

China on Saturday announced details of the national security legislation, the unveiling of Beijing’s global powers of his application, and signaling the most profound change to the city way of life since the handover.

The law has provided for alarmed foreign governments as well as democracy activists in Hong Kong, who have already been concerned that Beijing was tightening its grip on the semi-autonomous city.

Officials in Beijing and Hong Kong have sought to reassure investors that the law will not erode the city’s high degree of autonomy, insisting on the fact that it targets, only a minority of “troublemakers” who pose a threat to national security.

Reporting by Marius Zaharia; Editing by William Mallard

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