Hong Kong unions, students fail to secure strike support | News


Pro-democracy unions and a group of Hong Kong students have not been able to garner enough support for the strikes against imminent national security laws imposed by Beijing in one fell swoop for the Chinese, reigned over the city of the protest movement.

After a year of often violent riots, anti-government protests have lost momentum due to increased risk of arrest, with recent rallies failing to receive police approval due to coronavirus restrictions large crowds.


A strike was planned to open a new arena of resistance, but organizers said only 8,943 union members participated in a city poll, below the 60,000 threshold to move forward, just as 95 percent of the votes are in favor.

Separately, Platform Action Secondary School Students said he would not start a boycott class, as they ran out of some of their voting targets.

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

Unions have represented nearly two dozen industries, including aviation, transportation, construction, technology and tourism.

Most have been trained in the past year as pro-democracy activists have led the biggest push to unionize, the laissez-faire, ultra-capitalist finance “hub” where collective bargaining rights are not recognized – since Great Britain handed the city over to China in 1997.

On Saturday, China announced details of national security legislation, saying that Beijing’s global enforcement powers and signaling the city’s most life-changing life path since the handover.

The law anticipated alarmed foreign governments as well as democracy activists in Hong Kong, who have already been concerned that Beijing, has been 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 that it targets only a minority of “troublemakers” who represent a threat to national security.


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