Join Sunday’s democracy march in Hong Kong

Kris Cheng, Hong Kong Free Press

This article was first published on HKFP under the headline: Pro-democracy activists urge Hongkongers to join ‘final’ protest on Sunday with ‘political prisoners’

Pro-democracy activists have urged the public to march on Sunday against the “authoritarian” regime. They say it may be the last opportunity before several activists are possibly jailed.

Demosisto’s Joshua Wong, who was released on bail from prison last month, said the city’s jailed activists had missed opportunities to march with supporters in August and October. He said it was likely that he would be jailed alongside Lester Shum, Raphael Wong and others. All are defendants in a case relating to the clearance of the Mong Kok Occupy protest camp in 2014. Sentences for the case – which is separate to Wong’s other Occupy-related conviction – will be handed down next Thursday. Continue reading “Join Sunday’s democracy march in Hong Kong”

China jails Taiwan activist Lee Ming-che for ‘subversion’

BBC

A Chinese court has sentenced a Taiwanese activist to five years in jail for “subverting state power”.

Lee Ming-che went on trial in September for attempting to promote multi-party democracy in group messaging chats.

His case has gripped Taiwan, which has called for Mr Lee’s safe return, and has further strained the island’s relations with China.

Taiwan’s presidential office has criticised the sentence, saying: “We cannot accept this.”

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Global protests against Hong Kong repression

Protesters in at least 20 countries plan to demonstrate in solidarity with Hong Kong political prisoners and ousted lawmakers

chinaworker.info

Lorenzo Rodríguez is the General Secretary of the Independent Democratic Farm Labourers’ Union in Mexico (Sindicato Independiente Nacional Democrático de Jornaleros Agrícolas). He’s also one of several workers’ leaders from around the world who has put his name to a petition against political repression in Hong Kong.

The petition ‘Global Solidarity – Stop Repression in Hong Kong’ has been signed by the six members of the Solidarity-People Before Profit group in the Irish Parliament (Dáil), along with political activists in dozens of countries from Indonesia to the US. These include elected councillors, dissidents, and relatives of political prisoners.

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Hong Kong’s MTR Corporation profiteering from state repression

“A tool of the government’s political crackdown” 

Adam N. Lee, chinaworker.info

Hong Kong’s state-owned rail giant MTR has expanded aggressively overseas in the past decade. The company has exploited the worldwide mania for privatisation of formerly publicly owned transport systems to establish itself as a global force. It now derives one-third of its revenue from operations in Europe, Australia and mainland China.

“In Sweden, MTR is now the third biggest employer in the capital Stockholm,” says Per-Åke Westerlund of the socialist party, Rättvisepartiet Socialisterna (CWI in Sweden). “Several groups of unionised workers have grievances against the company, which operates the Stockholm subway system, the capital’s regional railway, and has also taken over national rail routes. This summer, MTR’s subcontractor at the regional railway sacked 24 cleaning workers and cut working hours for another 41.”

In Melbourne, Australia, MTR owns 60 percent of Metro, which operates the city’s trains. In 2015, the company’s attacks on working hours and conditions triggered the transport network’s first strike since 1997.

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Prison is an inevitable part of Hong Kong’s exhausting path to democracy

The Guardian
By Joshua Wong (first published 28 September 2017)

Life at the correctional facility is dull and dry; to be disconnected from the family and friends I have fought alongside is also tremendously painful.

But despite these difficulties, I remain proud of my commitment to the umbrella movement, which was born exactly three years ago today.

After reading Nelson Mandela’s autobiography and the memoirs of the recently deceased Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo, I can’t help but think: what are these British-style marching exercises and the bad food here in Hong Kong compared to their sufferings?

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Justice figure defends jailings

The Standard
September 20, 2017

Hong Kong’s retired chief prosecutor defended the push by the secretary for justice to lock up 16 activists who previously escaped jail sentences as there was “no choice” otherwise.

Former director of public prosecutions Ian Grenville Cross, SC, however agreed the Secretary for Justice, Rimsky Yuen Kwok-keung, as a politically appointed official, should in future consider assigning the prosecution power to the director of public prosecutions instead, as he was independently appointed.

“The case cried out for a review,” Cross, 66, said Continue reading “Justice figure defends jailings”