Protests around the world on 12 October
Socialist Action reporters (CWI in Hong Kong)
On 12 October there will be international protests in 23 cities around the world against the worsening political repression in Hong Kong. The campaign is organised by Global Solidarity – Stop Repression in Hong Kong, with members of the Committee for a Workers’ International (CWI) playing a key role in kick-starting solidarity action. An online petition has been signed by left political activists, members of parliament, and prominent worker activists in more than a dozen countries.
From San Francisco to Colombo, Vancouver and Kuala Lumpur, there will be protests at Chinese embassies and consulates and Hong Kong Economic and Trade Offices, demanding the release of political prisoners and an end to election manipulation and disqualification of elected legislators.
In Hong Kong a new trial starts on 13 October of 20 ‘Umbrella activists’ charged with defying a court order to clear one of the occupation sites during the 2014 Umbrella Movement for democracy. It is possible that many among the 20 defendants will receive jail sentences, joining the 16 young activists who were given harsh jail sentences in August.
A new video from the Stop Repression in Hong Kong campaign has already been viewed thousands of times. The video, featuring Sally Tang Mei-ching of Socialist Action (CWI) and ousted legislator ‘Long Hair’ Leung Kwok-hung of the League of Social Democrats, gives an overview of what is happening in Hong Kong.