Tell the Chinese Government to stop the oppression of labor activists! What a joke of “socialist” country. The Chinese state controlled unions do nothing for workers, and when workers try to actually better the conditions of their fellow human, they suddenly “commit suicide” and their bodies are rushed away. It’s defacto support for countries like these that is part of the reason I no longer associate with certain groups on the left (*cough*CPUSA*cough*).
Two days after the 23rd anniversary of the June 4th Massacre, Li Wangyang, a labour activist since the 1980s, was found dead in a hospital in which he was being detained, in Shaoyang City of Hunan Province. The police claimed that it was a suicide and forcibly took his body away. Li’s family is not convinced by the police version and requests an investigation into his death. However, the Chinese Government disregarded the public concern and cremated Li’s body. Just a few days before his mysterious death, Li gave an interview to a Hong Kong television station, publicly criticizing the Chinese government for oppressing dissidents. Many believe that his death could be retaliation by the authorities. Li Wangyang’s fate is shared by many dissidents in China. The Chinese government has a long tradition of outlawing labour activists and brutally cracking down on their actions. According to the ITUC/GUF Hong Kong Liaison Office’s information, at least 36 labour activists are imprisoned, due to their involvement in organising strikes, protests or independent workers’ organisations. This figure is just the tip of the iceberg, as many of them are detained without any legal proceeding or simply cracked down by the police. Very often, their stories are never heard. We call upon the international labour unions and civil society to show us solidarity, by joining us in sending this message to the Chinese government.