Against Beijing & Washington For international workers’ solidarity!
1 October marks 71 years since the founding of the People’s Republic of China – and one year since Hong Kong police began using live ammunition on democracy protesters. Our call to action with our friends in Labour Movement Solidarity with Hong Kong (UK) has brought together internationalists both in the UK and abroad, including politicians, trade unionists, human rights campaigners, and many, many ordinary supporters. Now it’s time to take action!
Together with our friends in Labour Movement Solidarity with Hong Kong (UK), we’ve launched this open letter to bring together internationalists for action in solidarity with all those struggling under the repressive Chinese state and ruling class. Please sign, support and share, and protest with us on 1 October!
Despite its racist crimes and the yawning inequality and exploitation in the society it rules, the Chinese state unfortunately has the support of some who consider themselves left-wing or socialist. This support is secured in part by propaganda lies denying the persecution of the Uyghur people and other minorities in Xinjiang. This week, a supporter of our campaign writes in Solidarity, newspaper of the socialist group Workers’ Liberty, to rebut and debunk one such piece of denialist propaganda:
One of our activists writes in Novara Media about what the Chinese state is doing to the Uyghur people, what is motivating the atrocities, and how socialists, progressives, trade unionists and the workers’ movement can make concrete solidarity:
Zumrat Dawut shares her experience as a survivor of forced sterilisation at the hands of the Chinese state, and BBC International Editor Gabriel Gatehouse reports on efforts to hold Chinese state officials, including Xi Jinping, accountable at the International Criminal Court in the Hague for crimes against humanity. Watch and share this BBC Newsnight report:
6pm Wednesday 5 August Embassy of China, 49 Portland Place, London W1B 1JL Map Facebook event
Socially-distanced protest at the Chinese embassy, for the rights of the Uyghur people in East Turkestan (Xinjiang, north-west China). This is a monthly protest on the 5th – we’re back after a pause due to COVID-19.
Our online event on 5 July, commemorating the 11th anniversary of the unrest in Urumqi and the massacre of Uyghur protesters that followed, heard eyewitness testimonies from people who were at the scene in 2009, and wide-ranging discussion about the struggle today.
For those who missed out, you can listen to the recording, or download it, from here: