Home News Reports China: Communist student activists go 'missing' for supporting workers' rights, raising fears of crackdown

China: Communist student activists go ‘missing’ for supporting workers’ rights, raising fears of crackdown

Activists and analysts have pointed out the irony of the socialist Chinese government, led by the theoretically pro-worker Communist Party, cracking down on young Marxists

At least 10 young activists from elite universities have gone missing in China on Sunday, after taking part in a national campaign for workers’ rights. This appears to be the result of an effort by the government to silence one of the most visible student protests in years.

Around nine young Chinese labour advocates have been forcibly detained in major cities across the country since August. Unidentified men in at least five Chinese cities rounded up the activists. The men beat several activists before pushing them into cars and driving away.

One activist, Zhang Shengye, was ‘kidnapped’ from the campus of Peking University, one of China’s top universities. However, it was not immediately clear what had happened to the activists who went missing in Beijing, Guangzhou, Shanghai, Shenzhen and Wuhan.

- Ad - - article resumes -

“They hit him hard and quickly got Zhang under control,” one witness told AFP, requesting anonymity.

The activists, describe themselves as ardent communists. Fervent believers in the ideals of Marx and Mao, they have waged an unusual campaign against inequality and corporate greed. This has gained traction at some of China’s top schools. These activists have become a growing problem for the government in recent years.

Under Chinese President Xi Jinping, Beijing has increasingly cracked down on all forms of dissent, including human rights activists, labour groups and religious organizations.

Activists and analysts have pointed out the irony of the socialist Chinese government, led by the theoretically pro-worker Communist Party, cracking down on young Marxists.

“It’s ironic to see how the students who have been studying and believing in Marxism are rounded up by the Chinese authorities for supporting workers, the fundamental value of Marxism,” said Patrick Poon. He is a researcher at Amnesty International in Hong Kong. “The students are simply exercising their freedom of expression and showing their solidarity to the workers. They should be immediately released”, he said.

In August, 50 student activists went missing after police raided an apartment where they were staying. Students from Renmin University in Beijing and Nanjing University have also disappeared or been held under house arrest. Three worker activists investigating conditions in a factory making shoes for Ivanka Trump’s brand were separately detained in May.

The Jasic Workers Solidarity group said at least two members of an NGO supporting workers in Shenzhen were detained. Along with them, three members of the solidarity group were also detained in the crackdown.

The Jasic Workers Solidarity group has been working with employees of the machine welding company Jasic Technology.

Help Opindia Reach Every Indian. Share This Post
We need your support to survive in the media industry. Please consider paying us for the content we produce:

To know more about these payments, please click here.


Big Story

While the date of the recording is not clear, it can be inferred from above conversation that it took place sometime in July.

2019 World Cup Is Here!

Catch the latest on Cricket World Cup as it unfolds, special coverage by Opindia

To Advertise on Opindia.com Click here

Army veteran Surendra Poonia receives threats from Pakistan, files online complaint with cyber crime portal

Major Poonia shared screenshots of the threats he has been receiving as well as screenshot of message which said how an unknown number had threatened to character assassinate him and malign him.
Google search shows images of Pakistan PM Imran Khan on search of Bhikari

Old controversy resurfaces: Google throws up images of Pakistan PM Imran Khan when searched for “Bhikari”

This controversy is, however, not new. In December 2018, a resolution had been submitted in Punjab Assembly, Pakistan to summon Google CEO and question him as to why Imran Khan's images show up when one searches for the word 'Bhikari'.

Harvard alumnus IAS officer says Harvard group’s petition demanding release of Shah Faesal was opposed by majority of group members

Harvard alumnus says majority group members had opposed few friends of Shah Faesal who released the statement

Barkha Dutt’s strange coincidences with a Kashmiri who wished death upon PM Modi and Amit Shah

Idrees ul Haq, with whom Barkha Dutt had a series of ‘coincidences’ is a known separatist sympathiser

The Wire and IndiaSpend’s Factchecker journalist caught trying to manipulate Dalit victims who were attacked by local Muslims to prove ‘no hate crime’

While the date of the recording is not clear, it can be inferred from above conversation that it took place sometime in July.

Deplorable ‘journalists’ further Pakistan propaganda and undermine India: Why should their patriotism not be questioned

Indian 'journalists' and 'intellectuals' have taken up the mantle of peddling the Pakistan narrative on Kashmir it appears.
Syed Akbaruddin addressed the media yesterday at the UN, affirmed that any decisions regarding Jammu and Kashmir is India's internal matter and if Pakistan wants any talks with India, it has to stop promoting terrorism first.

We do not need international busybodies to tell us how to run our lives, Pakistan using Jihad to promote violence: Syed Akbaruddin

"India is a vibrant democracy, we do not need international busybodies to tell us how to run our lives", India's ambassador to the UN Syed Akbaruddin.

Watch: Shazia Ilmi, other BJP leaders confront Pakistani protestors shouting anti-Modi, anti-India slogans in Seoul

Earlier also, the terror state of Pakistan, which is being isolated across the globe, had resorted to thuggery and vandalism on the streets of London
Shah Faesal was reportedly planning to approach ICJ over India’s decision to abrogate Article 370

IAS-turned-politician Shah Faesal was travelling to file case against India in the ICJ over Kashmir issue: Report

Shah Faesal was nabbed at the New Delhi International Airport on August 14 when he was trying to leave the country, reportedly, to Turkey

Purported email screenshots of Kavita Krishnan’s team show them discussing use of retired judges and ex-military officers for Kashmir propaganda

Purported screenshots of internal emails of urban naxals are being circulated on social media
Subscribe to Day's Top Stories
[newsletter_form type="minimal"]
- Advertisment -

Latest articles

Connect with us

180,742FansLike
170,425FollowersFollow
89,270SubscribersSubscribe
Help Opindia Reach Every Indian. Share This Post