The General Secretary of Hong Kong Confederation of Trade Unions (HKCTU), Lee Cheuk Yan, has been arrested along with democracy advocate, accused of having participated in a pro-democracy march on 31 August 2019.
Since the start of the anti-extradition bill protests in June 2019, the Hong Kong government has banned 47 public assemblies and arrested 7000 protesters for unlawful assemblies and rioting. Eighty percent of these cases are still under investigation in a bid to intimidate and judicially harass those arrested from exercising their lawful rights and fundamental freedoms. While Lee has been released since, a court hearing is scheduled for May 5.
The ITUC-AP jointly with ITUC, has demanded the Hong Kong government to respect the people’s right to freedom of assembly and to drop all charges against Lee Cheuk Yan and all the peaceful protesters associated with the anti-extradition bill protests. The ITUC/ITUC-AP letter is attached. Responding to the ITUC-AP request for immediate support, many affiliates have taken necessary action.
More information on the solidarity campaign will be forthcoming.