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Hong Kong: Resistance goes on

As the National Security Law starts to bite, Hong Kongers are still resisting

‘White Terror’ in Hong Kong

The postponement of elections in Hong Kong has more to do with Beijing’s fear of the democracy movement than public health concerns.

China ends Hong Kong autonomy

Beijing hopes that the imposition of the 'National Security Law' will mean the end of the democratic movement in Hong Kong. Colin Sparks argues that they are likely to be disappointed.

Beijing tightens the noose

The pro-democracy movement in Hong Kong faces a serious challenge after failing to win a strike ballot against Beijing’s planned national security law.

Hong Kong trade unions call for strike

Can workers turn opposition to Beijing's 'National Security Law' into action in Hong Kong?

Beijing gambles on Hong Kong’s future

Beijing’s attempt to impose the ‘National Security Law’ on Hong Kong is being met with fierce resistance. Unity with workers on the mainland and international solidarity will be key.

Hong Kong: the democratic movement re-emerges

The movement for democracy in Hong Kong is back. Since the coronavirus outbreak, activists have continued organising. Now they are preparing to confront new attacks from Beijing.

Hong Kong: opportunities for the movement

A new union organisation drive in Hong Kong might hold the key to breaking the deadlock, argues Colin Sparks.
Election poster Hong Kong

Hong Kong voters back protests

Hong Kong's 'silent majority' has spoken: they support the protestors and their five demands.
A graffiti reading 'liberty or death' on a white wall, with a person sitting on the floor on the left hand side.

Hong Kong: the occupation of Poly U

Colin Sparks reports on the ongoing occupation of the Polytechnic University in Hong Kong.

Latest articles

Image shows red graffiti on the wall of a train track reading 'QMUL No Evictions!'

Queen Mary University of London – stop evicting students now!

The following is a statement from the QMUL Rent Strike Campaign from early April 2021. QMUL Rent Strike Campaign is mobilising against the eviction...
An image of scrap metal on a wasteland, an ex-industrial area in Sered, Slovakia

Review | Hope Against Hope: Cyborg thinking in disaster zones

Hope Against Hope contains some of the finest work of thinkers at the intersection of abolitionism, cyborg natures, and ecological revolutionary socialism
Image of Kill the Bill protesters in Parliament Square

#KillTheBill – where it came from, where it’s going

Th Police Bill is an assault on us all and an attack on us all must be met by resistance from us all. Unity and solidarity must be the clarion call of this movement.
The High Court in London

Justice over profit – organising in the legal sector

The law is often seen as a privileged arena, but the industry has staggering wage inequality. Two founding members of Legal Sector Workers United explain their strategy.
Sketch of a raised fist.

Alba is a dead end

None of the main pro-independence parliamentary parties are capable of delivering an independent Scotland that puts the needs of working-class people first.
Nicolás Maduro at the funeral of Hugo Chávez in 2013.

Interview | Sanctions and ‘shock doctrine’ in Venezuela

In Venezuela, US sanctions are worsening a parlous economic situation and exacerbating a social crisis. What's the way forward?

Highlights

An engraving depicting the 1871 revolt against French rule in the Kabylia region of Algeria

1871: the Commune and the Kabylia

Rosa Moussaoui recalls the uprising that swept colonised Algeria at the same moment that a Universal Republic was proclaimed in Paris

Remembering the Paris Commune

On the 150th anniversary of the instigation of the Paris Commune, rs21's Art Group presents a video project to commemorate the world's first working-class revolutionary government.
A painting of Parisian National Guard gathered in the open air during the winter of 1870

The Paris Commune: Order Reigns in Paris

A new translation of an article from Le Cri du peuple, the leading newspaper of the Paris Commune
Photo from an action against Elbit Systems showing two protesters sitting in a doorway in front of the weapons factory's graffitied door, which reads 'Shut Elbit Down'. Fake blood is poured across the steps in front of them, as well as a sign that reads 'Ouch'.

‘That’s the power of direct action’: an interview with Palestine Action

On Feb 1 2021, Palestine Action and XR North shut down the Elbit Systems factory in Oldham. rs21 spoke with Huda and Richard from Palestine Action about Elbit, Palestine and direct action tactics.
A pro-independence rally in Glasgow, January 2020.

Scotland, the left and independence

If the British state breaks up, will Scottish independence be a serious progressive change, or just a neoliberal reshuffle?

Poland’s feminist uprising

Women in Poland are making their own cause for hope by taking the streets. rs21 spoke with several feminist activists in Polish union Inicjatywa Pracownicza about the recent wave of feminist strikes and protests.