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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.

Battles rage across Hong Kong

The confrontation in Hong Kong has entered a new phase with pitched battles across the city running through the week.

Grief and anger in Hong Kong

Following the death of student Chow Tsz Lok, the protests are intensifying, but the need to link up with the mainland is pressing.

Latest articles

Fighting for the NHS: victory in Wales

The Tories may clap, but they had brought the NHS to its knees before Covid-19. The campaign to save an A&E in South Wales shows how communities can defeat cuts and role back austerity.

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.

The Black Lives Matter movement in 2020: results and prospects

Jaswinder Blackwell-Pal considers the situation of the BLM movement in Britain and argues for centring the politics of abolition and anti-imperialist solidarity.

The British left must stand in solidarity with Palestinians

Max Stein argues for vocal solidarity with Palestinians as the annexation of the West Bank goes ahead.

Artivists at Work

Artivists at Work was formed in response to the government's handling of the Covid-19 crisis. Here's a round-up of highlights from June and details of how to get involved.

Leave Labour with a plan

For the thousands leaving Labour, the key is not just to leave, writes Colin Wilson – it’s to leave with a plan to build something different.

Solidarity on the streets of London and Manchester

People protested to stand against the Tories' attacks on trans rights and to demand justice for Shukri Abdi. The two causes found each other on the streets.
Aretha Franklin (seated on the left) and Jerry Wexler (standing on the right, leaning over)

The Fairplay Committee

Mitch Mitchell recounts the legacy of the Fairplay Committee, a group aiming to improve the conditions of black workers in the music industry.

Rising up against ‘the science’

The latest relaxation of the lockdown is a political rather than a scientific decision, and it will put thousands of lives at risk without a fully functioning Test, Trace and Isolate system.

Anti-racism and re-building union strength

Liverpool dockers fought a valiant campaign in the 1990s to defend their jobs from an anti-union crackdown. Now they are rebuilding their union with fighting and internationalist traditions.

Highlights

Whose side are you on?

The Black Lives Matter protests have come up against police and the far right in the streets. Starmer’s Labour Party has taken the side of the cops.
Kwasi Agyemang-Prempeh

Video: Black Lives Matter

Black activists in Britain talk about the response to the murder of George Floyd, underlying racism and economic factors, links with the pandemic and how we build anti-racist solidarity.

Johnson’s 1 June plans in tatters – how do we build our strength?

Rob Owen argues that the NEU has won a convincing, but not complete, victory over the government and addresses how we develop workplace organisation in the coming weeks.
Viktor Orban at the European Parliament.

Trans rights and ‘gender ideology’ in Hungary

The Hungarian parliament has passed new legislation that will eradicate any recognition of transgender people. Hanna Gál situates the new developments in the context of the far-right ruling parties’ hostility to ‘gender ideology’ and argues for a trans-inclusive feminist fightback.
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Debt in a time of coronavirus

Video: How has coronavirus boosted household debt, the impact on working-class people and on the capitalist economy, and the possibilities for campaigning and resistance?