Hong Kong: worker activist elected

Submitted by Anon on 8 October, 2004 - 9:51

Last month veteran workers’ democracy activist Leung Kwok-Hung was elected to Hong Kong’s Legislative Council — the administrative zone’s quasi-parliament.

Leung, known as “Long Hair”, won more than 60,000 votes, 14% of the votes in his constituency. Leung first fought for workers’ rights and democracy in Hong Kong from the previous British colonial government; more recently the fight is against the Beijing-appointed government. He has been jailed four times for his campaigning.

Leung demanded an end to Beijing’s one-party control in China, universal popular elections in Hong Kong, and the creation of unemployment benefits and a living minimum wage. His group “April 5 Action” originated through solidarity with the democracy movement in China.

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