At least five hundred people rallied outside the Chinese embassy in London on 4 June to commemorate the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre and support the fight for democracy and workers’ rights in China now, at an event sponsored by a range of organisation and coordinated by Labour Movement Solidarity with Hong Kong. (Statement and sponsors for the event on the LSHK site here.)
Until recently Hong Kong had massive Tiananmen commemoration events, but they have now been suppressed. This makes events around the world all the more important.
Between 8 and 10.30pm, the crowd heard from speakers including many Chinese and Hong Kong activists, some of them participants in the Tiananmen protests, and UK labour movement and left supporters.
Throughout the event there was a strong emphasis on solidarity between the peoples oppressed by China (Uyghurs, Tibetans, Hong Kongers and others), workers and democracy activists in China itself and the international workers’ movement.
Building this campaign is vital, to support our sisters and brothers in China and strengthen the spirit of internationalism, consistent democracy and class solidarity in the UK labour movement. Socialists and trade unionists should propose support for Labour Movement Solidarity with Hong Kong and the Uyghur Solidarity Campaign in their organisations, build links with Chinese, Hong Kong and Uyghur activists, and organise events.
• For our editorial this week, ‘Against Beijing tyranny: workers’ solidarity’, see here.