Hong Kong, after the clashes, towards a general strike

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General strike planned for Aug. 5 as protests evolve

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After weeks of massive protests, and clashes between citizens and the police (and even groups of thugs hired to beat up protesters), the pro-democracy movement is entering a new phase.

The organizers of the movement are calling for citizens to abandon their jobs for a day on Monday, Aug. 5, to attend a general strike on August 5th, in seven city districts: Sha Tin, Tsuen Wan, Tuen Mun, Wong Tai Sin, Tai Po, Mong Kok, and Admiralty.

The organizers are calling for a response to protesters’ key demands — such as the complete withdrawal of a controversial extradition bill, an investigation into police use of force, and universal suffrage.

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Posters calling for Hongkongers to join in strikes planned for Aug. 5.

The strike of MTR conductors

Meanwhile, hundreds of subway staffers have signed a petition asking MTR, the company that controls the city’s subway, to apologize for the violence triggered by pro-Beijing groups on July 21 at Yuen Long station.

Employees also require that MTR issue new regulations to avoid these incidents again.

Failure to comply with these requests will result in the drivers’ strike which will begin tomorrow morning local time at 7:30 am, effectively blocking the city state’s transit system, and forcing the 5 million daily passengers to use alternative means.

MTR released a statement yesterday stating that no employee was injured in the clashes.

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Posters calling for Hongkongers to join in strikes planned for Aug. 5.

Source: coconuts.co

 

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