BWI opposes anti-democracy laws in HK and Philippines
Both laws are similar in many ways. Both measures will create super bodies to supervise the laws’ implementation, comprised of appointed people from the executive branch with the powers to label any individual and group as terrorist and call for their surveillance, investigations, warrantless arrests, and detentions.
Both laws can also detain people for long periods of time. In Hong Kong, a suspect can be detained for up to six months, or extradited to and prosecuted in mainland China. In the Philippines, the Anti-Terrorism Law can detain people for up to 24 days. Clearly, in every respect, these laws are blatantly anti-worker and anti-democracy. They are anathema to democratic trade unionism.
BWI calls on its affiliates to express their support and solidarity to our sisters and brothers in Hong Kong and the Philippines who are fighting back and reclaiming shrinking democratic spaces. At a time of a global health crisis, what workers need are policies that will protect their health and jobs from the onslaught of the pandemic and its accompanying economic crisis. This requires a healthy and vibrant democracy, not state tyranny.
(Photos: The Catalyst, PUP and Anthony Kwan/Getty Images)