This is the translation of an article by Ralf Ruckus which appeared in the Swiss weekly WOZ on September 3, 2020. It describes the economic crisis that followed the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic in China and elsewhere and discusses differences between the current slump and the crisis after 2007 – namely the different position China has today in the global economy and the intensified confrontation with the US regime.
The online discussion series "China and the Left – Critical Analysis & Grassroots Activism" brings together activists and researchers with a left-wing perspective in order to shed more light on China’s changed role in the world as well as on the social conflicts and mobilizations in the country. The four events in September 2020 cover the topics EU-China-relations, the Hong Kong protest movement, feminism and queer activism, and recent labor unrest and organizing in China. For details and registration see this gongchao-page.
[deutsch | english] – The movement is back on Hong Kong’s streets while the planned security bill not only threatens the limited autonomy of the Special Administrative Region but also fuels the conflict between the USA and China. This is the translation of an article that appeared in the Swiss weekly WOZ on June 4, 2020.
[bahasa | english] – On March 1, 2020, the migrant domestic worker and citizen journalist Yuli Riswati talked to Ralf Ruckus and Alina Kornfeldt about the (Indonesian) migrant domestic workers’ visible and invisible involvement in the Hong Kong opposition movement. Economic and social life in Hong Kong would not function without migrant domestic workers. Their labor also sustained the persistence of Hong Kong’s opposition movement, but their concerns hardly play any role in its demands for more democracy.
[deutsch | english | italiano | português] – This article on China’s population policies and women’s refusal to serve as birth machines for the CCP’s development program first appeared in the Swiss weekly WOZ in German on January 23, 2020. Meanwhile, the ‘coronacrisis’ has hit (not just) China, and it is unclear whether the scraping of official birth limits will happen this year. The women’s struggle against the state’s populations policies and for more control over their lives is still on and might even intensify in the face of even more state interference into people’s personal lives.
[deutsch | english] – This is a short summary of the “Jasic Movement,” the wave of repression that followed, and the debate among left-wing groups in China on the current state of class struggles and forms of labor support in China. It is followed by a list of selected articles on the “Jasic Movement” in English and Chinese.
[deutsch | english | português] – The Polytechnic University (PolyU) in Hong Kong was under police siege for more than a week. The interviewed protester is in his early 20s, belongs to left-wing circles, and has been active in the movement for months. The interview took place on November 24, days after he had left the besieged campus. He describes not only the clashes and the series of other events during the siege but also the role of politicians, teachers, and social workers in pursuading protesters to surrender.
[deutsch | english | português] – On Monday, November 18, 2019, thousands of protesters came to the southern tip of Kowloon in Hong Kong to demonstrate and eventually try to break the police cordon around the occupied Polytechnic University where hundreds of students held out. This is a personal account of the day, written with a lot of adrenaline.
[english] – This report is mostly based on eye-witness accounts and discussions with protesters in Hong Kong over the past week. It describes the latest escalation of the protest movement's struggle against the Hong Kong government and police and the “saam baa” or “three strikes” actions in mid-November 2019: workers’ strike, class boycott, closure of businesses.