(12 December update)Support to activists continues despite political restraint。More workers within China signed the petition

Update as of 12 December 2015 on the detained Chinese labour NGO activists

《Support to activists continues despite political restraint。More workers within China signed the petition》

Today is Saturday and a rest day for the detention center. In a tense atmosphere of suppression and surveillance, the netizens and supporters to the labor activists have resorted to creative means to express their discontent towards the government’s suppression against the labour NGO activists.

Zhang Zhiru, a labor activist based in Shenzhen, has initiated an open petition, which has been posted online. He has persistently signed up for new blog accounts whenever the old ones are closed down by the government. Until this evening, 309 people, mostly workers nationwide, have co-signed the petition.

Some people have posted photos of themselves with handwritten slogans in support of the detained activists. 70 members of the Guangzhou Youth Volunteer Association have signed a petition with their membership numbers to support the detainees.

The online messages and articles supporting the detainees would be quickly blocked by the government. But some online articles criticizing the government-controlled labour unions have started to emerge. For example, with reference to the speech made by Xi Jinping, they criticize the unions for the trend of bureaucratization, rigid institutionalization, focusing solely on entertainment, and having turned themselves into aristocracy.

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