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Unofficial union and student referendum to explain strike in Hong Kong fails

June 21, 2020

The unofficial referendum, held this Saturday by a coalition of 30 unions and student organizations in favor of a general strike to protest the authorities, has been canceled because it is far from receiving the number of votes it needs to legitimize.

At the end of the vote, only 9,000 of the 60,000 ballots that were required to examine the strike option were deposited. This is intended as a last resort against the controversial security law that China is preparing on the territory, and it could further restrict the rights and freedoms of its residents, the opposition said.

Of the votes collected, 95% voted for the strike, while 98% opposed the national security law.

Unofficial union and student referendum to explain strike in Hong Kong failsUnofficial union and student referendum to explain strike in Hong Kong fails

Hong Kong unions have played an important role in assisting workers during the anti-government protest movement. To the threat posed by China, it must be added that many workers have expressed dissatisfaction with the response from the local government, led by Carrie Lam, in the face of both the protests and the corona virus.