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China Attacks Unhappy Workers

Monday, 13 May 2002 12:00 AM

"Protests by angry workers over layoffs, wage arrears, poor working conditions and management corruption have been met with repression and force. Clashes between workers and armed police have resulted in casualties and arrests. Such demonstrations are often unreported as the local authorities attempt to conceal the severity or extent of the protests," the organization said earlier this month.

Many labor activists and supporters have been detained and beaten during or immediately after demonstrations, then released after a short detention. Others, usually the organizers, have been charged and imprisoned for long periods, the group said. Journalists and lawyers face intimidation and arrest if they speak out in defence of the workers.

Cao Maobing, a labor activist in a silk factory in Funing, Jiangsu province, said that he spent seven months in Yancheng No. 4 Psychiatric Hospital in 2001 and was forcibly given drugs and electric shock treatment after he led a strike and tried to form a union to fight against corrupt factory bosses.

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