Martyrs for Migrant Workers – Kenneth Tan

Shanghaiist reports on a recent violent attack against NGO workers who support the legal rights of migrant workers:

Migrantmartyrs1128Two weeks ago, when we told you that China’s new labour law was going to be a big, big thing, we had no idea it would also be the cause of some serious blood-letting. Local gangs and triads have been attacking the Shenzhen Dagongzhe Migrant Worker Centre which has been instrumental in providing legal advice for rural migrant workers and informing them about their rights under the new labour law. In separate attacks, they shattered the glass door and destroyed all computers and equipment in the centre. Apparently, in one attack, patrolling policemen did nothing to stop the attack. [Full text]

This comes as the government calls on local NGOs to increase their capacity building to help build a “harmonious society.”

[Image via Shanghaiist]

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