Social Movements

Arrests of Student Activists Involved in the Jasic Struggle in China Continue

Demonstrations by Chinese leftist student activists regarding the Jasic struggle in Shenzhen continue, with the detention of over ten student members of a Marxist Society at Peking University late last month. Another wave of detentions took place earlier this month, with forced confessions extracted by the Chinese government from some of the detained... Read More

Protests in Hong Kong Against New Law Criminalizing “Disrespect” of the Chinese National Anthem

Protests have broken out in Hong Kong over a new law that which would mandate the singing of the Chinese national anthem at official events, such as before sporting events or for the swearing-in ceremonies for lawmakers. The law would also criminalize disrespect to the Chinese national anthem, stipulating maximum penalties of 50,000 HKD, up to three years in prison, and with a three year limit for penalization rather than the usual six months for similar crimes... Read More

Who Will Be The Next Chair of the NPP?

In a surprise turn of events, NPP chair Huang Kuo-chang announced earlier this week that he will not be pursuing reelection for party chair next month. Party heavyweight Freddy Lim has also announced that he is not interested in pursuing the position. Who, then, will be the next chair of the NPP and how will chair elections affect the course of the party as a whole?... Read More

Indigenous Occupation Dismantled by Police on 699th Day, Occupiers Vow to Continue

Taipei city police dismantled the occupation encampment of indigenous protesters outside Exit 1 of the NTU Hospital station earlier today. Indigenous protesters, however, vow to continue to occupy. Today was the 699th day of the occupation and this was the third dismantlement of the occupation which has occurred to date... Read More

Controversy About Indigenous and Gender Representation After NPP Party Congress

Controversy has broken out after the NPP’s first general meeting for members was held last Saturday in Xindian. Namely, criticisms of the party have arisen from indigenous members of the party and others after a proposal that the central committee of the NPP should have at least one indigenous member and that no gender should have less than one-third representation on the central committee was voted down... Read More