China Is Dismantling Hong Kong's Unions

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Chinese state media outlets are railing against groups they claim are involved in money laundering, inciting riots, and supporting gangsters. They warn against "a chronic poison of society" and "a malignant tumor that must be destroyed." The situation is so bad, the newspapers say, that it is time for the Hong Kong government to crack down.

One would think they're talking about some major crime syndicate, perhaps a terrorist group. But no: The pro-Beijing press is talking about Hong Kong labor unions. For 48 years the Hong Kong Professional Teachers' Union has served 95,000 members; its…
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