Fear shuts Hong Kong’s largest trade union
Hong Kong’s largest independent trade union disbanded on Sunday, further stoking concerns over the space for civil society groups as a national security law and the sweeping powers it gives police stifle dissent in the global financial centre.
Founded in 1990, the 145,000-member Hong Kong Confederation of Trade Unions (HKCTU) voted to disband, bringing an end to the organisation as authorities exert greater control on groups and unions in the business hub.
Fears of falling foul of the law and facing terms of up to life in jail have seen at least 29 trade unions disband since the start of this year, according to a tally by Reuters.
HKCTU vice-president Leo Tang said members of the group had received threats to their personal safety, without elaborating.