Hong Kong Protest Faults Clinton
HONG KONG (AP) _ Demonstrators marched through Hong Kong today, burning a U.S. flag before President Clinton’s arrival and protesting labor conditions in mainland China.
About a dozen members of the April 5 Action Group burned a small American flag near the U.S. Consulate and called for U.S. companies to improve working conditions in their factories in China.
``We criticize Bill Clinton for talking about human rights and doing nothing about it,″ said Leung Kwok-hung, leader of the group.
Marching from Hong Kong’s central business district, the group carried flags saying: ``Stop U.S. businesses in China from creating a workshop of sweat and blood.″
Earlier, 20 other labor activists protested outside the consulate to deliver an open letter criticizing working conditions of U.S. multinational companies in China.
``Workers’ rights are people’s rights,″ they chanted.
Han Dongfang, leader of the group, handed the letter to an official from the U.S. Consulate and said Clinton ``did not see the real working conditions″ of workers in factories manufacturing U.S. goods.
A report released in Washington in March said conditions for thousands of workers in mainland factories, often owned by middlemen who sell to major labels, were getting dramatically worse.