Workers, some of whom are terminally ill with silicosis, gather to petition Shenzhen government. They claimed they suffered heavy-handed treatment from police. Photo: Handout

Chinese workers say silicosis protest was broken up with beatings and pepper spray

  • Campaigners have worked for nearly 10 years to highlight what they say is human cost of Shenzhen’s construction boom
  • Many workers denied help because they had no documentation from employers
Topic |   Migrant workers in China

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Workers, some of whom are terminally ill with silicosis, gather to petition Shenzhen government. They claimed they suffered heavy-handed treatment from police. Photo: Handout
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Mimi Lau

Mimi Lau

Mimi Lau covers human rights, religion and civil society in China. She spent seven years in southern China as the Post's Guangzhou Correspondent before returning to Hong Kong in 2017. Today, Mimi continues to pursue stories across the country, monitoring and reporting on key political and civil issues. She has won numerous awards for her work.