Despite political repression and restrictions on rallies and public activities,  HKCTU organized a public event on On May 1st, International Workers’ Day. The public exhibition and leafleting drew public support despite a heavy police presence. The activity raised awareness of the struggle for worker and trade union rights and the imprisonment of trade unionits fighting for democracy. Police stormed the public event at the last minute in a failed attempt to create fear. [See Times of Turbulence, Our Call to Resistance: HKCTU’s statement on International Workers’ Day 2021] The IUF Asia/Pacific Regional Organization conveyed a message of congratulations to HKCTU for their courage in celebrating International Workers’ Day.

As part of their International Workers’ Day avtivities and rallies across the region IUF members included solidarity for the workers of Hong Kong and Myanmar in their May 1st message.