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UPDATED: 08:08, February 06, 2005
Railway workers' heroic strike marked in central China city
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Representatives of government officials, industrial workers, students and men of the People's Liberation Army (PLA) gathered in Wuhan Saturday to mark the 82nd anniversary of the historic "February 7 Great Strike".

They laid wreaths of flowers in front of the Monument to the Martyrs of the "February 7 Great Strike" and paid tribute to the memorial hall of the event with historical significance.

Jinghan (Peking-Hankou) railway workers launched a great strike to struggle for workers' rights and interests and combat cruel oppression by warlords who were backed by imperialists on Feb. 7, 1923.

Lin Xiangqian, a member of the Communist Party of China (CPC) and chairman of Jiang'an Branch of Federation of Jinghan Railway Workers' Unions, Shi Yang, CPC member and a lawyer and legal adviser to Hubei Trade Unions Federation and the Federation of Jinghan Railway Workers' Unions, and scores of other worker martyrs laid down their lives, and more than 1,000 workers were fired.

It is known as "February 7 Tragic Incident". To commemorate the famous strike of Jinghan Railway workers in February 1923, commemorative activities have been held on Feb. 7 every year, since the founding of new China in 1949.

Source: Xinhua

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