e video could not be independently verified by Reuters. The reported raid in
City in late August saw around 50 of the students taken away.
> They weren't from here but they'd come to town to help local factory workers try and form a union. They'd all been living in one apartment. While this looks a bit like an overcrowded frat house, it's likely been enough for the ruling Communist Party to see them as a challenge.
Reuters' Sue Lynn Wong has been following the story of the activists’s work in southern China.>> In late July, a group of factory workers started fighting for their rights to form a labor union of their own choice in southern China. But they were met with enormous amounts of intimidation from the police and many were detained.
But this really galvanize students from around the country who came to southern China to support the factory workers in their plays.>> They've been agitating on campuses in cities like Beijing, fighting sexual harassment and trying to improve the lives of migrant workers. It's there that they've learnt to try and get around China's pervasive online censorship.
>> These students are savvy and well organized, and know how to skirt China's tightening censorship controls to communicate with each other and the rest of the world. They used code words to make sure that their conversations are not infiltrated by government moles.>> They also send screenshots of articles and other documents, camouflaging them with shapes and squiggles to try and trip up software that they say, scans images for text.
>> The students call themselves Marxist, and in their meetings they quote Lennon, Mao Zedong and China's current President, Xi Jinping. They worry about a fast changing China becoming too materialistic. And they say, they simply want to see more equality in Chinese society as well as better treatment of minorities and the poor.
But following the August raid, many say they've been escorted home and told Reuters they're under surveillance.
And many of the students remain missing.