Shi Yang, a proletarian revolutionist and a famous labor lawyer


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From Zhushan County to Shiyan, when we are about to enter the urban area, we will pass a smooth road called "Shiyang Road", which is surrounded by Niutou Mountain. This is to commemorate Shi Yang, an outstanding leader of China's early labor movement, who came out of Zhushan County.
Shi Yang, formerly known as Ji Chao, with the name of Wan Li and the character of Bo Gao, was born in an ordinary civilian family in Zhushan County. He was hardworking, thrifty, virtuous, quick and eager to learn. His way to study was not without ups and downs, but it was hard to conceal his excellent quality and noble personality.
In 1907, Shi Yang joined the Yunyang Agricultural School, and in 1910, he joined the Yunyang Agricultural Middle School. During this period, he interrupted his studies because of the 1911 Revolution, and he did not give up his quest; In 1912, Shi Yang returned to his hometown to establish a national school to promote education; In 1914, Shi Yang was admitted to Hubei Police School; In 1915, he was admitted to Hubei Legal and Political School to study law and became a lawyer after graduation; He joined the CPC in 1922, and successively participated in and led the Hankou rickshaw puller strike, the Guangdong Hankou railway workers strike, and the Hankou cigarette factory workers strike.

 

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From this resume, it is easy to see that it is almost inevitable that Shi Yang can grow into a "labor lawyer" who can speak for the labor and a Communist who asks for orders for the people. From reading and preaching to developing education for the people, to joining the CPC, the spirit of "serving the people" has always been rooted in Shi Yang's heart, and guided him through an inevitable and magnificent life.
In 1923, the Beijing Han Railway strike was imminent. As the general leader of Jiang'an District, Shi Yang actively contacted comrades and prepared for the details of the strike. On February 4, the strike broke out smoothly.
The Beijing Han Railway Strike Movement not only encouraged workers to take back their own rights and interests bravely, but also angered the warlord forces. The warlord Xiao Yaonan secretly arrested Shi Yang and lynched him after a reactionary trial.
During the trial, Shi Yang strove to preach the legitimate rights and interests of workers and denounced the reactionary nature of warlords. When he was executed, Shi Yang was generous and indignant. Facing the military and police people, he shouted, "Long live the workers!" and died with indignation. The sleeping people were awakened with blood.
Chairman Mao once spoke highly of him: "Comrade Shi Yang's sacrifice proves that the CPC is the working class's own political party and protects the interests of the working class most."
Today, Comrade Shi Yang's deeds are an important part of the red memory and red inheritance of Shiyan City as a traditional old revolutionary base area, and will also inspire and witness the city to a new height of socialist construction.