In the article, U-M Professor of Political Science Mary Gallagher "argues that the state’s harsh response to the Marxist students is less about their political stance than their activism in general. 'This is part of a broader crackdown on labour activists, lawyers and feminists who have all tried to build more sustained movements for social change,' she says. 'The party is more concerned with their ability to organise than with the substantive issues.'”
The full article, behind a paywall, can be found here.