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Hong Kong's WatershedThe 1967 Riots$
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Gary Ka-wai Cheung

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9789622090897

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789622090897.001.0001

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The 1967 riots: A watershed in the postwar history of Hong Kong

(p.1) Introduction
Hong Kong's Watershed

Gary Ka-wai Cheung

Hong Kong University Press

This chapter discusses the unions formed and the riots carried out by the leftists in Hong Kong in April 1967. The situation calmed down in December after Beijing reined in the Hong Kong leftists. Communist organizations in Hong Kong sought to impose their will on the people by intimidating workers and provoking work stoppages, riots, and indiscriminate violence. The 1967 riots were seen as a spillover from the Cultural Revolution that Mao Zedong had begun in the mainland. It aroused the “Hong Kong consciousness” and sense of belonging to the city among the young generation. However, it is seldom mentioned in mainland publications of Hong Kong's history. Zhou Nan, former director of the Xinhua News Agency's Hong Kong branch, disclaimed the disturbances on the ground that it was a struggle wrongly staged by the leftists.

Keywords:   riots, communist organizations, Cultural Revolution, Mao Zedong, Hong Kong, leftists, Beijing

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