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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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Impact of the 1967 riots

Impact of the 1967 riots

(p.131) 10 Impact of the 1967 riots
Hong Kong's Watershed

Gary Ka-wai Cheung

Hong Kong University Press

The left wing paid a heavy price for instigating the riots which briefly brought Hong Kong society to a standstill. At the beginning of the labour dispute at the Hong Kong Artificial Flower Works, some members of the public were sympathetic towards the workers who joined the strike. However, the leftists quickly dropped the labour issues and the call for improving labour rights. Instead, they presented the incident as a “national oppression” by the colonial government. It largely offset the progress that Beijing had made in winning over the hearts and minds of Hong Kong in the 1950s and early 1960s. The leftist newspapers were hit hard because of their support for the disturbances and they lost appeal among the general public after the riots. The colonial government was forced to introduce social reforms to the Hong Kong people.

Keywords:   Left wing, riots, Hong Kong, Artificial Flower Works, national oppression, Beijing, colonial government, social reform

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