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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 Garden Road incident on May 22, 1967

The Garden Road incident on May 22, 1967

(p.43) 3 The Garden Road incident on May 22, 1967
Hong Kong's Watershed

Gary Ka-wai Cheung

Hong Kong University Press

On May 22, 1967, thousands of leftists marched up the Garden Road to the government house. These protesters offered insults and abuse, and then physical violence. The police stood their ground without retaliation but were forced to use their batons and make arrests when one of them was brutally assaulted. This protest resulted in bloodshed. The Chinese government announced on the same day the closure of the office of the British diplomat in Shanghai and ordered British diplomat Peter Hewitt to leave Shanghai in 48 hours. The Chinese government still showed support for the leftists in the Hong Kong public. Stoppages were staged by the leftist camp on May 23. However, the effects of these small-scale stoppages on their respective services were negligible. The British government then decided to withdraw from Hong Kong since the Chinese People's Government intended to go for all-out confrontation.

Keywords:   Garden Road, government house, Chinese People's Government, British government, leftists, Peter Hewitt, stoppages, Hong Kong

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