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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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People's Daily editorial on June 3 and the general strikes

People's Daily editorial on June 3 and the general strikes

(p.57) 4 People's Daily editorial on June 3 and the general strikes
Hong Kong's Watershed

Gary Ka-wai Cheung

Hong Kong University Press

This chapter discusses the propaganda warfare against British authorities in Hong Kong. The June 3 People's Daily editorial was a call on the left wing to prepare to “answer the call of the motherland” and smash the reactionary regime of British imperialism. Many leftist sympathizers believed that the editorial was an indication of the Chinese government's intention of “liberating” Hong Kong. The Hong Kong government continued to clamp down on the left wing, removing any inflammatory posters, and anyone found guilty of being connected with these inflammatory materials might be fined or imprisoned. Economic means were employed by the colonial government to force media organizations to take sides. On May 18, thirty leading businessmen in Hong Kong set up the Police Education Fund for the higher education of the children of police officers. The government earned public support for its crackdown on the disturbances.

Keywords:   propaganda, People's Daily, Hong Kong, Police Education Fund, Chinese government, British imperialism

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