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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 Sha Tau Kok incident and bomb attacks

The Sha Tau Kok incident and bomb attacks

(p.71) 5 The Sha Tau Kok incident and bomb attacks
Hong Kong's Watershed

Gary Ka-wai Cheung

Hong Kong University Press

On July 8, a border conflict erupted in Sha Tau Kok, a New Territories village bordering Shenzhen, taking the tension to an unprecedented level. Hundreds of demonstrators gathered in the area. When the police attempted to disperse the crowd by firing baton shells and tear gas, automatic fire opened on the post. At this time a riot company on its way up to support the post was fired upon by rifles and machine gun. Several people died in that event. Meetings between the Hong Kong government and the mainland officials were held. Deals were generated, easing the tension in the border area and fostering a working relationship between mainland border authorities and the Hong Kong government. Leftists inspired by the border conflict resorted to violent means in the confrontation with the colonial government. Nine emergency regulations were then promulgated by the government. More demonstrators gathered at the North Point tram, injuring several policemen.

Keywords:   Sha Tau Kok, Shenzhen, Hong Kong government, leftists, emergency regulations, North Point tram, border conflict

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