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Underground FrontThe Chinese Communist Party in Hong Kong$
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Christine Loh

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9789888028948

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789888028948.001.0001

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The Cultural Revolution and the Riots of 1967: From 1966 to 1976

The Cultural Revolution and the Riots of 1967: From 1966 to 1976

(p.99) 6 The Cultural Revolution and the Riots of 1967: From 1966 to 1976
Underground Front

Christine Loh

Hong Kong University Press

This chapter explores the 1967 riots and the activities of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) in Hong Kong. It also shows that by the end of the riots, the CCP's apparatus in Hong Kong was almost completely destroyed with the Hong Kong community turning away from Marxism partially—Maoism totally. It starts by presenting the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution. Eight months of disturbances had caused anxiety, distress, inconvenience, and economic loss to the Hong Kong community. During 1967, there was a net decrease in total bank deposits amounting to HK$243 million. The succeeding five years after the riots was a time when political, social, and economic conditions in Hong Kong had to be re-evaluated and the riots strengthened the hand of those who called for reform, which included professionals in social, medical, and educational work. Additionally, the riots of 1967 made the Hong Kong community reflect upon their sense of identity. Furthermore, the impact of the Riots on the local CCP is illustrated. Finally, the resolution on CCP history is given.

Keywords:   Chinese Communist Party, Hong Kong, Maoism, Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution, 1967 riots

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