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Prelude to the 1967 riots

Gary Ka-wai Cheung

in Hong Kong's Watershed

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print October 2009 | ISBN: 9789622090897
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9789882207011 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5790/hongkong/9789622090897.003.0002
Prelude to the 1967 riots

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This chapter begins by discussing a hunger strike, staged by a young man named So Sau-chung, for the purpose of encouraging the Star Ferry Concourse to withdraw its proposal to increase the fare of the ferry service between Central and Tsim Sha Tsui. This was the first hunger strike in Hong Kong, where demonstrations rarely occurred before the early 1970s. Lo Kei and a few others joined the hunger strike. They did not expect that their actions would ignite a riot two days later. A local academic noted that between 1957 and 1966 there was little income redistribution in Hong Kong, and the newly created wealth was not dispersed throughout society but remained in the hands of factory owners. This chapter then examines the riots in Macau and the shock caused by the Cultural Revolution. Lastly, it evaluates the labour disputes prior to the 1967 riots.

Keywords: hunger strike; So Sau-chung; Star Ferry Concourse; fare; Hong Kong; income distribution; Macau; Cultural Revolution; labour disputes; 1967 riots

Chapter.  6960 words. 

Subjects: Asian History

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