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The Garden Road incident on May 22, 1967

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/9789622090897.003.0004
The Garden Road incident on May 22, 1967

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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

Chapter.  6912 words. 

Subjects: Asian History

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