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<i>People's Daily</i> editorial on June 3 and the general strikes

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/9789622090897.003.0005
People's Daily editorial on June 3 and the general strikes

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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

Chapter.  7109 words. 

Subjects: Asian History

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