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Impact of 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/9789622090897.003.0011
Impact of the 1967 riots

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The left wing paid a heavy price for instigating the riots which briefly brought Hong Kong society to a standstill. At the beginning of the labour dispute at the Hong Kong Artificial Flower Works, some members of the public were sympathetic towards the workers who joined the strike. However, the leftists quickly dropped the labour issues and the call for improving labour rights. Instead, they presented the incident as a “national oppression” by the colonial government. It largely offset the progress that Beijing had made in winning over the hearts and minds of Hong Kong in the 1950s and early 1960s. The leftist newspapers were hit hard because of their support for the disturbances and they lost appeal among the general public after the riots. The colonial government was forced to introduce social reforms to the Hong Kong people.

Keywords: Left wing; riots; Hong Kong; Artificial Flower Works; national oppression; Beijing; colonial government; social reform

Chapter.  5709 words. 

Subjects: Asian History

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