1967 Disturbances

In May 1967, what sparked as a labour dispute at local faux flower factory escalated into leftist riots and large-scale, pro-communist protests were staged in support of the mainland Cultural Revolution and against British rule.

During the 1967 riots, local communist activists played cat-and-mouse with the police. Crowds were quick to gather, and tensions ran high when the police dispersed missile throwing mobs with tear gas.

Repercussions from the Cultural Revolution in China flowed across the border into Hong Kong in 1967. Police are seen at the centre of the provocations - the main entrance of the Bank of China. Local communists festooned Government House with anti-capitalist and anti-foreign posters as grim-faced marchers chanted patriotic slogans at its main gate.

Orchestrated demonstrations were staged in the streets, with carefully drilled participants waving Mao's 'red book', chanting slogans and either picketing workplaces or marching on the heavily guarded United States Consulate General on Garden Road.

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