Hong Kong movie, Chung Ying Street No.1, directed by Derek Chiu, compares the 1967 HK Riots with a HK localist resistance set in 2019. Three young people join the 1967 riots in Chung Ying St., on the border between HK and China. And then, as if by reincarnation, the same artists play another three young people joining a 2019 localist movement, and defending agricultural fields in the area against a land development merging between HK and China, which reminds people of the 2010 defense of Tsoi Yuen Village against the building of a redundant express rail link between HK and China, and the 2014 Umbrella and 2016 Fishball Revolutions.
The major difference between the 1967 Riots and 2019 resistance is that the participants of the former are mostly ignorant youngsters brainwashed and incited by HK communists, whilst participants of the latter mostly act out of love for HK and repulsion for China’s colonization of HK. For example, in 1967, the HK Maoist played by Yau Hok-sau is asked by his love rival Siu-ye, “If China is really so good, and HK so bad, why are there so many people escaping from China to HK?” and Yau cannot answer.
Wing-kuen is a character that has taken part in both movements. He stresses that the 1967 rioting took place because a group of HK communists, for the sake of winning fame and power, wanted to duplicate in HK the China Cultural Revolution, thereby causing serious damages to HK. Nonetheless, he fairly points out that in those years, there were really social problems like rampant police corruption and exploitation of labor, that after 1967, the British HK Government learnt from the lesson and rebuilt HK into a civilized and magnificent metropolitan city. In defense of his field on Chung Ying St. in 2019, Wing-yuen presses one hand on a gas tank and hold a lighter with another hand, saying, “If you really love a place, you will be willing to protect it at any cost!” And when the reincarnated Yau Hok-sau goes to jail in the same year, he summarizes his resistance experience in the phrase, “action”.
A statistical difference between the 1967 and the contemporary localist movement, as once written on the screen in the movie, is that 51 people (including two innocent children and one anti-communist radio host) were killed and more than 800 people injured in the 7 month-long 1967 Riots, while no one was killed and only 100 people were slightly injured in the several-hour-long Fishball Revolution. Many of the arrested protestors involved in the latter, however, have been given a prison sentence longer than those involved in the former, by way of the same colonial charges — illegal assembly/rioting — originally designed to deal with truly atrocious communists in HK. Photo credit: https://www.facebook.com/no.1chungyingstreet/
輪迴中英街（文：曾焯文）Chapman Chen: Reincarnation of Chung Ying St.
兩班抗爭青年都好多以非法集結/暴動罪而入獄。按: 非法集結/暴動罪其實係港英政府用來對付土共的殖民地法例; 近年港共竟用來對付本地異見人士。
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