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An American in China

China’s Birthday and Struggle

Posted by w_thames_the_d on October 3, 2011


October 1st was the Chinese media is playing up the ‘good that Mao’ and the party did, but I am confused. I came across this site, which tells a different tale. According to them, a lot , I mean a lot of Chinese died during the cultural revolution alone.So if this is true, then why did we see all of the good things about the ……. today?
From here
“However, 40 years after it ended, the total number of victims of the Cultural Revolution and especially the death toll of mass killings still remain a mystery both in China and overseas…
On July 28, 1966, Jiang Qing, Mao’s wife and a key figure of the Central Cultural Revolution Group, conveyed Mao’s instruction regarding mass violence at a students’ rally: “If good people beat bad people, it serves them right; if bad people beat good people, the good people achieve glory; if good people beat good people, it is a misunderstanding; without beatings, you do not get acquainted and then no longer need to beat them.”. In other words, Mao thought the government “should turn a blind eye to violence as an inevitable by-product” of the Red Guard mobilization (Walder, 2009: 149). ”

Read the report here

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