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When the government consumes everything … literally.

2016/05/12

‘Flesh banquets’ of China’s Cultural Revolution remain unspoken, 50 years on

Hong Kong Free Press | 11 May 2016 — AFP

[Excerpt]

At the height of the frenzy of China’s Cultural Revolution, victims were eaten at macabre “flesh banquets”, but 50 years after the turmoil began, the Communist Party is suppressing remembrance and historical reckoning of the era and its excesses.

Launched by Mao in 1966 to topple his political enemies after the failure of the Great Leap Forward, the Cultural Revolution saw a decade of violence and destruction nationwide as party-led class conflict devolved into social chaos.

Teenaged Red Guards beat teachers to death for being “counter-revolutionaries” and family members denounced one another while factions clashed bitterly for control across the country.

But the Communist Party — which long ago decided that Mao was “70 percent right and 30 percent wrong” — does not allow full discussion of events and responsibility.

Some of the worst excesses happened in Wuxuan, in the far southern region of Guangxi, where the hearts, livers and genitals of victims were cut out and fed to revellers.

Now, five decades after the declaration of the Cultural Revolution on May 16, the town has frozen yoghurt shops, men fish a river beneath mossy limestone karsts, and red banners hang from trees proclaiming the ruling party’s dedication to the people.

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“There were beheadings, beatings, live burials, stonings, drownings, boilings, group slaughters, disembowellings, digging out hearts, livers, genitals, slicing off flesh, blowing up with dynamite, and more, with no method unused.”

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“It was not caused by economic reasons, it was caused by political events, political hatred, political ideologies, political rituals.”

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Full article at Hong Kong Free Press

Hmm – Sounds kinda like “#Red Lives Matter” ?

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