Mao casts long shadow over China – Jonathan Watts
From Guardian Unlimited (link):
It is an anniversary that China wants to forget. Today marks 40 years since the start of the cultural revolution, one of the most insane episodes of the 20th century when children turned on parents, pupils tyrannised teachers and hundreds of thousands died in the name of class war.
The government will hold no commemoration. But for one survivor, at least, the lessons of those “10 years of chaos” must be heeded if China is to develop a modern law-governed society to match its economic progress.
See also “The Red Guards burned my toys” by Guardian Unlimited (link).