Support for Chairman Mao Lingers – James Reynolds

From BBC News:

The true believers come out in the freezing cold. Just before dawn, several hundred people gather behind a line of policemen in Tiananmen Square. They stamp their feet to keep warm. They’ve all come to watch the Chinese flag go up at sunrise – a ritual that began in the days of Mao Zedong.

In this crowd there are no sceptics. “Chairman Mao is the greatest leader,” said one woman with a huge smile on her face.

A little later, I find another Mao devotee, a taxi driver called Yan Ruidong. “In the time of Mao, people worked together,” he said. “Their thoughts were pure. But now it’s different. People think only of themselves and only of making money.” [Full Text]

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