All websites: 12/26 is the 125th anniversary of Mao Zedong’s birth. There will be spontaneous mass commemorative events in Xiangtan, Shaoshan [Hunan]. News websites from all regions are not to assign journalists to cover [these events] unless arranged in a unified manner. Any unexpected circumstances at these events must uniformly not be reported on or disseminated. (December 27, 2018) [Chinese]
As China wrestles with the controversial legacy of Mao Zedong, a leading Marxist student activist at Peking University was detained by police just off campus while en route to an event commemorating the 125th anniversary of Mao Zedong’s birthday. On Twitter, Reuter’s Christian Shepherd shared a link to a WeChat post displaying many pictures from an unofficial commemorative event in Shaoshan, noting the apparent demographics of attendees:
Here are some pictures of celebrations at Mao's birthplace Shaoshan https://t.co/bfLq3a3aYD A lot of the attendees look young and moderately well-off.
— Christian 马思潭 (@cdcshepherd) December 26, 2018
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