The tide of terror rolled on. Shanghai's Liberation Daily reported the execution of 208 "counter-revolutionaries," who were made to kneel in a suburban lot one afternoon while a firing squad finished them off from the rear. For the first time, as a new service to its readers, the Daily printed the names of the victims.
Peking's Mayor Peng Chen, chief organizer of the purges, called for more executions. The Chinese press diligently reported the antiphonal dialogue, almost liturgical in tone, between Peng and a conference of Communist deputies:
Peng: How shall...