China: The Tearing Down of an Idol

Mao comes under direct attack, along with his widow

In one Peking neighborhood, residents have been instructed to turn in their old Mao badges to local authorities. In the late Chairman's home town of Shaoshan in Hunan province, a hotel built to accommodate a crush of reverent pilgrims stands empty and silent. In Chengdu, capital of Sichuan province, the municipal party committee has decided to tear down the huge central statue of Mao that was built in 1968 with funds that had originally been earmarked for a sports center. Signs of a careful,...

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