CHINA: Trying the Gang of Four

Peking sets out to put the Cultural Revolution in the dock

It was a sudden, precise blow (hat was to change the course of Chinese history. Four powerful members of China's ruling Politburo were lured into the Chungnanhai compound of Peking's Forbidden City on the pretext that an urgent meeting was about to be convened. There, they were abruptly arrested and jailed. Quickly, newspapers and radio stations were seized; key universities, where the four had influence, were surrounded by troops. With one stroke, the four leaders who had dragged China through the...

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