March 2016: 50th anniversary of the Cultural Revolution in China
March 2016 marks the 50th anniversary of the Cultural Revolution in China:
The "Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution" in the People's Republic of China took place between 1966 and the death of Mao Zedong in September 1976.
Propaganda slogans against the "internal enemies" mobilised pupils, students, and others - especially China's youth. Their goal was to purge any remnants of capitalist and traditional elements from Chinese society. This led to the public humiliation, torture, murder or forced suicide of millions of Chinese citizens, as well as the destruction of relics and religious or ancestral temples.
Mao's Cultural Revolution was a mass movement of destruction, consisting of numerous campaigns intended to eradicate his inner-party rivals and establish himself as sole leader of the People's Republic of China.