NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST)
13th August, 1966 : China is being turned upside down by a “great proletarian cultural revolution” designed to bring the country closer to Mao Tse-tung’s concept of the ideal Communist state. The new campaign is taking many forms, but is being spearheaded by hundreds of thousands of students organised into bands of Red Guards. Since the cultural revolution was launched at a mass rally in Peking, Red Guards have been moving across the country, parading with portraits of Mao and carrying little books of quotations from his works. Schools are being shut and hundreds of teachers and other intellectuals are being paraded by Red Guards through the streets wearing dunces’ caps.
[The Greens follow the script]