soiling the latrine! Today we force them to perform some light physical labor to stir up their putrid and rotten souls and to destroy their petty bourgeois dreams! A joyous event like this one could only have taken place in today's Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution.
Long live the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution!
Sweep away all ox-monsters and snake-demons!
Liu Tianzhang Class 4141 6 August 1966
On Hunger Strike to Protest Illegal Political Persecution
Source: The text of this protest note ("Jueshi kangyi feifa zhengzhi pohai") by a twenty-one-year-old student in the Chemistry Department is reproduced in Qinghua University Jinggangshan Red Guards Propaganda Team, ed., Qinghua daxue dazibao xuan: Kuai Dafu tongzhi de dazibao (Selection of Big-Character Posters from Qinghua University: Big-Character Posters by Comrade Kuai Dafu) ( Beijing: Beijing renmin yinshuachang gonghui, n.d.), p. 39.
To the Qinghua University Work Team:
I am still a citizen of the People's Republic of China and I still enjoy the inviolable right of personal freedom!
But what now?
I step outside and you put me under surveillance!
I want to make a phone call and you will not let me!
Today I wanted to walk out the Xinzhai Gate and you would not let me!
I wanted to visit Qiangzhai and you would not let me! You even turned violent and there was bloodshed!
I wanted to go to the [Party] Center but you would not let me!
You want to break the law!? You want to blockade the Center?
No way! You will never succeed!