China's Cultural Revolution, 1966-1969: Not a Dinner Party

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Cultural Revolution Committee and made my attitude clear." Soon after that, Bei Guancheng was dragged off by us to the roof of Building No. 5 to be given a beating. I said we should not beat him, but student X X X said that teacher X X X (leader of the Red Guards and a member of the Cultural Revolution Committee) had said: "You just go ahead and beat him up. Even if you kill him, you won't be held responsible." Words like that actually gave us the courage, ordering us to go and beat him, which is what we did next. In the course of the beating, student X X X tried to force Bei Guancheng to commit suicide by jumping off the roof, but I pleaded with him, "What if he commits suicide and drags you with him? You'd die too." Because I said that, students X X X and X X X no longer tried to force him to commit suicide by jumping off the roof Then later quite a few students who had attended a city district Red Guard Company meeting returned to beat him up. I pleaded with X X X not to let teacher Bei return home, as I was convinced if allowed to return home, he would commit suicide. That is all I witnessed, and as for what happened later I don't know. Nobody came forward to try and stop the beating. That's what happened.

There is a mountain of hard evidence, and Wang Xingguo will not escape responsibility for her crimes!

Bei Guancheng was a revolutionary comrade and not a counterrevolutionary!

It was Wang Xingguo who hounded Bei Guancheng to death!


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Chinese Molestation of Diplomats

Lennart Petri

Source: This is a translation of "Kinesiska övergrepp mot diplomater," a note to the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs from the Swedish ambassador to China, Lennart Petri. The original note is in the Ministry Archives (File HP 1 XK: Ink UD 5/6 1967, 204).

Peking, 29 May 1967

Colleague,
From mid-July to New Year's Eve 1966 the Dutch chargé d'affaires

-169-

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