Decision to Provide the Revolutionary Masses of the Left with the Firm Support of the People's Liberation Army
CCP Center, State Council, Central Military Commission, and Central Cultural Revolution Group
Source: This decision ("Guanyu renmin jiefangjun jianjue zhichi geming zuopai qunzhong de jueding") was announced on 23 January 1967 in Central Document Zhongfa [ 1967] 27. Our translation is based on the text in CCP Central Committee General Office and General State Council Office Joint Cultural Revolution Reception Office , ed., Wuchanjieji wenhua dageming youguan wenjian huiji ( Collection of Documents Concerning the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution), 5 vols. ( Beijing, 1967-68), Vol. 1, pp. 64-68.
To all Central Committee Regional Bureaus, all military regions, all provincial, municipal, and autonomous regional Party Committees and People's Councils and, through them, to the Party Committees and People's Councils at various levels and the military districts and military subdistricts:
Under the leadership of Chairman Mao, the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution has entered a new stage. The main characteristic of this stage is that the proletarian revolutionaries have formed great alliances to seize power from the handful of Party-persons in power taking the capitalist road and the diehard-elements clinging to the bourgeois reactionary line. This struggle to seize power is a general counter-attack of the proletariat against the frantic attacks over the last seventeen years by the bourgeoisie and its agents within the Party. This is a nationwide, all-round class struggle and a great revolution in which one class overthrows another.
The People's Liberation Army is a proletarian revolutionary army personally created by Chairman Mao. It is a most vital tool of the proletarian dictatorship. In this great struggle of the proletariat to seize power from the bourgeoisie, the People's Liberation Army must firmly take the side of the proletarian revolutionaries and resolutely support and help the proletarian revolutionary Leftists.
Recently, Chairman Mao directed: The People's Liberation Army