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

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irresponsibly. Anyone who violates these rules should immediately be dealt with severely! The broad revolutionary masses are to self- consciously respect and maintain order in traffic, maintain social order, and aid the departments concerned in strengthening market controls and in clamping down on profiteering and other illegal activities.

7. We hope that revolutionary rebel organizations in all sectors will formulate concrete proposals and measures according to the prevailing concrete circumstances, as well as engage in extensive propaganda.

Proposing units: Shanghai Workers Revolutionary Rebel General Headquarters

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30 January 1967


46 "Let Us Celebrate a 'Proletarian Cultural Revolution Holiday'"

Beijing No. 1 Middle School Red Guards

Source: This is a translation of a crudely stenciled proposal on yellow paper picked up by a Swedish diplomat in the streets of Beijing in late August 1966. A copy of this document is reproduced in Red Guard Publications ( Washington, D.C.: Center for Chinese Research Materials, 1975), Vol. 19, p. 6100.


PROPOSAL

First of all, we propose turning this great day of "August 18th" into a "Proletarian Cultural Revolution Holiday" during which, in years to come, there will be gatherings and parades to commemorate and celebrate.

The Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution aims at destroying on a massive scale all old ideas, old culture, old customs, and old habits; it aims at reforming all superstructures not suited to the socialist economic base.

We think that a number of our present "holidays" such as the Spring

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