No More Chinese Communist Party

August 27, 2010

McClatchy: 4 decades later, China still isn’t discussing Cultural Revolution

Read more: http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2010/08/24/99595/4-decades-later-china-still-isnt.html#ixzz0xr3w3XEW

BEIJING — The schoolgirls slapped and punched their vice principal, then grabbed table legs with protruding nails and beat her unconscious. Bian Zhongyun was left slumped in a garbage cart in the Beijing high school’s courtyard. She’d urinated and defecated on herself, and died with blood and spit drooling from her mouth.

On that afternoon in August 1966, Bian became an early murder victim of the Cultural Revolution, a movement that would leave millions of Chinese dead, injured or mentally broken in the decade that followed.

Although 44 years have passed since the “Red August” that unleashed the floodgates of violence in the capital and across the nation, there’s never been a complete public accounting in China about what happened. Bian’s killers have yet to be named.

“Even after all these decades, their crimes are still being covered up,” said Wang Jingyao, 89, Bian’s widower. Wang has kept the bloody, soiled clothes that Bian wore the day she was killed. He wants to know who killed his wife.

“But it’s very difficult to find out in China,” he said.

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