(From Reuters)

China must learn from the tumultuous, decade-long Cultural Revolution and never allow such an event to happen again, the ruling Communist Party’s official People’s Daily said on the movement’s anniversary.

Youths stage a rally during the height of the Red Guard upheaval waving copies of the collected writings of Mao Zedong in this 1966 file photo

Monday marked the 50th anniversary of the start of the Cultural Revolution, but there were no official commemorations and no signs the party plans to loosen its tight grip over the historical narrative of one of its most damaging episodes.

“We must never forget to draw lessons from the ‘Cultural Revolution’,” the newspaper said in an opinion piece on Tuesday, in a rare public mention of the 1966-1976 period when Mao Zedong declared class war, plunging China into chaos and violence.

“We cannot and will not allow a repeat performance of an error like the ‘Cultural Revolution’,” it added. Read More

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