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What of the Ring leaders, Chinese Ask About Cultural Revolution Case

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发表于 2013-2-21 18:38:18 | 显示全部楼层 |阅读模式
BEIJING — It’s reminiscent, perhaps, of the trials of people accused of Nazi-era crimes, a John Demjanjuk, or a Samuel K.: in China this week, a man was tried for murdering a doctor during the Cultural Revolution, the China News Service reported.
) ^" d) ]) D( R$ K. U$ D5 d$ qA rare episode of justice for a neglected era? Judging by a discussion on China’s biggest microblog, Sina Weibo, ordinary people don’t necessarily see it just that way; rather, some are angry that a little guy, and not the masterminds of the violence, is being punished. What about the “ringleaders,” chief among them Mao Zedong, they are saying, often obliquely?% N+ c$ Z  b& _1 K4 Q% a- |7 g
According to the report, which was widely disseminated online via news aggregators and other sites, the defendant at the rare trial this week, in Ruian in Zhejiang province, was a 80-plus-year-old man identified only as Mr. Qiu. He strangled a Mr. Hong with a rope in 1967, on the orders of a civilian militia, which suspected Mr. Hong of spying for a rival militia, the report said. Mr. Qiu had been on the run for decades and was arrested last July.
) {5 [2 _0 r+ c2 x(For an English-language account, see this article in the South China Morning Post, which may be behind a paywall.)4 o. v4 z& y' j. _# Y; w4 ?4 N
After the killing Mr. Qiu cut off Mr. Hong’s lower legs with a shovel “to make it easier to bury him,” and then he buried him, the report said.
  Q7 [* T% x2 H3 S0 a; @Violence was common during the era: yesterday, I examined this painful time in a Letter from China and Rendezvous post about Ping Fu, the businesswoman who wrote a controversial memoir.
, r" t9 ~7 D# d& Y. O4 z5 PAs I wrote in my Letter, to this day, the state tightly controls discussion about the era – when many got away with, literally, murder.
2 z# }, B' g; V8 N# V# N“Have the main culprits who started the Cultural Revolution been punished?” asked a person with the handle Sansu dage, who added an angry red face to the posting.
/ {2 }1 i3 M; e“Actually, the biggest criminals of the Cultural Revolution have not been held responsible,” wrote a person with the handle Keji huangdan menwei chuangxin. “To pursue an ordinary criminal, decades later, is absurd.”
8 O0 H; u) w* g$ G2 }A_Jing wrote: “There should be mandatory courses in universities to talk clearly about the crimes against humanity during the Cultural Revolution!”: l& ~; i/ `/ A& J8 d) I5 u
Wrote another: “All the cases from the Cultural Revolution should be tried.”
( d- `- p( _% Z2 x- R& ?1 K2 GThat’s extremely unlikely. A few key players were tried beginning in 1980, when Jiang Qing, Mao Zedong’s wife, and other members of the Gang of Four received lengthy sentences.& B- P( a0 ~9 M! ?
Yet, “I was Chairman Mao’s dog,” Ms. Jiang said in her defense. “Whomever he told me to bite, I bit.”' V; _3 L6 T% `4 l- |

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