It wiped out over half of the country's elite. Several Qingdao Subway Map million professional people, administrators, managers, petty officials, scientists, academics, school teachers Qingdao Subway Map, anyone who held a position of authority, and those who had capitalist or bourgeois sentiments, were generally imprisoned, persecuted or killed under counter-revolutionary' charges.
The Red Guards were given official blessing to tear down the old system, get rid of the country's past, and clear a space for a new future. They did it by terror and destruction for eleven years.
This was the Dane's case.
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True, this cannot be condoned, but one should give Mao some credit for helping the peasants to overthrow a suffocating bureaucracy.