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. True, this cannot be condoned, but one should give Mao some credit for helping the peasants to overthrow a suffocating bureaucracy.