China Cracks Down on Maoists

Leftist revival halted after top party official fired
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 21, 2012 5:00 AM CDT

(Newser) – The Chinese Communist Party is cracking down on people who are a little too enthusiastic about the man who led it to power in 1949. The firing of Chongqing party chief Bo Xilai, who led a Maoist revival, has been followed by a purge of websites promoting Mao Zedong-era songs and stories, along with ultra-leftist ideals. In Chongqing, music has been banned from a park where retirees used to wave red flags and sing patriotic anthems, reports the Los Angeles Times.

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Analysts see the firing of the charismatic Bo and the crackdown on the revival he led as a rejection of individualistic politics, notes the Wall Street Journal. China's leadership may also have been worried about the movement's opposition to privatization of the economy and other Western-style reforms. "The government is really more worried about the leftists than the pro-Western activists because they are against the reform and opening up," an activist in Guangdong province says. (Read more China stories.)

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