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Mao poster ripped at Chinese event

world Updated: Dec 27, 2012 02:41 IST
Sutirtho Patranobis

A man ripped a part of a banner commemorating late Communist Party of China (CPC) supreme leader Mao Zedong during a function in Beijing earlier this week to mark his 119th birthday.

Mao was born on December 26 and functions were held across China in his honour through the week. Reports said people had gathered at a park in Beijing and were singing Red Songs - songs from the era of Mao - when the man, yet to be identified, picked up a poster and tore it up.

"An employee at Jingshan Park in Beijing confirmed with the Global Times Tuesday that during Sunday's "red song" gatherings, a memorial banner to Mao was ripped up by a man who disagreed with celebrating Mao's memory," the state-run newspaper said in a report.

The man wasn't identified but it appears that he did not agree with Mao's ideology and was against his birthday being celebrated.

"Despite the high spirits of the patriotic groups, the ceremonies are not held in esteem by many who say Mao was responsible for tragedies such as the Great Leap Forward (1958-60) and the Cultural Revolution (1966-76)," the newspaper said.

Millions of Chinese were affected, and many had died, during Mao's twin programmes of the Leap Forward and Cultural Revolution.