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March 6, 2013 12:05 PM

Murder trial raises questions of Mao’s role in China’s Cultural Revolution

Kidnapped by a local militia in 1967, a time when Red Guard factions terrorized much of the nation, Hong Yunke was accused of being a spy and a landlord, and was executed. When reports surfaced that a man had stood trial just last month on charges of murdering Hong, some Chinese wondered aloud about the fairness of punishing an elderly man when the leader responsible for fanning the flames of the Cultural Revolution _ Mao Zedong _ is still officially revered.

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