fredag 6. april 2018

Flowers Left on Grave of Mao's Widow Jiang Qing in Beijing

For decades after late supreme leader Mao Zedong ushered in 10 years of mayhem and bloodshed with his Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution, the ruling Chinese Communist Party banned any commemorations of its key figures or events, and public debate on the era was limited to the official line.

During the traditional grave-tending festival of Qing Ming in April, security guards would be posted at the grave of Mao's widow Jiang Qing, who along with the rest of the "Gang of Four," took much of the blame for the violence and turmoil of the Cultural Revolution (1966-1976).This year, under the potentially lifelong rule of President Xi Jinping, no such restrictions were in place.