Fifty years on, one of Mao’s ‘little generals’ exposes horror of the Cultural Revolution

In the face of silence from the Communist party, a former Red Guard has written a blog about the bloody summer of ’66

Thousands of teenage hands rocketed skywards as the Great Helmsman stepped down from the rostrum in Tiananmen Square to greet the shock troops of his revolution. It was the summer of 1966 and Mao’s Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution – a catastrophic political convulsion that would catapult China into a decade of heartbreak, humiliation and deadly violence – was under way.