"They (the leaders) are still using Mao's class struggle method to attack rights activists and lawyers -- his shadow lingers on," said Gao Yu, a veteran journalist jailed for seven years for writing about sensitive political issues.
China's leaders today forbid criticism of Mao's legacy, fearing public debate will lead to scrutiny of the current regime and threaten its survival, analysts say.
"They are holding onto Mao's corpse and no one is allowed to speak freely about him... otherwise it would be the end (of the regime)," Gao said.
Mao's myth continues to be propagated to legitimize the sovereignty of the regime, said Wu Guoguang, a former aide of late reformist leader Zhao Ziyang" (more)
But all is not lost--kudos to the Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party for exposing the CCP’s shocking uncensored history which has spread far and wide in China today. So far 13 million Chinese people reacting to this truth have quit the Party. While the dictators are making some headway with cleaning up the undesirables before the 2008 Olympics, one can only wonder how many more Mao worshipers will follow suit. With the red wall slowly crumbling down, the dictators can no longer divorce themselves from their own miserable gory history of bloodlust and merciless killings leaving them to feel threatened and haunted by their own shadows. I’m sure this is enough to have Chairman Mao turn in his grave while others are digging their own.
“Mao-backed movements like the Great Leap Forward -- a disastrous attempt at speedy industrialization -- and the 1966-76 Cultural Revolution -- a desperate means he used to hold on to power -- led to tens of millions of deaths.
"When you talk about Mao, you cannot avoid mentioning the Cultural Revolution -- you cannot avoid the fact that tens of millions of people were starved to death," said Li Datong, a veteran Chinese journalist." (more)