The Cultural Revolution through my eyes
When Civil War broke out, the ‘Lian Zi” (Government & Army) surrounded the “422” (Workers), and took back their weapons and ammunition. However, the Guangxi people all supported the “ 422 ” who remained very powerful.
On the 24th August 1967, Zhou Enlai of the Chinese Communist Party declared: We support the “422”. At that time there were many Insurrectionist Factions in China all vying for power. In mid-July 1968, the heads of all the Provinces Insurrectionist Factions, who were similar to the ‘422’ (Workers), had a meeting in Beijing. It was called the ‘Bei Hang Black Meeting’. They banded together and pledged mutual loyalty and support.
Mao was very astounded when he learned of this and became very worried. So he made a decision: abandon the Insurrectionist Factions. They were now threatening his hold on power. Mao came out and openly supported the Army & Government. This caused major rifts in the Workers Insurrectionist Parties as many members and leaders, sniffing the wind, changed allegiance to the Army & Government; ninety five percent of the Insurrectionist Workers Factions split. In just Guangxi and Guangdong the ‘422’ did not split and remained strong. Mao incited Wei Guoqing, who is Guangxi ‘Lian Zi” faction leader, to crackdown on the “422” faction. The Guangxi “422”faction was overwhelmed, with much blood shed.
We don’t know how many people died in this time. After Cultural Revolution, unreliable statistics by the government showed that in July to August 1968, in Guangxi, there were at least 84,000 people killed.
Extreme and barbarically cruel things were used to kill people. Stomachs were cut open and the livers eaten of the people they had killed. I don’t want talk about this any more.
But, we need to remember this and don’t let this thing happen again.
In summer 1968, Mao called in the five leaders of the Hong Wei Bing. At that time the Hong Wei Bing were small factions of students within the larger factions. Mao took away the power of the Hong Wei Bing. He told the leaders that the Hong Wei Bing had to "leave China’s history", effectively stripping them of power.
Mao was once again holding all power in China.
Now the Civil War was over, the government started to pay attention to people who, like my father, were regarded as counter-revolutionaries. So my family had trouble again.