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Former Red Guard apologises

Statesman News Service |

press trust of india
Beijing, 21 JUNE: In a rare apology, a former member of the dreaded Red Guards, found by Mao Zedong in China, has sought public forgiveness for his ‘evil deeds’ during the decade-long Cultural Revolution.
“The chaos of the Cultural Revolution (1966-76) was not an excuse for my own evil deeds; this is the painful result of reflections from the autumn of my life,” reads an apology printed in a recent issue of the Chinese magazine ‘Yanhuang Chunqiu’.
“This has been a rock in my heart for years,” said Liu Boqin, 61, a retired official in Ji’nan, Shandong Province, who paid for an advertisement to print the apology despite huge family pressure who believed the public might view him as a
villain.
He was expressing remorse for the violence he committed when he was 14, against teachers and classmates as a Red Guard, a report in state-run Global Times said today.
Liu’s apology quickly stirred up complex national memories, 37 years after a dark era of Chinese history, and drew massive compliments for his courage and humanity.
Red Guards were a mass of paramilitary social movement of young people to enforce communism in the country to eliminate capitalists and to impose Maoist ideology within the Chinese Communist Party.