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The chaos still haunting China

Mao's Cultural Revolution ended over 40 years ago, but for the country's leaders fear of the darkness it released still justifies their authoritarian control

By Rana Mitter   June 2016

Prisoners in Red Guard Square on 12th September 1966. The placards round their necks accuse them of being counter-revolutionaries ©Li Zhensheng/Contact Press images from "Red colour news soldier" (Phaedon, 2003)

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