Red Guards

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Red Guards

"Chairman Mao has defined our future as an armed revolutionary youth organization...So if Chairman Mao is our Red-Commander-in-Chief and we are his Red soldiers, who can stop us? First we will make China red from inside out and then we will help the working people of other countries make the world red...And then the whole universe.

The Red Guards were a movement made by young people apart of the People's Republic of China. Their motivation was Mao Zedong in 1966-67 during the Cultural Revolution.

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Red Guards

In the beginning Mao publicized the work of the red guards. He wanted them to become more popular and appealing to the public. They held rallies and the red guard leaders prepared speeches. They wore red bands around their arms. Some travelled from afar to attend the rallies. The beginning of the red guards was trial and error. The Cultural Revolution Group fired up the Red Guards and they started by attacking what is called the "Four Olds". They destroyed old books and art, renamed streets with more "revolutionary" names, they replaced everything with pictures or quotes from Mao. Famous structures and sites in Beijing were attacked. The "Four Olds" weren't the only things attacked, people as well were attack brutally which abused the rules given by the "Sixteen Articles." They attacked many autority figures in their lives that they had seen as a threat to Mao.

The Red Guards can be compared to the German Brown Shirts. The brown shirts were much like the Red Guards because they we're extreamly violent and would beat people who they had seen as a threat or wasn't right in their eyes.

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Cultural Revolution

Note: The Red Guards we're rebellious teenagers.



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