Renmin Ribao editorial, August 23, 1966
We hail the proletarian revolutionary rebel spirit of the young
"Red Guard" fighters of Peking!
Chairman Mao has said: "In the last analysis, all the
truths of Marxism can be summed up in one sentence: 'To rebel is
"The Golden Monkey wrathfully swung his massive cudgel,
And the jade-like firmament was cleared of dust."
With Mao Tse-tung's thought as their weapon, the young
"Red Guard" fighters are sweeping away the dust of all
the old ideas, culture, customs and habits of the exploiting
Peking has been liberated for 17 years. But, as a result of
prolonged control and repression by the revisionist former
Peking municipal Party committee, the names of many places and
shops and quite a few outworn customs and bad habits in the
service trades are still emitting a rotten feudal and capitalist
odour and poisoning people's souls. The broad masses of the
revolutionary people can no longer tolerate this.
Where the broom does not reach, the dust will not vanish of
itself. Tens of thousands of "Red Guards" have wielded
iron brooms and within the short space of a few days have swept
away many names and customs and habits representing the ideology
of the exploiting classes.
This is a revolutionary action to destroy the old and establish
the new. New names, new customs and new habits glittering with
the proletarian revolutionary spirit, have added boundless glory
to our great capital, the centre of the proletarian
Revolutionary signs and inscriptions are everywhere. Everywhere
there are revolutionary words and songs. Every street, every
store and every trade must become a school for the study of Mao
Tse-tung's thought and a centre for the dissemination,
implementation and defence of Mao Tse-tung's thought. Mao
Tse-tung's thought is illuminating every corner.
This is a great event which lifts up our hearts; a joyous event
which fills our hearts with a great happiness.
The revolutionary spirit of the "Red Guards" will
enable our country and people to preserve their revolutionary
youth for ever.
The revolutionary action of the "Red Guards" is a
mighty torrent that cannot be stayed by any old conservative
The proletarian revolutionary rebel spirit of the "Red
Guards" is very good indeed!
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