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Throwing Paint On Mao: William F. Buckley in 1989


Take a moment this month to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre with a spot-written piece by National Review’s founder.

William F. Buckley describes the paint-bombing of a Mao portrait many cubits in area:

The report was published that three men had defaced the picture, splattering paint on it. But this act had not been done by protesting students. On the contrary, they were outraged by it. Within a matter of hours, a fresh picture of the Great Helmsman was back up there, and students who were representative of the demonstrators went so far as to allege that those who had thrown paint over the face of the great man had been agents provocateurs, put up to it by Li Peng, to document the ultimate blasphemy of the demonstrators. Several students were quoted lamenting the deed and praising Mao Tse-tung, who, after all, as one of them put it, “liberated our country.”

Full June 30, 1989 article by W.F. Buckley.

Tiananmen slideshow.

Tags: China , History


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