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More than 500,000 people labeled as counter-revolutionaries were slaughtered by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) from February to May, 1951, almost doubling the number of victims killed by the Japanese in the Nanking Massacre.
At that time, the CCP had custody of 1,107 Japanese war criminals. Even though the suffering each of these war criminals brought to the Chinese people was unprecedented, they received good treatment at the war criminal management center and, a few years later, returned to their home country when they were specially pardoned.
Why were those so-called counter-revolutionaries killed? After the People’s Liberation Army liberated Guizhou Province and before the CCP took power, 81 county heads in Guizhou Province were arrested, then released. A few of them were even assigned jobs. The majority of them received settlements one way or another. However, during the flurry of killing in the campaign against counter-revoluationaries, they were all executed! Were their crimes even bigger than those of Japanese war criminals? What was the rush in putting people on death row?
After the Tongcheng County government of Anhui Province decided to kill 16 counter-revolutionaries, they filed an application with the Anqing Prefectural Party Committee. The Anqing Prefectural Party Committee rejected and returned the application to Tongcheng County government. When the county’s public security bureau received the returned document, they took it for granted that the application had been granted. Without even opening the envelope and reading its contents, they took the 16 to an execution ground and had them executed. Of the 16, there were five security chiefs, four district branch members of the Three People’s Principles Youth League, three military policemen, two shrine owners of the I-Kuan Tao religious group and six landlords. None of the 16 had previously killed or raped anyone. An investigation afterward revealed that 11 of them were not even qualified for arrest and should have been released right away. Several of the landlords were executed together with their wives and girlfriends. Among those innocents who were wrongfully executed, many had been secret supporters of the Communists under the Kuomintang who risked their lives in devotion to Mao Zedong. But they were massacred by the demon!
During the public memorial service of the Nanking Massacre, we must not forget to also put Mao Zedong on trial, the murderer in an even more atrocious massacre than the Nanking Massacre.