all the (counter-revolutionary) targets were ordered to kneel and kowtow to a huge portrait of Mao at the back of the platform

…all the (counter-revolutionary) targets were ordered to kneel and kowtow to a huge portrait of Mao at the back of the platform. While the others did as they were told, my father refused. He said that kneeling and kowtowing were undignified feudal practices which the Communists were committed to eliminating. The Rebels screamed, kicked his knees, and struck him on the head, but he struggled to stand upright. “I will not kneel! I will not kowtow!! he said furiously . . . “I have committed no crime. I will not bend my head!” . . . Several large men jumped on him to try and force him down, but as soon as they let go he stood straight up, raised his head, and stared defiantly at the audience . . . the hysterical crowd screamed that he was “anti-Cultural Revolution . . . ”

Jung Chang, Wild Swans, 1992, Flamingo, London, pp. 439–40

 

 

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