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Founder of today’s China killed 45 million of his own people

(, Sep05, 2010)  Recently declassified Chinese Communist Party archives show that the Great Helmsman, Chairman Mao Tsetung's regime cased the greatest "man-made famine" the world has ever seen, reported the ANI news service Sep 3, citing a new publication from Hong Kong. Mao's Great Famine, by Frank Dikotter, Professor of Humanities at the University of Hong Kong, is reported to show that 45 million Chinese people were killed between 1958 and 1961.

Chinese propaganda posters of the late 1950s show smiling young workers marching jubilantly towards unity under the benevolent Great Leader. However, the historian is cited as saying, the reality was that workers were more likely to be found lying dead in the gutters of rundown towns or falling, weak from starvation, in the paddy fields. All around would be the stomach-churning signs of neglect, food shortages and death dealing poverty. People often risked their lives stealing grain from the fields.

The newly opened party archives are reported to show that starvation drove some peasants to actually eat the earth itself before dying. Many houses in the smaller towns were pulled down to provide building materials, with their former occupants forcibly herded into collectives, or, worse, left to live wild. Some of the elderly workers, too frail to keep up with unrealistic production quotas, were put on slow starvation diets.

The book is cited as saying Chairman Mao, who is revered by the current regime with his portrait hanging on the Tiananmen Square, was not the warm father of his people, but a foul, heartless dictator, who had thrown his country into frenzy.

And while the ordinary people of China fell into the depths of hell, corruption was reported to be rampant at every level of Chinese society – from those in Chairman Mao's own coterie (all of whom lived a luxurious life) right down to the small local officials. For example, in a town just outside Beijing, the head of a retirement home systematically stole food and clothes earmarked for the elderly, condemning them to a winter without warmth or padded jackets. Most were said to have died as soon as the frosts appeared and their bodies were left unburied for over a week.

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