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RED GUARDS In the summer of 1966 there was a new effort on the part of the head leaders in China to further control the actions and thoughts of the people in China The Red Guards were the force to do it all A group of kids who mostly in their teens and some in college were put into this gang This so-called military force was called the Red Guards Groups of these Red Guards traveled from the large cities all the way to empty country sides They held huge demonstrations at every stop Their main goal was to eliminate as many as possible of the customs and traditional thoughts of the old China They participated in Long Marches and other activities The man they looked up to most was a person by the name of Mao They carried huge portraits of him and also carried banners and flags Many people in the group beat on gongs and drums Some observers said it looked more like a circus then a political demonstration They did a lot of things that many thought were outrageous At one point they raced widely through Peking denouncing anyone who was in a business They even made a demand to change the meaning of the colors in a stop light According to the Red Guards that because the color of communism is red that you should go on red and stop on green When the Red Guards added students from another school or workers from another factory they decorated the entrance with purple paper lanterns and a red cloth covered with flowers People who did not agree with Mao Tse-tung and his teachings were often dragged through the streets and forced to wear dunce caps The main reason of course was to humiliate This group in
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