Message Saluting Chairman Mao Tse-tung
Message Saluting Chairman Mao Tse-tung
Message Saluting Chairman Mao Tse-tung
Message Saluting Chairman Mao Tse-tung
From the Rally to Found and Celebrate the Peking Municipal Revolutionary Committee
Source: Peking Review, No. 18, April 28, 1967
Most respected and beloved great leader Chairman Mao:
In the midst of our great struggle against and vigorous criticism and repudiation of the top Party person in authority taking the capitalist road, we proletarian revolutionaries of the capital, with great elation, report to you, the reddest red sun in our hearts, the exciting news that the Peking Municipal Revolutionary Committee has been set up. This is another paean of victory for your brilliant thought soaring to the skies! This is another great victory for the proletarian revolutionary line you represent!
On this grandest festival of proletarian revolutionaries, we cheer and sing, in one voice from thousands of hearts: Long live Chairman Mao! A long, long life to Chairman Mao!
Chairman Mao! When we think back over the inspiring course of the Chinese revolution, words cannot express our boundless loyalty to you, neither song nor music is expressive enough to sing your praise, oceans are not vast enough to contain our boundless respect and love for you.
It is you who integrated Marxism-Leninism with the workers' movement, founded the great Chinese Communist Party, and creatively developed Marxism-Leninism.
It is you who lit the single spark on the Chingkang Mountains, and opened the way for the victory of the Chinese revolution.
It is you who commanded the Chinese Workers' and Peasants' Red Army in its successful world-famous 25.000-lt Long March across mountains and rivers.
It is you who ended the domination of the "Leftist" and Rightist opportunist lines in the Party and laid the foundation for the victory of the Chinese revolution at the Tsunyi Meeting which will go down for ever in the annals of history.
It is you who, from Yenan, the sacred heartland of the revolution, pointed the way forward in the Anti-Japanese War.
It is you who commanded the mighty forces of the people's army to march into Peking, bringing a new spring to that ancient capital.
It is you who hoisted the first five-star red flag on Tien An Men Square and founded our great people's republic.
In those long years of fighting and on those great revolutionary expeditions, you led us In overcoming difficulties and passing through fierce storms, to bring our calamity-ridden land out of darkness into light. Our country rose like a giant in the East, bringing the hope of victory to the people of the world. It rose above the horizon like the red sun. lighting the road to liberation for the proletariat and the oppressed nations of the world.
Chairman Mao! In order to guarantee that our socialist country will never change colour, you personally initiated and led the unprecedented great proletarian cultural revolution and are leading us in a new long march.
It is you who lifted the black curtain hiding the old Peking Municipal Committee of the Chinese Communist Party and the old Peking Municipal People's Council, thereby smashing the fond dream of restoring capitalism cherished by the handful of careerists hidden there.
It is you who personally decided to broadcast the contents of the first Marxist-Leninist big-character poster in the country, thus kindling the raging flames of the great proletarian cultural revolution.
It is you who presided over the drawing up of the "Decision of the Central Committee of the Chinese Communist Party Concerning the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution," thus proclaiming the bankruptcy of the bourgeois reactionary line and showing the correct direction for the great proletarian cultural revolution.
It is you who, with penetrating insight, discovered and enthusiastically supported the Red Guards movement that has shaken the world. Guided by your proletarian revolutionary line, the young Red Guards have performed immortal feats for the great proletarian cultural revolution.
It is you who reviewed in Peking more than ten million members of the great cultural revolutionary army from all parts of the country, a great new creation in the history of the international communist movement.
It is you who. in Peking, issued the order for the proletarian revolutionaries to forge the great alliance and seize power from the handful of Party people in authority taking the capitalist road, and thus pushed the great proletarian cultural revolution forward to a completely new stage.
It is you who have resolutely supported the proletarian revolutionaries in launching a general offensive against the top Party person in authority taking the capitalist road, thus sounding the bugle call for a new and mighty campaign in the great proletarian cultural revolution.
These moving scenes, these soul-stirring pictures present the magnificent prospect of the complete victory of the great proletarian cultural revolution, compose an ode to your brilliant thought, record the most gallant chapter in the history of the international communist movement ana open a new era in the history of mankind.
Respected and beloved Chairman Mao, you have taught us that "before a brand-new social system can be built on the site of the old, the site must first be swept clean." A handful of counter-revolutionary revisionists in the old Peking Municipal Party Committee and the old Peking Municipal People's Council, supported and protected by the top Party person in authority taking the capitalist road, turned Peking into a "water-tight and impenetrable" independent kingdom, in a vain attempt to change Peking into a base for restoring capitalism in our country. For more than a decade, they have been frantically engaged in criminal activities against the Party, socialism and Mao Tse-tung's thought. As eye-witnesses of their monstrous crimes, how could we not feel wrathful?! How could we not rebel?! How could we not seize power?! Cherishing the determination to defy death to defend you and the Party Central Committee and with immense hatred for the class enemy, we launched a fierce onslaught against the counter-revolutionary revisionist clique in the old Peking Municipal Party Committee and the old Poking Municipal People's Council. When we had just fired the first shot the top Party person in authority taking the capitalist road immediately set going the bourgeois reactionary line, vainly attempting to strangle the great proletarian cultural revolution right here in our great capital. To defend your illustrious thought and your proletarian revolutionary line, we have rebelled against the bourgeois reactionary line and have exposed the one who formulated this reactionary line, that Khrushchov of China. Guided by your proletarian revolutionary line, we have broken through all kinds of resistance, swept aside all kinds of obstacles and have categorically determined resolutely and thoroughly to smash the counter-revolutionary revisionist line of the old Peking Municipal Party Committee and the old Peking Municipal People's Council, and resolutely and thoroughly to criticize and repudiate the top Party person in authority taking the capitalist road and throw him into the dust-bin of history! We are determined to integrate the criticism and repudiation of the top Party person in authority taking the capitalist road with the struggle to smash completely the counter-revolutionary revisionist clique of the old Peking Municipal Committee of the Party and the old Peking Municipal People's Council. We are also determined to integrate this criticism and repudiation with the task of struggling (against and overthrowing those persons in authority taking the capitalist road), criticizing and repudiating (the reactionary bourgeois academic "authorities'' and the ideology of the bourgeoisie and all other exploiting classes) and transforming (education, literature and art and all other parts of the superstructure that do not correspond to the socialist economic base) in our own departments, so as to chop off the sinister tentacles, which the top Party person in authority taking the capitalist road stretched into every sphere!
Respected and beloved Chairman Mao! You have taught us: "All reactionary forces on the verge of extinction invariably conduct a last desperate struggle against the revolutionary forces." The handful of Party people in authority taking the capitalist road have not given up yet and are making a futile attempt to reverse the verdict passed on them. They arc not resigned to their defeat and arc launching vengeful counterattacks, thus stirring up an adverse current aimed at a capitalist restoration. Their chief boss behind the scenes is the top Party person in authority taking the capitalist road. We shall keep in mind your teachings: "With power and to spare we must pursue the tottering foe and not ape Hsiang Yu the conqueror seeking idle fame." Holding high the great red banner of your illustrious thought, we shall launch a general offensive against the top Party person in authority taking the capitalist road and penetratingly criticize, thoroughly repudiate and completely discredit the bourgeois reactionary line he represents together with his book on "self-cultivation" of Communists, a big poisonous weed, which he has painstakingly manufactured. We shall refute, overthrow and completely discredit the handful of Party people in authority taking the capitalist road; we shall completely smash the adverse current aimed at a restoration of capitalism; we shall firmly fulfil the great historic mission with which you have entrusted us, namely, first, to struggle (against and overthrow those persons in authority taking the capitalist road), second, to criticize and repudiate (the reactionary bourgeois academic "authorities" and the ideology of the bourgeoisie and all other exploiting classes), and third, to transform (education, literature and art and all other parts of the superstructure not in correspondence with the socialist economic base); and we shall unswervingly carry the great proletarian cultural revolution through to the end!
Respected and beloved Chairman Mao! "Take firm hold of the revolution and promote production" is a great policy advanced by you. We shall certainly carry it out to the letter. We shall certainly place the revolution in the first place, put the revolution in command of production and energetically grasp the revolution and vigorously promote production, thus sparking off a new upsurge in building socialism with greater, faster, better and more economical results, and winning certain victory in both revolution and production!
Respected and beloved Chairman Mao! We shall resolutely carry out and defend the policy of the revolutionary "three-in-one" combination you have advanced. In the course of the struggle to thoroughly criticize and repudiate the top Party person in authority taking the capitalist road as well as his bourgeois reactionary line on the question of cadres, that of "hitting hard at many in order to protect a handful." we shall hasten the formation of the great alliance of proletarian revolutionaries and realize the revolutionary "three-in-one" combination. We shall resolutely smash the plot of the handful of Party people in authority taking the capitalist road, who, masquerading as revolutionaries, are making vain attempts to worm their way into the revolutionary "three-in-one" provisional organs of power and carry out activities aimed at a counter-revolutionary restoration. We shall not fail to make a good job of seizing power, handling power and exercising power.
At the crucial moment in the decisive battle between the proletariat and the bourgeoisie, you issued the militant call to the Chinese People's Liberation Army that it should actively support the broad masses of the Left This manifests your deepest solicitude and very great support for us. The People's Liberation Army is a proletarian revolutionary army built by you personally and led directly by Comrade Lin Piao. It is the main pillar of the dictatorship of the proletariat. We must determinedly smash the plot of the class enemy to direct the spearhead of its attack against the Chinese People's Liberation Army. We are resolved to earnestly learn from the Liberation Army, unite with it and fight alongside it, make great efforts to strengthen the dictatorship of the proletariat, resolutely suppress all the class enemy's disruptive and sabotage activities and build the people's capital as firm as rock and as strong as steel.
Chairman Mao! You are our supreme commander and our most brilliant helmsman. We will always follow you in making revolution and in marching forward valiantly through great storms! We will rebel against whoever dares to oppose you, defame your illustrious thought and oppose your proletarian revolutionary line, we will overthrow him and never allow him to rise again!
Respected and beloved Chairman Mao, we vow to you: We will always study your writings, follow your teachings, act according to your instructions and be your good fighters. We will study the "three constantly read articles," and On Correcting Mistaken ideas in the Party, Combat Liberalism, and others of your brilliant writings as maxims, make revolution in the depths of our being by destroying self-interest and fostering devotion to the public interest and make energetic efforts to seize power from the "selfishness" in our minds. We will firmly adhere to your teachings and carry out rectification campaigns while we engage in struggle. We will energetically oppose anarchism and thoroughly overcome the mountain-stronghold mentality, the small group mentality, sectarianism, ultra-democracy and disregard of organizational discipline. We will strengthen the proletarian revolutionary spirit, scientific approach and sense of organization and discipline, establish the proletarian revolutionary new order, consolidate the great alliance of the proletarian revolutionaries and build our ranks into an extremely proletarianized and extremely militant army.
Peking is the capital of our great motherland and is the hope and beacon of the world's revolutionary people. Under your wise leadership, we proletarian revolutionaries in the capital, full of confidence and high spirits, will assuredly build Peking into the reddest of proletarian revolutionary cities, always shining with the splendour of Mao Tse-tung's thought, and into the red socialist bulwark standing four-square against imperialism and revisionism of the world.
We most heartily wish a long. long life to you, the very red sun that shines most brightly in our hearts!
Rally Held to Found and Celebrate the Peking Municipal Revolutionary Committee
April 20, 1967
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