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 We Firmly Stand by the Arab People: Mass Demonstrations in Peking and Other Cities

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We Firmly Stand by the Arab People: Mass Demonstrations in Peking and Other Cities


Source: Peking Review, No. 25, June 16, 1967
Transcribed by www.wengewang.org

    FOR three days beginning from June 7, revolutionary masses in Peking and other cities poured into the streets to demonstrate support for the Arab people's just struggle against aggression by U.S. imperialism and Israel. In the capital alone, more than 1.2 million people took part in demonstrations.  They came from factories, government offices, schools and universities and from rural people's communes outside the city proper. From morn till dusk, procession after long procession of demonstrators streamed to the embassies of the Arab countries and to the Mission of the Palestine Liberation Organization to express the staunch support of the Chinese people for the 100 million A rata fitting the U.S.-Israeli aggression. They pledged to stand by the Arab people no matter what and to support their struggle to the finish.
   Holding aloft portraits of our great leader Chairman Mao and carrying red banners, placards, cartoons and the red-covered Quotations From Chairman Mao Tse-tung, revolutionary workers, cadres, Red Guards and revolutionary students and teachers marched through the streets in angry protest over the armed aggression against the Arab countries by U.S. imperialism and its stooge Israel. When they reached the Arab embassies, the protesters stood at attention and in one voice repeated the teaching of the great leader Chairman Mao: "AH reactionaries are paper tigers. In appearance, the reactionaries are terrifying, but in reality they are not so powerful. From a long-term point of view, it is not the reactionaries but the people who are really powerful." The great thought of Mao Tse-tung is the sharpest weapon with which Peking's proletarian revolutionaries support the Arab people in their struggle against U.S.-Israeli banditry.
   Rain failed to dampen the ardour of the protest marchers. Three hundred thousand turned out to show their solidarity with the Arab people on the first day. Huge phalanxes of demonstrators converged on the eastern section of the city and then headed for the embassies of the United Arab Republic, Syria. Iraq. Yemen, Algeria, Morocco and the Mission of the Palestine Liberation Organization where they staged a stirring demonstration in support of the Arab cause.
   The demonstrators vehemently condemned the ruling Soviet revisionist clique's treachery in working hand in glove with U.S. imperialism and putting forward a "ceasefire" proposal in the United Nations to compel the Arab countries to cease resistance. Contingent after contingent massed in front of the Office of the British Charge d'Affaires to protest the criminal part British imperialism was playing in the U.S.-Israeli aggression on the Arab countries as well as against the fascist atrocities it had committed against their compatriots in Hongkong. Down with U.S. imperialism! Down with Israel, the stooge of U.S. imperialism! Down with British imperialism! Down with Soviet modern revisionism! These militant slogans resounded through Peking.
   Letters of support were presented by groups of Red Guards to the U.A.R. and other Arab embassies. These expressed the strong belief that the 700 million Chinese people and the Red Guards, armed with the invincible thought of Mao Tse-tung, provide powerful backing for the Arab people, always stand with the 100 million heroic Arab people and unflinchingly support the Arab people's struggle against aggression.
   On receiving these letters, U.A.R. Ambassador Imam, in the name of the 100 million Arab people and every fighter, thanked the Chinese people for their all-out support to the Arab people. We are, he declared, not 100 million Arab people but 800 million Arab and Chinese people.
   Syrian Charge d'Affaires Farah said that the struggle to crush U.S. and British imperialism and their tool Israel is not just the cause of the Arab people, it is also the cause of the Chinese people and the cause of all progressive mankind. The Arab people's struggle is linked with the struggle of the Chinese people to liberate Taiwan. We fight alongside all in the world who oppose imperialism and, he added, with the support of the world's progressive people headed by the Chinese People's Republic, we are confident that we shall finally smash U.S. and British imperialism and all the forces of imperialism on earth.
   Rashid Said Gerbou, Head of the Mission of the Palestine Liberation Organization in Peking, declared that the Chinese people's support has strengthened the Arab people's confidence in struggle. The people of Palestine and all the Arab people would continue their study of Chairman Mao's works. "We are convinced," said Gerbou, "that Chairman Mao's works are the most powerful weapon in the fight against imperialism and Zionism. The Palestine people believe that the Chinese people are their closest friends."
   Foreigners from more than 20 countries working in Peking marched shoulder to shoulder with the angry demonstrators to the Office of the British Charge d'Affaires. With raised fists they shouted: Down with U.S. imperialism! Down with British Imperialism 1 Down with Soviet revisionism! They chanted the song based on a quotation from Chairman Mao: "Be resolute, fear no sacrifice and surmount every difficulty to win victory." When they came to the U.A.R., Syrian and Iraqi Embassies and the P.L.O. Mission they were so moved that they began making impassioned speeches.
    They vowed to fight with the Arab people against the U.S. imperialist aggressors to the finish.
   Hundreds of thousands of revolutionary people in the coastal cities of Kwangchow and Foochow and in other parts of the country held meetings and demonstrations at the same time. As in Peking, they condemned U.S. and British imperialism and their stooge Israel for carrying out armed aggression against the Arab countries, and they pledged firm support for the Arab cause. The ruling Soviet revisionist clique which all along has been ganging up with the U.S. imperialists to betray the Arab people was condemned in similar terms for its vile deceit.
  
  
  
  

 
 
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