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  1. #171
    Supposing,under the most serious riotous circumstances, if Chiang Kai-shek senthis army to land on the mainland, the rebellious groups, who failedin power-seizing actions, would probably go to Chiang Kai-shek's armyfor support. Even Party members would do so for their own interests.Don't think that Party members are always loyal to the Party. ManyParty members are opportunists. They join in the Party for benefitsor for the hope of becoming a cadre. A cadre would surely getbenefits easily. And look at the facts that many upright Partymembers are imprisoned for their criticisms of the Party. ZhangZhixin, a woman Party member, was killed by the Gang of Four forcriticizing the wrong-doings of the Party. For fear that she mightshout out something unfavorable to the them, her throat was cut whenshe was taken to the execution site and killed. No government will doso except the communist government in China. A brutal deed.
    Butno gun fight happened in Shanghai. The army there was under strictcontrol. The largest event was the fight in Shanghai Diesel EngineFactory, which was located in the northeast part of Shanghai and had10,000 people working in it. At the beginning of the rebelliousperiod, there were two groups in the factory: one called the East Redgroup consisting of Party members and cadres, and the other calledUnited Headquarters group consisting of workers and other staff. Atfirst, United Headquarters group seized power and was in theleadership of the factory, since majority of workers joined thisgroup, but East Red group wanted to take over the leadership as theythought themselves to be the Party members and cadres and should bethe leaders of the factory. Then fight began between the two groups.When Wang Hongwen became a leader of Shanghai, he supported the EastRed group as he was also a Part member and a cadre. UnitedHeadquarters group rejected to give up the leadership.

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    Onthe 4thday of August, 1967, Wang Hongwen sent 10,000 people to attack theUnited Headquarters group in the factory, and the vanguards were thetrained firefighters. He did not dare to send army or police forcethere. The United Headquarters group defended the factory with only3,000 people. The weapons both sides used were mainly axes and steelbars. The defenders also used some glass bottles containing materialseasily catching fire and big nuts to shoot from giant rubber bands.
    WangHongwen acted as the commander and 10,000 people surrounded thefactory. Finally the attackers used crawler crane to knock down thegate and rushed in. Every man captive got a good beating. Thousandsof captives with blood all over walked between the attackers, singingthe Internationale, into prison vans. Those who were injuredseriously and could not walk were thrown into vans. The women weretreated a little better. The next day, the members who had not beenin the factory that day were arrested one by one. During the fight,thousands of people were hurt on both sides altogether. No one died,as no guns were used.
    Inall those days of power transferring, Big Word Paper, posted all overthe walls and shop windows in the streets, revealing all theinformation most people generally did not know, information about thebehavior and activities of the central leaders, which were nationalsecrets before, about how a leader staying in a special hospital forminor health problem had raped a young nurse. Such wrong-doings weredeemed nothing as long as he stood on Mao's side politically. If hewas against Mao, this would be one of his crimes. If a high-rankedcadre killed a common person, he might be removed from his office. Ifa common person killed another common person, he would be sentencedto death. Life paid for life. But for a high-ranked cadre, only hisrank paid for death of another.
    Manyjobless men also organized some rebellious groups and went to theStreet Committee. They did not seize power from authorities there.They just waited there and if any factory or store or anywhere sentin a notice to hire someone, one of them would put in his own nameand use the seal to stamp on the paper. He took the paper and wentto, say, the factory to work. He at last got a job this way. Theauthorities there did not dare to prevent him, afraid that alljobless people would get angry and beat them.

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