Son of Legendary Chinese Communist Military Leader Apologizes for Cultural Revolution
The son of a legendary Communist military leader and politician in China has publicly apologised for persecuting people at his school during the Cultural Revolution, according to a blog.
Chen Xiaolu offered his remorse to teachers, staff and students at his former school in Beijing for leading denunciations and sending people to labour camps.
“Today I want to use the Internet to express to them my sincere apology,” he said in comments carried Monday on a blog for alumni of the Beijing Number Eight Middle School, and published by some Chinese and Hong Kong media outlets Wednesday.
Chen, said to be 67, is a son of Chen Yi, who led troops during China’s war against Japan and later during the country’s civil war, won by Communist forces in 1949.
The elder Chen was given the prestigious rank of marshal and was later foreign minister, although he was also persecuted during the Cultural Revolution. He died in 1972.
The apology by the younger Chen, who was also in the People’s Liberation Army, is the latest in a series of similar expressions of remorse by ageing Chinese who lived through the 1966-1976 cataclysm.