Beijing, Jan 10: Deng Xiangchao, a Chinese professor was fired for criticising Communist China’s founder president Mao Zedong on his 123rd birth anniversary on the social media network Weibo.
Mao, who died at the age of 73 on 9 December 1976, is still officially revered by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and the figure of the leader while still esteemed by the people, is now a controversial figure.
Deng, 62, is a professor of art at the Shandong Jianzhu University, in central China. In a post dated December 26, he criticises Mao for being responsible for the famine that caused three million deaths and the Cultural Revolution, during which two million people died.
Authorities in the eastern Chinese province of Shandong have terminated the contract of a university lecturer who criticised late supreme leader Mao Zedong, following protests and violent attacks on campus that were blamed on members of Maoist groups.
Poet Lu Yang holds up a sign supporting Deng Xiangchao, a professor who was fired by Shandong Jianzhu University for criticising Mao Zedong, in the Shandong capital Jinan, Jan 4, 2017.
The Shandong provincial government announced on Thursday on its official social media account that it had terminated the contract of Deng Xiangchao, a professor at the Shandong Jianzhu University, a specialist architectural college in the provincial capital Jinan.
Without referring to anyone in particular, Deng had written: “Being an imperial ruler in China takes skill, you should turn your yellow robe to patched clothes, changing the anointment to a celebration of a newborn state, turning concubines into female entertainment soldiers. You should call hereditary rulers revolutionary comrades, and change the emperor’s edict into a supreme instruction. But don’t be honest about it.”
The criticism was judged too harsh by supporters of Mao, that despite the heavy restrictions on demonstrations, dozens gathered in front of the university shouting slogans and brandishing placards against the professor. Even the CCP university committee stated that Prof. Deng has made “false allegations.”
Modern history is a very sensitive topic in China so that the Party reserves the power over the claim of its accomplishments.