Photos by Xinhua/ChinaDaily via Sina.
Would you just take a look at how festive that is? No, it’s not Chinese New Year all over again — it’s just the 90th anniversary of the Chinese Communist Party in Chongqing. According to Xinhua, approximately 10,000 people came dressed in red to celebrate the momentous occasion by singing good ol’ fashioned communist songs and to renew their Party oaths.
The event is yet another manifestation of the campaign to promote red culture by prominent princeling and Chongqing party chief Bo Xilai’s (薄熙来), who is jostling for a spot in the all-powerful Politburo Standing Committee by appealing to conservative party elders.
Since 2008, Bo has been circulating Maoist mottos, telling revolutionary tales, and organising tens of thousands of people in mass “red culture” song sessions.
In January this year, Chongqing Satellite TV, one of fourteen channels under the Chongqing Broadcasting Group, announced plans to replace all prime-time dramas with communist propaganda.
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