A letter from a group of Chinese leftists, addressed to the Politburo Standing Committee and published on the far-left website Red China, has condemned the expulsion of Bo Xilai from the Communist Party and the revocation of his immunity from prosecution.
Bo, while Chongqing Party Chief, was praised by many Chinese leftists for his approach to governance, which was characterised by a drive for equality, better public services, state-guided economy, and notably, a high-profile crackdown on mafia and a strong resurrection of Maoist ideologies. Critics attacked Bo’s use of Cultural Revolution-esque “Red Concerts” (in which thousands gathered to sing songs praising Maoism) as a cynical attempt to build a support base amongst conservatives in the Party in order to challenge his political rival and economic liberal, Guangdong Party Chief Wang Yang.
Red China and other Maoist/leftist websites have consistently defended Bo since his sudden and dramatic downfall this year. However, as the site is blocked within China it is debatable whether the letter will have any impact.
“What is the reason provided for expelling Bo Xilai? Please investigate the facts and the evidence,” says the letter. “Please announce to the people evidence that Bo Xilai will be able to defend himself in accordance with the law.” The letter goes on to suggest that the prosecution of Bo is politically motivated (duh) and urges the government to act in accordance with the rule of law.
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