123 years after his birth, Mao Zedong is still wreaking havoc on China’s bureaucrats and professors.
While faithful Maoists from around the country flocked to the Great Helmsman’s birthplace in Shaoshan, Hunan province on December 26th to commemorate Chairman Mao’s birthday, Zuo Chunhe, the deputy director of the Shijiazhuang Bureau of Culture, Radio, Film, TV, Press and Publication, took to social media, calling the celebrations “the world’s largest cult activity” and calling Mao himself a “devil.”
For his remarks, Zuo has been fired. The bureau said that he had been given a “major administrative warning” and was told to “deeply reflect on his statements” which were a “serious violation of political discipline,” the Global Times reports.
Zuo isn’t the only one to lose his job because of Mao this year. Last week, a Shandong university professor was sacked after posting a commentary on his Weibo account blaming Chairman Mao for millions of deaths caused by the Great Leap Forward and Cultural Revolution.
The commentary sparked protests outside the front gate of the university with Mao supporters holding up portraits of the Great Helmsman along with banners reading, “Whoever opposes Chairman Mao is an enemy of the people.”
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