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Baying mobs, fallen statues and vandals no better than Chairman Mao's 'cultural' wreckers 

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09.06.2020

Here’s a scene that may sound familiar. A crowd surges through the streets, chanting and shouting, eyes blazing with moralistic fervour.

While the police stand limply by, the mob turns its fury on a statue. They rock it on its plinth, their excitement reaching hysteria, before at last it comes crashing down.

But they’re not finished yet. There are other statues to topple, other images to destroy.

I don’t want to live in a country where the police stand idly by while crowds hurl statues into the river. I don’t want to live in a country where vandalism and violence are perfectly justifiable, as long as they’re in the service of the latest fashionable cause

There’s the statue of the old war leader in the capital, the statues outside the ancient universities.

Everywhere you turn, there are relics of the past, symbols of the ancient wickedness. All must be brought down, if society is to be re-made.

So began the Cultural Revolution, the terrible, blood-stained period in the late 1960s, when mobs of self-appointed ‘Red Guards’ rampaged across China.

For ten years, Chairman Mao’s followers burned books, tore down statues and murdered millions loyal to the ‘Four Olds’ — old ideas, culture, customs and habits.

They will say that by striking a blow against racism, they were doing the 21st-century equivalent of God’s work, and that only a hardened sinner would dare to question them. But I don’t want to live in a country where mobs rampage through the streets, tearing down anything that ‘offends’ them

It was so traumatic that even now Chinese news outlets are banned from discussing it.

The thought of such scenes erupting here in Britain would have seemed utterly fantastical — until this weekend.

But this is what happened in Bristol on Sunday, when a screaming mob toppled a statue of the slave trader and philanthropist Edward Colston.

Vandalism

That was merely the beginning. Over the weekend, statues of Winston Churchill and Abraham Lincoln were vandalised in London.

A Black Lives Matter protester tried to burn the Union Flag at the Cenotaph, monument to the fallen world war........

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