Telegram Saluting Chairman Mao
From the Rally Held by the Revolutionary Rebel Organizations of Shanghai and the
Shanghai Liaison Centres of Revolutionary Rebel Organizations of Other Places to
Celebrate the Message of Greetings of the Central Committee of the Chinese Communist
Party, the State Council, the Military Commission of the Central Committee of the
Party and the Cultural Revolution Group Under the Central Committee of the Party,
and Completely Smash the New Counter-Attack by the Bourgeois Reactionary Line
[This article is reprinted from Peking Review, Vol. 10, #4, Jan. 20,
1967, pp. 10-11. Thanks are due to the WWW.WENGEWANG.ORG
web site for some of the work done for this posting.]
Most, Most Respected and Beloved Chairman Mao:
We, fighters of the revolutionary rebel organizations in Shanghai, loyal to you for ever, extend our loftiest salute in the great proletarian cultural revolution to you, our great teacher, great leader, great supreme commander, and great helmsman, and the red sun that shines most brilliantly in our hearts.
Most, most respected and beloved Chairman Mao, we heard your voice from Peking — the Message of Greetings sent by the Central Committee of the Chinese Communist Party, the State Council, the Military Commission of the Central Committee of the Chinese Communist Party and the Cultural Revolution Group Under the Party’s Central Committee to the revolutionary rebel organizations in Shanghai, at the very moment when we were acclaiming your decision to broadcast to the whole country the “Message to All Shanghai People” and the “Urgent Notice,” issued by the various revolutionary mass organizations here. This is a voice expressing the greatest concern and support for us, the voice of the greatest inspiration and encouragement to us. We rejoice and sing. Thousands of words would not suffice to express our happiness. Thousands of songs would not suffice to express our gratitude. We can only leap for joy and shout: Long live Chairman Mao! Long life and long, long life to him!
Most, most respected and beloved Chairman Mao, you always point out for us the main direction in which the struggle must go at the most critical moments of the revolution; you always give us boundless spiritual strength at the moment when the struggle grows sharpest. You always show warm solicitude and support for the revolutionary rebel groups. You always nurture and give active help to all new revolutionary things. At the present time, when we, the revolutionary rebel groups, are waging a fierce battle to deal severe blows at the new counter-attack of the bourgeois reactionary line, you have approved our general orientation, confirmed our fighting task and encouraged us to bring about a great alliance of the proletarian revolutionary organizations and unite all the revolutionary forces, so as to take firmly into our hands the destiny of the proletarian dictatorship, the destiny of the great proletarian cultural revolution and the destiny of the socialist economy. Your great and wise decision will quickly kindle the fierce flame spreading the all-encompassing class struggle throughout the country. All such things as counter-revolutionary economism, the new counterattack organized by the representatives of the bourgeois reactionary line and the stubborn citadel of the bourgeois reactionary line will be burnt to cinders, discredited and burnt to ashes in this raging fire.
You, most, most respected and beloved Chairman Mao, have consistently taught us that the enemy will not perish of himself nor will he step down from the stage of history of his own accord. The facts show this precisely. The counter-revolutionary scheme of economism concocted by the handful of persons who are in authority and are taking the capitalist road and the extremely small number of diehards who cling to the bourgeois reactionary line within the Shanghai Municipal Committee of the Chinese Communist Party has been exposed; they have been surrounded by the revolutionary masses ring upon ring and have begun to collapse along the whole front, but they are still struggling frantically and are trying by every means possible to break up the great alliance of our revolutionary groups in Shanghai in a vain attempt to create splits and stir up disputes among our revolutionary rebel organizations. In this way, they hope to slip through, get an opportunity to catch their breath and stage a come-back. We must not allow this scheme to succeed. We must follow your instructions: “With power and to spare we must pursue the tottering foe and not ape Hsiang Yu the conqueror seeking idle fame,” take concerted action and vigorously pursue and fiercely beat the wild dogs already in the water and smash them utterly, so that they can never rise again. We must firmly carry out the correct policy of “taking firm hold of the revolution and promoting production” advanced by you and thoroughly sweep away the bad influence of counter-revolutionary economism. We will not disappoint your expectations, and, under the great banner of Mao Tse-tung’s thought, we will unite more completely the revolutionary rebel groups, unite together the overwhelming majority of the masses and firmly hold the leadership of the great cultural revolution and production in Shanghai, so as to ensure that the great proletarian cultural revolution in the Shanghai area forges ahead triumphantly along the proletarian revolutionary line represented by you!
Wishing our most, most respected and beloved great leader Chairman Mao a long, long life!
Rally Held by the Revolutionary Rebel Organizations of Shanghai and the Shanghai Liaison Centres of Revolutionary Rebel Organizations of Other Places to Celebrate the Message of Greetings of the Central Committee of the Chinese Communist Party, the State Council, the Military Commission of the Central Committee of the Party and the Cultural Revolution Group Under the Central Committee of the Party, and Completely Smash the New Counter-Attack by the Bourgeois Reactionary Line
January 12, 1967
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