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Anti-Rightist Movement

The Anti-Rightist Movement of the People's Republic of China in the 1950s and early 1960s consisted of a series of campaigns to purge what was know to be "rightists" within the Communist Party of China apparatus and abroad. Most of these campaigns were started and led by then Chairman Mao Zedong.


Going perhaps as far back as the Long March there had been resentment for "rightists" inside the CCP.

1950's:First Campaigns

The Hundred Flowers Movement and its Connections

Main Article: Hundred Flowers Campaign

Later Purges


This movement led to the murder of some 30 million people.

Later Effects

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One of the political movements under the communist government in China. Communists are "left-wing," and this was apparently an attempt at purging "rightist" or anti-communist elements in the general populace. Being labeled a "rightist" was a sort of social death penalty during these times. Rightists could be sent to the countryside for "re-education."

This movement led to the murder of some 30 million people.

For a more informed summary, read about the Chinese Cultural Revolution.