Make China Maoist Again? Communist Regime Revives This Chilling Censorial Practice

(Tea Party 247) – As schools across Communist China began to re-open after the COVID-19 virus which originated in Wuhan in the Hubei province, authorities took the opportunity to launch a fresh wave of censorship in the already significantly repressive country.

Reuters reports that schools have “thrown themselves into a nationwide exercise to remove books deemed politically incorrect, deepening Chinese President Xi Jinping’s push to instill patriotism and ideological purity in the education system.”

In a directive from the Ministry of Education in October, elementary and middle schools were called on to clear their libraries of books that could be deemed “illegal” and “inappropriate.”

Now, teachers have removed books from schools in at least as many as 30 schools in mainland China. This is according to a review Reuters did of social media posts which are publicly available school and local government documents, and interviews with teachers.

Reuters explains:

From western Gansu province to Shanghai, the review of publicly announced measures pointed to books being cleared by the hundreds of thousands.

A directive from the Ministry of Education last October called on elementary and middle schools to clear out books from their libraries including “illegal” and “inappropriate” works. Now teachers have removed books from schools in at least 30 of mainland China’s 33 provinces and municipalities, according to a Reuters review of social media posts, publicly available school and local government documents, and interviews with teachers.

From western Gansu province to Shanghai, the review of publicly announced measures pointed to books being cleared by the hundreds of thousands.

Under Xi, censorship has increased in a political climate in which Christian churches are targeted and religious minorities subjected to barbaric treatment, such as being forced to undergo abortions, fined for additional children, or kept in labor camps.

Analysts say that this widespread effort to clean out school libraries, however, is the first national campaign specifically targeting libraries the one-party state has launched in decades.

This comes as Beijing tightens its grip on previously Democratic Hong Kong. Last week, government employees on the formerly British-controlled island removed books that supported democracy from public libraries to determine if they are in violation of Beijing’s new national security law.

“This is the first movement targeted at libraries since the Cultural Revolution,” said Wu Qiang, who Reuters explains is “a political analyst based in Beijing and former political science lecturer at Tsinghua University. In the late 1960s, zealous teenagers driven by Mao Zedong carried out a nationwide campaign targeting libraries and destroying or burning what they could get their hands on, as part of a wider destruction of traditional culture.”