[OPE] The tragedy of the GLF

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Date: Mon Apr 27 2009 - 07:52:45 EDT

* 50 years after: The tragedy of China;s `Great Leap Forward' - <

By John Riddell

April 21, 2009 --
Socialist Voice -- On October 1, the People's Republic of China will mark
the 60th
anniversary of its foundation. This will be an occasion to
one of the most influential victories of popular struggle
in our era.

This great uprising forged a united and
independent Chinese state,
freed the country from foreign domination
and capitalist rule, ended
landlordism, provided broad access to
education and health care, and
set in motion popular energies that
modernised and industrialised its
economy. The revolutionary triumph
of 1949 laid the foundation for
China's present dynamism and
influence, as well as providing an
enormous impetus to anti-colonial
revolution worldwide.

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