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China general's daughter sorry for Cultural Revolution death

Published on Jan 13, 2014 7:36 PM

BEIJING (AFP) - The daughter of a top Chinese Communist Party official has apologised for the killing of one of her teachers, the latest former Red Guard to express remorse for the horrors of Mao Zedong's Cultural Revolution, state media said on Monday.

Madam Song Binbin's father Song Renqiong was a powerful general and one of the Communist Party's "Eight Immortals", and she herself was a leader of the revolutionary Red Guards at her school as a teenager in 1966.

The establishment's vice-president Bian Zhongyun was beaten to death in one of the first and most notorious killings of a teacher during China's decade of chaos and bloodshed.

Now 64, Madam Song says she should have done more to protect Mr Bian and other school officials - although she did not specify her exact role in the events.

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