From the archives: How The Times covered China’s Cultural Revolution

Red China’s ’67 marked by disorder (Jan. 1968)

A nearly total break­down of pub­lic or­der in the fi­nal days of 1967 has trans­formed Com­mun­ist China’s chief cit­ies and most pop­u­lous rur­al dis­tricts in­to vir­tu­al bat­tle­fields for polit­ic­al and crim­in­al ele­ments where or­din­ary cit­izens fear not only for their prop­erty but for their lives.”

Sources: Los Angeles Times archives

Credits: Robert S. Elegant