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Brainwashed? Boy cries as he reads story of Communist Party heroine Liu Hulan

Video of primary school pupil reading out passage about civil war heroine gets mixed response online

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 25 May, 2017, 3:21pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 25 May, 2017, 4:01pm

A viral video of a little boy standing up in class reading out a passage about Communist Party heroine Liu Hulan has had mixed reactions online.

Dressed in a red uniform, the primary school pupil’s voice grows louder and more impassioned as he reads the part where Liu declares party members aren’t afraid of death.

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He blushes and starts crying as he reads: “Liu Hulan died a glorious death. She was only 15 years old that year.”

His performance appears to amuse his classmates.

Liu was a member of the Communist Party during the civil war against Kuomintang forces and was executed in 1947. She is held up as an example of how party soldiers fought for freedom and peace.

Some online commenters praised the boy’s emotional reading of the text, while others say he’s been brainwashed by educators and questioned why the video was even made in class.

The primary school is in Datong, Shanxi province, the Legal Evening News reports.

The school told the newspaper that the video had been filmed to keep a record of the children, but it didn’t know who uploaded it.

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One teacher at the school was quoted as saying that the little boy had good school results and was genuinely overcome when he read the passage.