Followers of Chairman Mao Zedong from around the nation celebrate his 122nd birthday in Shaoshan, Hunan province. The founder of the People’s Republic still has a dedicated following across China. Photo: Simon Song.

Faithful gather in praise of former Communist leader Mao Zedong in Hunan on his birthday

Despite officials’ efforts to deter attendance, thousands of devotees descend on chairman’s hometown

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Followers of Chairman Mao Zedong from around the nation celebrate his 122nd birthday in Shaoshan, Hunan province. The founder of the People’s Republic still has a dedicated following across China. Photo: Simon Song.
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