A struggle session was a form of public humiliation used by the Communist Party of China…

struggle session was a form of public humiliation used by the Communist Party of China in the Mao Zedong era to shape public opinion and to humiliate, persecute, and/or execute political rivals and class enemies. In general, the victim of a struggle session was forced to admit to various crimes before a crowd of people who would verbally and physically abuse the victim until he or she confessed. During the 1950s when Mao’s government began the Land Reform movement, poorer peasants seized the land from their landlords, an estimated two million of whom were executed after being subjected to a struggle session.

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