red guards

Red Guard

noun
a member of a Chinese Communist youth movement in the late 1960s, committed to the militant support of Mao Zedong.

Origin:
1965–70; translation of Chinese hóng wèibīng

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Red Guard
 
n
a member of a Chinese youth movement that attempted to effect the Cultural Revolution (1965--71)

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Red Guards definition


Loosely organized bands of militant communists who followed Mao Zedong in attacking conservative or bourgeois elements in China during the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution in the 1960s.

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