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Lin Zhao

29 April 1968

Lin Zhao was executed by a firing squad on this day in 1968 for 'insanely attacking, cursing, and slandering our great Chinese Communist Party and our great leader Chairman Mao'. Her mother had to pay five cents to compensate for the bullet that killed her. Zhao was a dissident student and a poet. A collection of her original prison diaries and letters, some of them written with her own blood,  was returned to her family after her rehabilitation by the Chinese government in 1981. They were used by the filmmaker Hu Jie in the documentary 'Searching for Lin Zhao's Soul' (2004).