China Years: The Leaders and Their Red Guards

August 18, 1966, Mao Zedong met with Red Guards in Tiananmen Square for the first time,

opened the national Red Guard movement.

Mao Zedong with his Red Guards, Liu Shaoqi (first from right) was the only one without armband. Fourth from right: Lin Biao, fifth from right: Zhou Enlai.
Liu Shaoqi (middle) with Deng Xiaoping (left) and Zhou Enlai (right).
Lin Biao and Ye Qun received the Red Guards in Tiananmen Square.
Mao Zedong with the Red Guards in Tiananmen Square.
Mao Zedong's Red Guards.
Mao Zedong's Red Guards.
Mao Zedong and Lin Biao reviewing million Red Guards in Tiananmen Square.
Chinese leaders reviewing Red Guards in Tiananmen Square.
Red Guards in Tiananmen Square.
Red Guards in Tiananmen Square.
Red Guards in Tiananmen Square.
Mao Zedong, Zhou Enlai, Lin Biao, Jiang Qing with the Red Guards.
Mao Zedong and Lin Biao received the Red Guards.
Mao Zedong and Lin Biao received the Red Guards.
Mao Zedong on August 18, 1966.

During the early stage of the Cultural Revolution. Mao Zedong met with Red Guards eight times,

received more than 12 million students and other young people in Tiananmen Square.