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Daily LIFT #1010

The February 7th Tower Monument, Zhengzhou, People's Republic of China, 1974 -- Daily LIFT #1010

Built in 1971 during the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution the tower -- also known as the Erqi or Er'qi Memorial Tower -- was in memory of the city's railroad workers strike of 1923 and its martyrs. It displays a number of historical items about the strike, which was led by the Communist Party.

According to China Highlights:

"Zhengzhou Er'qi Tower is a twin tower which is 63 meters in height and totaling 14 stories, constructed with reinforced concrete. Each layer of vertex angles is decorated with archaistic cornices. The roof is covered with green glazed tiles. A clock with a 2.7 meters diameter stands on the clock tower which has been built at the top. The surface of tower connects two pentagons. Viewed from the east and west, it's a single tower; it's a twin tower when viewed from the south and north.

Workers at the Jinghan Railway set up a labor union on February 1, 1923, but received resistance from the feudal warlords who destroyed the union. Congress decided to have a general strike on February 4th. Under the guidance of imperialism, the warlords implemented a brutal crackdown. However, the workers fought together against the warlords with great courage. In this strike, over 40 people were murdered and more than 300 innocent citizens were injured, which aroused national workers' indignation."


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