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Guangdong man reenacts Long March, seeks recuits

Posted: 06/25/2012 1:00 pm

Earlier this month, we told you about a guy who tried to walk an impossible distance just to get home. But he has truly been upstaged by a Guangdong native much older than himself who is determined to reenact the Long March.

With his Red Army uniform and red flag, Guangdong native Luo Dexiang has been attempting to recruit comrades to join him in a reenactment of the Long March since 2008, according to Chinese language media. Currently in Hankou, Wuhan Province, Luo has thus far failed to find people to stay with him on his journey. Some have described him as quixotic and deluded, others have expressed support for Luo as he walks toward Yanan.

On Sunday afternoon, Luo stood on a street in Hankou with a speaker playing red songs trying to recruit people to his cause and promote the culture of the Red Army, which is now known as the People’s Liberation Army. Originally from Qingyuan, he quit his job as a car salesman in November 2008 to reenact the Long March, hoping to try out a different lifestyle. Initially, he found it easy to recruit comrades, but none were as persistent as Luo.

At the weekend, he took a train from Sichuan to Hankou and stood on the street with a handwritten sign urging people to join him in another reenactment of the Long March. When it is unviable or unsafe to walk, Luo uses public transport, but the rest of Luo’s journey has consisted of walking from town to town.

He ususally arrives in a new town in the evening, when he finds a cheap hotel in which to stay. The following day he will stand on the street, recruiting people and promoting the history of the red army. So far he has walked through six provinces, these are Jiangxi, Fujian, Hunan, Guangdong, Guangxi and Sichuan. In order to have a livelihood, Luo does menial jobs along the way.

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