Hundred Flowers Campaign "Let a hundred flowers bloom, and a hundred schools of thought contend." This was the famous slogan for the movement in May 1956, which emphasizes on the freedom of speech by the intellectuals, lifting constrains and strictures that had repressed the people from voicing their opinions. A daring move by the communists signifying a loosening of their reins on its people but unfortunately it ended up as a backlash that invited lots of criticisms to the Communist policy. Mao therefore undercuts these unacceptable responses by branding these speakers as extreme rightists who is seen to undermine the present political system. Such political infidelity was intolerable to the authority and that these provocative speakers eventually landed themselves to severe criticisms and retributions.