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Mao Ze Zong and the Great Leap Foward,
According to Wikipedia the famines caused by the extreme Micro Managing of Mao killed up to 46 million
Historian Frank Dikötter asserts that "coercion, terror, and systematic violence were the very foundation of the Great Leap Forward" and it "motivated one of the most deadly mass killings of human history."
It was such a low move that even the Soviet Union (which was undoublty at the time stauchly Communist) broke off ties with Peoples Republic of China.
The ban on private holdings ruined peasant life at its most basic level, according to Mirsky. Villagers were unable to secure enough food to go on living, because the traditional means of being able to rent, sell, or use their land as collateral for loans was deprived of them by the commune system. In one village, once the commune was operational the Party boss and his colleagues "swung into manic action, herding villagers into the fields to sleep and to work intolerable hours, and forcing them to walk, starving, to distant additional projects. Beyond attack, beyond question, was the systemic and structured dynamic of the socialist state that intimidated and impoverished millions of patriotic and loyal villagers." From Wikipedia
If you wish to defend this, I can also bring the Cultural Revolution into this as well.