• Short Summary

    China's population of 800 million people have begun ten days of mourning following the death of the leader, Chairman Mao Tse Tung, on Thursday (9 September).

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    China's population of 800 million people have begun ten days of mourning following the death of the leader, Chairman Mao Tse Tung, on Thursday (9 September).

    SYNOPSIS: Portraits of Chairman Mao were displayed in the streets of Shanghai. Flags hung limply in the still morning air as news of Chairman Mao's death brought people out of their homes. Black-bordered newspapers carried a portrait of Mao over the entire front page and gave a long funeral notice. Many people carried white paper Buddhist flowers of mourning as well as wearing black armbands. Others wept openly over the loss of their leader. The memorial ceremonies will culminate with a vast rally in peking on the 28th of September. Everybody in the country, except those whose work cannot be interrupted, will stand in silent tribute for there minutes, it was announced by the New China News Agency.

    Mao's death leaves a massive gap in the Chinese leadership. The death in january this year of Mao's closest comrade-in-arms, Premier Chou En-Lai, ignited a leadership crisis that spilled into political violence in the streets of Peking. But a message from the Central Committee of the Chinese Communist Party has called on the people to uphold the unity of the party.

    And the whole nation has been unified in their grief at the death of Chairman Mao. The scenes of weeping were repeated i the capital, Peking, and 2,000 people gathered in the vast square of Tien An Men - Heavenly Poace - in stunned silence. The announcement of his death did not specify his illness but there has been some speculation that mao was suffering from parkinson's disease. The disease causes progressive damage to the body's muscles. Peking Radio said that the former leader's body will lie in state in the Great Hall of the People. It is expected that the actual cremation or burial will be attended only by family and top members of the party and government.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA2IMF491BQRGIOCHS3GYZT3ZBU
    Media URN:
    VLVA2IMF491BQRGIOCHS3GYZT3ZBU
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    10/09/1976
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:01:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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