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).
CU Portrait of Mao Tse Tung in Shanghai street
GVs Flags at half mast in street with mourners walking beneath (4 shots)
GVs & CUs People weeping in streets (5 shots)
TS and SVs People in street and GV (3 shots)
GV & CU Portrait of Mao as young man (2 shots)
CU Radio PAN TO people weeping in Peking street
GV People carrying portrait of Mao
CU and GVs People weeping (3 shots)
CUs and SVs Loud hailer, and people weeping (5 shots)
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Background: 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.