• Short Summary

    In China a wall-poster has appeared in Central Peking accusing the city's former police chief, Liu Chuan-Hsin, of torturing people arrested two years ago in connection with the 5th of April riots in Tien An Men square.

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    In China a wall-poster has appeared in Central Peking accusing the city's former police chief, Liu Chuan-Hsin, of torturing people arrested two years ago in connection with the 5th of April riots in Tien An Men square. The riots broke out after wreaths commemorating the late premier Chou En-Lai during the annual Ching Ming Festival for the Dead were secretly removed.

    SYNOPSIS: This year, though, there were no disturbances as the people of Peking gathered in the square for the festival. The wall poster condemning Liu was apparently put up overnight on Chang An Boulevard -- and it attracted a large crowd the next day. Liu was dismissed after the purge of the "Gang of Four" extremist leaders in October 1976. However, In Tien An Men square this year these problems were secondary to the people's appreciation of their deceased revolutionary heroes.

    Dozens of wreaths commemorating dead communist leaders like Chairman Mao Tse Tung and Chou En Lai were placed around the Martyr's Memorial in the centre of the square. Hundreds of children -- members of the Little Red Guard and Communist Youth League -- gathered round the memorial to swear oaths of allegiance to Chairman Mao's revolutionary spirit. But high winds, whipping up Peking's first dust storm of the year, appeared to have kept many people away.

    Chou En Lai venerated by the Chinese people. The living however, are kept on their toes with constant criticism. This year the Mayor of Peaking was another prominent figure who was attacked in a wall poster for his actions during the 1976 riots.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA5DRS475GQ9LXWUKYIE03J4GNO
    Media URN:
    VLVA5DRS475GQ9LXWUKYIE03J4GNO
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    08/04/1978
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:17:00
    Time in/Out:
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    Canister:
    N/A

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