Controversial wall posters continue to appear in Peking despite recent scathing attacks by the local media and Vice-Premier Deng Xiaoping.
GV: Man walking in snowy park as others read wall posters. (2 shots)
SV PAN FROM: People TO others reading wall posters.
CU PAN: Pictures show people being maltreated corrupt officials
GV: People walking past Freedom Wall covered with posters.
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Background: Controversial wall posters continue to appear in Peking despite recent scathing attacks by the local media and Vice-Premier Deng Xiaoping. Two weeks ago (February 1) a Peking newspaper criticised the wall posters, saying they severely undermined democracy and the legal system, while according to diplomatic sources, Deng Xiaoping proposed last month (January) that the right to put up wall posters, enshrined in the constitution, be abolished altogether.
SYNOPSIS: Even when the temperature in Peking is minus 15 centigrade (5 Fahrenheit) a few tough characters still brave the winter winds to visit the new "Democracy Wall" to read the wall posters. Ever since posters were banned from the original "Democracy Wall" in central Peking in December, they have been restricted to this new wall in Lunar Park in the western suburbs.
All authors have to register their names before putting up posters which for the most park attack bureaucracy, corruption and mismanagement. But the posters once the weapon of Mao Tse-tung during the Cultural Revolution, are no longer meeting with official approval. One Peking daily said recently that they did more harm than good as far as the country's modernisation programme was concerned since they undermined stability and unity and were open to abuse by "class enemies".