The appointment of Mr. Hua Kuo-feng as the new Chairman of the chinese Communist Party?
SV Chairman Hua walks on to balcony and applauds crowd
GV Palace of Heavenly Peace and square packed with people
SV AND GV crowd cheering and waving flag (2 shots)
CU Hau clapping
SCU Mayor of Peking speaking
GV Crowds cheering and waving coloured flags
SCU Hua clapping
SV Young woman and young soldier speaking at microphone
CU Hua applauding
SV AND GV Crowd cheering
SCU Hua walking along balcony as crowd cheers (6 shots)
China's official information media have accused the four arrested radicals of tampering with Mao's directives and attempting to usurp power. So far no details have been disclosed. During the past three days, more than five million people have marched through peking hailing their downfall and the appointment of Mr. Hua as successor to Mao. Millions more have taken part in demonstrations in other Chinese cities.
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Background: The appointment of Mr. Hua Kuo-feng as the new Chairman of the chinese Communist Party was officially celebrated on Sunday (24 October) when a million people packed into Tien an Men Square in peking form a mass political rally.
SYNOPSIS: Mr. Hua made his first appearance since the formal announcement of his appointment last week. He stepped smiling onto a balcony over the ornate Gate of Heavenly Peace which overlooks the square. He was accompanied by the Vice Premier, Mr. Li Hsien-nien, and the Defence Minister, Mr. Yeh Chienhing. The vast, colourful gathering was the climax of three days of political rallies and demonstrations throughout China, which were held to acknowledge Mr. Hua's ascendancy to the Chairmanship.
Mr. Hua had been expected to speak, but in the event he did not address the crowd. Instead the chief speaker was the Mayor of peking, Mr. Wu Teh. He told the crowd that when Chairman Mao Tse-tung died in September, everyone inside and outside China was worried about the nation's destiny. Two other speakers were a railway worker, Chen Fu-han, and a representative of the People's Liberation Army. Chen said the ousted radical group had tried to frame former Premier Chou En-lai, and put themselves above Chairman Mao and the Communist Party.
Mr. Wu had said the Party had waged a life and death struggle since Mao's death.
But, said Mr. Wu, the "people" had eventually been victorious. He said that in April this year Chairman Mao had written to Mr. Hua to tell him that with him in charge, his mind was at ease. Mr. Wu accused the late Chairman's wife, Chiang Ching, and her radical supporters of attempting to usurp the State and the Communist Party. Madame Mao and three other radical leaders are reported to be under house arrest.