• Short Summary

    MILLIONS OF PEOPLE THROUGHOUT THE PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF CHINA SUPPORTED THE CHINESE COMMUNIST PARTY'S DECISION TO EXPEL HEAD OF STATE LIU SHAO-CHI FROM THE PARTY AND TO DISMISS HIM FROM ALL HIS POSTS, THE NEW CHINA NEWS AGENCY REPORTED LAST SUNDAY (3 NOVEMBER).

  • Description

    MILLIONS OF PEOPLE THROUGHOUT THE PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF CHINA SUPPORTED THE CHINESE COMMUNIST PARTY'S DECISION TO EXPEL HEAD OF STATE LIU SHAO-CHI FROM THE PARTY AND TO DISMISS HIM FROM ALL HIS POSTS, THE NEW CHINA NEWS AGENCY REPORTED LAST SUNDAY (3 NOVEMBER). ONE SUCH RALLY WAS HELD IN CANTON LAST SATURDAY (2 NOVEMBER). THE FILM IS A BROADCAST FROM CHINESE PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC TELEVISION TELERECORDED IN HONG KONG.

    ACCORDING TO THE PEKING PRESS MEDIA, THE STREET DEMONSTRATIONS AND RALLIES OCCURRED ALL ACROSS THE PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF CHINA ON SATURDAY, WHEN THE NEWS OF LIU'S DISMISSAL WAS ANNOUNCED. THERE WAS NO ESTIMATE OF THE SIZE OF THE CROWD IN CANTON, BUT IT WAS REPORTED THAT AS MANY AS FIVE MILLION PEOPLE TOOK PART IN PEKING, SHANGHAI AND TIENTSIN.

    IN CANTON, SPEAKERS ADDRESSED A LARGE CROWD IN A GYMNASIUM. THE CROWD RESPONDED BY CHEERING AND WAVING BOOKS OF THE THOUGHTS OF CHAIRMAN MAO TSE-TUNG. A STREET PARADE FOLLOWED.

    LIU SHAO-CHI'S REMOVAL FROM POWER CLIMAXED A TWO-YEAR PUBLIC STRUGGLE BY MAO TSE-TUNG AND HIS CULTURAL REVOLUTION TO PURGE THE PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF CHINA OF THOSE SAID TO BE OLD-LINE PARTY LEADERS, HEADED BY LIU. LIU WAS ACCUSED BY MAO AND HIS RED GUARD SUPPORTERS OF BEING TOO TEPID A REVOLUTIONARY.

    FOR NEARLY 40 YEARS BEFORE THAT, LIU SHAO-CHI WAS SAID TO HAVE BEEN ONE OF MAO'S CLOSEST LIEUTENANTS, AND HE REMAINED PRESIDENT FOR A CONSIDERABLE TIME AFTER MAO'S DECISION TO DISMISS HIM. MOST OF THAT TIME, HOWEVER, LIU REMAINED UNDER VIRTUAL HOUSE ARREST IN HIS BUNGALOW INSIDE THE LEADERSHIP COMPOUND IN PEKING.

    THERE HAS BEEN NO WORD ON LIU'S WHEREABOUTS OR CONDITION SINCE LAST FRIDAY, WHEN THE CENTRAL COMMITTEE VOTED THAT HE BE "PUNISHED" AS WELL AS DEPOSED.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAELRARIGS38PHEBABBMASPWBK0
    Media URN:
    VLVAELRARIGS38PHEBABBMASPWBK0
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    05/11/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:02:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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