In China the first anniversary of the death of Premier Chou En-Lai brought huge crowds into the streets of Peking on Sunday ( January).
In China the first anniversary of the death of Premier Chou En-Lai brought huge crowds into the streets of Peking on Sunday ( January). Although it was an occasion for mourning, there was also a political angle to the demonstrations with demands for the execution of the late Chairman Mao Tse-Tung's window, Chaing ching and three other purged radical leaders.
SYNOPSIS: The public gatherings marking Chou's death lasted for two days, with thousands of people abandoning their normal activities to take part in mass meetings in the Square of Heavenly Peace and other areas. In the square itself, columns of people marched with paper wreaths, portraits of Chou and banners.
The banner carried slogans condemning the radical "Gang of Four" -- and at the same time the anniversary was turned into an open demonstration of support for former Vice Premier Teng Hsiao-Ping, who was toppled in a radical inspired campaign last year. Thousands of people swarmed enthusiastically around wall-posters calling for Teng's rehabilitation.
Displays were mounted in the streets to mark the occasion -- some were dedicated to Chairman Mao on his own .......
.... While others were assembled to honour both Mao Tse-Tung and Chou En-Lai. All however, drew large and enthusiastic crowds. Despite the mourning and gravity of the political demands the people were good humoured as they jostled each other to find vantage points on the raised dais supporting the main display.
Elsewhere, some posters accused the disgraced radicals of having opposed Chou during the final years of his life -- and a poem pinned to a wreath said that if Chou could return he would smile at developments in China today.