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January 17, 1976, Forty Years Ago: Posters Removed

The authorities also took away thousands of wreaths put at the Tiananmen Gate in memory of the later premier, Chou Enlai.

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January 17, 2017 12:00:59 am

All the posters in favour of a comeback by former vice-premier, Deng Xiaoping have been removed from the centre of Peking after a week-long campaign. The authorities also took away thousands of wreaths put at the Tiananmen Gate in memory of the later premier, Chou Enlai. The clean-up operation took place over the night. By morning, the approaches to the Forbidden City were back to normal. Big posters, huge slogans, poems, caricatures — one 28 metres long — all disappeared along with the crowds of thousands of readers. Thus ended a popular movement that sprang up on the first anniversary of Chou Enlai’s death on January 8.

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First published on: 17-01-2017 at 12:00:59 am
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