The mourning of the people

Title: The mourning of the people

Photographer(s): Ben She. Yi Ming



Publisher(s): Beijing Publishing House, Beijing, China

Year: 1979

Print run:

Language(s): Chinese

Pages: 228

Size: 22 x 24,5 cm

Binding: Softcover



Nation(s) and year(s) of Protest: China, 1976


An edited book documenting Zhou Enlai's funeral and the public outpouring of grief. Zhao was among the most charismatic and beloved Chinese statesmen. The public reaction to his death was so significant that it caused Zhou’s political enemies within the Party to prohibit further mourning. Wreaths were removed and the handing out of photographs of Zhou was banned. This led to widespread discontent against Mao and the Gang of Four, culminating in the Tiananmen Incident (5th April 1976), when some 2 million people visited Tiananmen Square to commemorate Zhou's memory. The suppression of mourners led to public protest and rioting. This book’s publication by the State, as all books had to be at this time, is seen as a passing of eras from the heavy censorship of the Cultural Revolution to a new China under Deng Xiaoping.

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