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The Thunder of Silence
- A circle Is to Complete (2)

8 April 2012
 

Each day, hundreds of thousands of people with a white chrysanthemums flower on the chest and a black armband on the left arm flocked into the square to lay wreaths with coded message, to post handwritten poems composed for the occasion and to speak to crowd about how much they grieved for Premier Zhou and how much they missed Yang Kaihui, Mao's first wife, which is an expression to suggest their strong revulsion for the central government in general and Jiang Qing, Zhou's major antagonist, in particular.

That is very much like what is happening in China's cyber space right now: People keep paying attributes to Mao Zedong, Zhou Enlai and Yue Fei as a way to convey their strong disgust for the State Council in general and Premier Wen in particular.

 
 

Like all unpopular yet arrogant rulers who would prefer to keep an aggressive edge on their stance than to reconcile with people's requests, the government sent police to remove wreaths, flowers and poems at night.

The act of reckless disregard of public mood outraged the mourners only further, and new wreaths, flowers and posts returned with a vengeance the next day. A nasty open confrontation was brewing.

On April 5 people carrying wreaths in all sizes jostled into the square in record number. One wreath was creatively cast with iron by the workers from Beijing Heavy Mechanic Plant (北京重型机械厂) and transported to the site with the help of a crane, which was an open challenge to the authority's wreath removing attempt.

Then a man self-identified as from Tsinghua University jumped out to took the challenge on the behalf of the authority by shouting a slogan that attacked the late premier. The offensive act immediately sparked fury among the mourners. When the crowd pursued the Tsinghua man, the guy found a safe refugee behind the gate of the People's Hall with the help of the security guards, which drew an angry crowd amounted at tens of thousands to block the entrance, demanding the authority to hand over the verbal abuser.

The authority refused to bow to the demand. Instead it sent a police car with loudspeakers on the top to warn the "revolutionary comrades" that they were used by "a small band of class enemies".

That infuriated the crowd even furthe. They encircled the vehicle and insisted to know who were "a small band of class enemies."

"I'm just a driver, driving the car wherever I'm told to," replied a police on the driver's seat.

"I'm just a broadcaster, broadcasting whatever the message I am given," replied the second man when was pressed.

But the third man rejected to answer the question, thus was dragged out of the vehicle by the mourners with his police cap tossed in the air.

In another part of the square, another brave man shouted a slogan that defied the public sentiment (which is something equivalent to say "xx有福了" when Bo Xilai was framed and dismissed), then tried to seek protection when being chased after by the mass. Then later on another bold guy would stand out to urge the people to obey the authority (that is something similar to say "和xx保持高度一致" when Wen's state council is trying to auction the national interest), then plead for help when being hunted by the outlaws. The heart of the China was in disarray.

On the buzzing square, there were Westerners silently mingling through the crowds and filming the scene, and among the filming Westerners there was George Bush, the chief of the U.S. Liaison Office in China who later became a US president and the father of an US president, along with his flaming-red car waiting quietly nearby.

But unlike what happened in 1989 when Zhao Ziyang and his gang allowed the CIA to coach the student leaders and direct the movement, in 1976, the covered police officers were ordered by the government to drive the foreigners away from the square. For whatever the silly things they did and how passionately disliked they were by the general populations, the Gang of Four were not the "allies and constituencies" of the alien powers and had never intended to betray the nation for the benefit of their own families. They were just a group of annoying idiots, which is fundamentally different from Zhao Ziyang and his followers in 1989, and from Wen Jiabao and his followers in 2012.

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