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
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
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
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
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"
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.