CHINA: Mao Tse-tung to the Wall

The further deglorification of the Great Helmsman

By the thousands, from dawn to well past nightfall, residents of Peking last week thronged the capital's Wang Fu Ching Street, site of the city's People's Daily headquarters. Jostling one another for view, some making notes, they avidly scanned an eight-sheet wall poster that had been put up on the street and signed by, of all people, an auto mechanic in a nearby garage. In a society where the wall poster is the semiofficial harbinger of political shifts and cultural upheavals, the document on Wang...

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