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Secret Revealed About Mao Zedong’s Tiananmen Memorial Service: 3000 People Fainted in “Grief” On the Spot
Summary: On 1976 September 9, Mao Zedong died from illness and at 3pm on September 18, a memorial/mourning service was held at Tiananmen Square, filled with millions of people. During the 20-30 minutes after the entire square stood in a moment of silence and the funeral music began broadcasting, over 3200 participants from different squads suddenly fainted from “extreme grief”, one after another collapsing to the ground, bringing disorder to their formations, causing chaos and nervousness on the scene.
Comments from NetEase:
[They] faint easily? This is a disease, and must be treated!
If Kim Jong-un of today’s North Korea were to die, I bet it would also be like this.
I lived through that era, and I can still see the scenes of that time in my mind.
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Is it like today’s North Korea?
More shaken than by their own loved ones dying, brother [referring to self] is astonished.
What’s the meaning of adding “” around grief?
They were that excited and happy?
What was wrong with him? All he did was not go along with the world mainstream and choose ZB-ism [资本 zi ben, capitalism] and instead hope to use his own strength to establish so-called GC-ism [共产, gong chan, communism], doing class struggle, so yes, he was very idealistic. Everyone has grandfathers and grandmothers. You can go have them talk about their feelings and talk about the days of their youth. What qualifications do we post-90s generation and post-80s generation have to comment on him?
Definitely must of been the true feelings of the people of that era!
Chairman Mao is a great teacher! A lifelong idol!
The times are already different, is there any point to bringing these things up still?
Reveals the true feelings of the people! Chairman Mao, the great man of a generation~
What’s the point of this news [article]?
I ask that netizens think for a moment. If everyone was completely ignorant of the outside world, believed that they came upon a good life because of a certain person, that 2/3 of the people in the world were living in an abyss of suffering…and now that certain person has departed [died], wouldn’t everyone be very heart-broken, possibly fainting from grief/sorrow?
Take a look at North Korea, the documentaries of the deaths of the last two generations of leaders, which is actually just a mirror of us.