Democracy Wall The Democracy Wall (Z ) was a long brick wall just to the west of the Forbidden City which became the focal point for Chinese citizens to voice their desire for democratic freedoms. Following two decades of suppression during the rule of Mao Zedong, people finally discovered the courage to speak in the latter half of the 1970s. The year 1978 marked a watershed in both Chinese political and economic history as the CCP, meeting for the Third Plenum of the Eleventh Central Committee, instituted a variety of economic and political reforms which would allow the country to become an integral part of the global community. Beginning in November, stimulated in part of a “reversal of verdicts” against Tiananmen demonstrators of 1976, and in line with the new CCP policy of “seeking truth from facts”, thousands of Chinese began to put their thoughts into words, which they transferred to paper and placed onto the wall. These thoughts often came in the form of big-character posters known as
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