5 April 1976

In China, the April Fifth Movement leads to the Tiananmen Incident.

The incident was a response to the sudden death of former Chinese Communist Party (CCP) leader, Zhou Enlai, who was widely respected and admired by the Chinese people. Many people, especially university students, saw his death as a major loss and an opportunity to express their grievances with the current leadership.

On April 5, 1976, thousands of people gathered in Tiananmen Square to mourn Zhou Enlai and express their grievances. The gathering quickly turned into a demonstration against the leadership of the CCP, and participants began to criticize the government and its policies.

The government responded to the demonstration with force, sending in troops and police to disperse the crowds. Many participants were arrested and detained, and some were even killed.

The incident is often seen as a precursor to the larger pro-democracy movement that would take place in the same location almost exactly a decade later, culminating in the Tiananmen Square Massacre of 1989.

The April Fifth Tiananmen Incident is a significant moment in China’s history, representing a turning point in the relationship between the Chinese people and the CCP leadership.