Political unrest in Shanghai, China, on eve of the Chinese Civil War in 1927
Shanghai China Date:1928 Duration:1 min 39 sec Sound:NO SOUND
Conditions in China in 1927-28. A large crowd of people is assembled outdoors, in Shanghai, China. Several display Chinese Nationalist Party (Kuomintang) flags. Next, the people are seen scrambling for pamphlets that are being thrown into their midst. Camera pans across the crowd, revealing that they are assembled near a waterfront pier on the Huangpu River, where a number of ships are docked. Closeup of the pier shows men carrying cargo and packages through the crowd. Scene shifts to two men apparently distributing literature from a truck, and a crowd (mob) of people pushing into an official-looking building. Next, a contingent of armed Chinese sailors marches through the throng. They pass by the people crammed into the doorway of the official-looking building, paying no attention to them. More armed Chinese military march through the area. Views of people jammed into the streets. A line of armed British soldiers is seen trying to control a crowd (probably near the International Settlement). They push the demonstrators back. Scene shifts to a group of Chinese men seated on the ground, eating bread. someone gives one of them a small tin box that he attempts to pry open.
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