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In late 1978 huge "big character" posters began appearing on what came to be known as Democracy Wall in Beijing, China during a period known as Beijing Spring. The posters were questioning Mao and his political legacy. The Democracy Wall movement was suppressed in late 1979.

The Fifth Modernization was a signed wall poster placed by Wei Jingsheng (魏京生)[?] on December 5, 1978 on the Democracy Wall in Beijing. It was the first poster there that openly advocated further individual liberties. It caused a spectacle, espousing that freedom was the the only "modernization that really mattered rather than improved living standards. The poster was in response to the government's Four Modernizations campaign.

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