The Communist China regime is of course suppressing any information on the massacre in mainland China.
Large crowds have gathered in Hong Kong to remember the Tiananmen Square Massacre perpetrated by the brutal Communist Party of China.
Candlelight vigils were held, even as Beijing censored talk of the massacre in mainland China.
Ironically, China’s massive army of censors have to be told the truth about the massacre, so they know what to look for when hiding the truth from others.
Many Western nations released statements on the 30th anniversary of the massacre. Below, you can read the statements from Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland, and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
“Today, Canadians join others around the world in commemorating the 30th anniversary of the violent crackdown against unarmed and peaceful citizens in and around Beijing’s Tiananmen Square on June 4, 1989.
“Canada asks Chinese authorities to break the silence on these events by openly accounting for the Chinese citizens who were killed, detained or went missing.
“Under the Chinese constitution, Chinese citizens should enjoy freedom of speech, assembly, association and belief. Canada supports these fundamental human rights and stands with all those prevented from exercising their rights.
Thirty years later, the struggle for basic freedoms continues for human rights defenders in China, including lawyers and journalists. We call upon China to uphold all of its human rights obligations and for the release of those who have been unjustly and arbitrarily detained.”
“On June 4, we honor the heroic protest movement of the Chinese people that ended on June 4, 1989, when the Chinese Communist Party leadership sent tanks into Tiananmen Square to violently repress peaceful demonstrations calling for democracy, human rights, and an end to rampant corruption. The hundreds of thousands of protesters who gathered in Beijing and in other cities around China suffered grievously in pursuit of a better future for their country. The number of dead is still unknown. We express our deep sorrow to the families still grieving their lost loved ones, including the courageous Tiananmen Mothers, who have never stopped seeking accountability, despite great personal risk. The events of thirty years ago still stir our conscience, and the conscience of freedom-loving people around the world.
Over the decades that followed, the United States hoped that China’s integration into the international system would lead to a more open, tolerant society. Those hopes have been dashed. China’s one-party state tolerates no dissent and abuses human rights whenever it serves its interests. Today, Chinese citizens have been subjected to a new wave of abuses, especially in Xinjiang, where the Communist Party leadership is methodically attempting to strangle Uighur culture and stamp out the Islamic faith, including through the detention of more than one million members of Muslim minority groups. Even as the party builds a powerful surveillance state, ordinary Chinese citizens continue to seek to exercise their human rights, organize independent unions, pursue justice through the legal system, and simply express their views, for which many are punished, jailed, and even tortured.
We salute the heroes of the Chinese people who bravely stood up thirty years ago in Tiananmen Square to demand their rights. Their exemplary courage has served as an inspiration to future generations calling for freedom and democracy around the world, beginning with the fall of the Berlin Wall and the end of communism in Eastern Europe in the months that followed.
We urge the Chinese government to make a full, public accounting of those killed or missing to give comfort to the many victims of this dark chapter of history. Such a step would begin to demonstrate the Communist Party’s willingness to respect human rights and fundamental freedoms. We call on China to release all those held for seeking to exercise these rights and freedoms, halt the use of arbitrary detention, and reverse counterproductive policies that conflate terrorism with religious and political expression. China’s own constitution stipulates that all power belongs to the people. History has shown that nations are stronger when governments are responsive to their citizens, respect the rule of law, and uphold human rights and fundamental freedoms.”
In the two statements – particularly Pompeo’s – it is clear to see that many Western nations are no longer pretending that China is going to become a free market democratic nation. Instead, the realization is being made that China is ruled by a brutally authoritarian Communist Cabal determined to supplant the West and reshape the world in a Communist image.
That’s why it’s essential remember the Tiananmen Square massacre, because it shows what the Communist Party of China is really about.
When a million pro-freedom Chinese citizens came together in Tiananmen Square, they advocated for more democracy and freedom in the Communist State.
The Communist Party responded by opening fire on their own people, with up to 10,000 being massacred.
China’s official propaganda position is basically to claim nothing happened. People can’t even make comments on China’s social media that include the words ‘Tiananmen Square.’
Things are somewhat more free in Hong Kong, but even there the Communists are encroaching on the ‘One Country, Two Systems’ approach that was promised, and are cracking down on freedom.
It remains to be seen how much longer people in Hong Kong will be able to openly gather and commemorate the Tiananmen Square Massacre.
Below, you can see videos of the commemoration in Hong Kong:
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