Tiananmen massacre anniversary: China trying to erase history, threaten human rights, says US
US Secretary of State said there have been attempts to remove the traces of history by removing Tiananmen memorials, reports ANI.
- US Secretary of State said there have been attempts to remove the traces of history by removing Tiananmen memorials.
- Blinken called the Tiananmen Square protestors brave in their will to demand democracy while protesting peacefully.
- On June 3 and 4, PLA soldiers fired upon and killed untold numbers of peaceful protesters and bystanders.
Commemorating the 33rd anniversary of the Tiananmen massacre where the Chinese government carried out mass killings of pro-democracy demonstrators, US Secretary of State, Antony Blinken said that despite attempts to eradicate history, the US continues to promote respect for human rights whenever they are ‘threatened’. Blinken called the Tiananmen Square protestors brave in their will to demand democracy while protesting peacefully. The US secretary said that there have been attempts to remove the traces of history by the removal of Tiananmen memorials.
The US Secretary said the US honours the memory of the fallen protestors and upholds human rights even as they are violated and threatened by some. Taking to Twitter, Blinken wrote, "33 years have passed since the world watched brave demonstrators and bystanders peacefully demand democracy in Tiananmen Square. Despite the removal of memorials and attempts to erase history, we honor their memory by promoting respect for human rights wherever threatened."
Notably, the Tiananmen Massacre took place after the peaceful gatherings of students, workers, and others in Beijing`s Tiananmen Square and other Chinese cities in April 1989, calling for freedom of expression, accountability, and an end to corruption. The government responded to the intensifying protests in late May 1989 by declaring martial law.
On June 3 and 4, the People`s Liberation Army (PLA) soldiers fired upon and killed untold numbers of peaceful protesters and bystanders. In Beijing, some citizens attacked army convoys and burned vehicles in response to the military`s violence. Following the killings, the government carried out a nationwide crackdown and arrested thousands of people on "counter-revolution" and other criminal charges, including arson and disrupting social order.
The government has never accepted responsibility for the massacre or held any officials legally accountable for the killings. Chinese authorities, over the last year, have increased the harassment and persecution of activists for commemorating the June 04, 1989 Tiananmen Massacre, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said. The Chinese government should acknowledge and take responsibility for the mass killing of pro-democracy demonstrators, it added.
A few months ago, Hong Kong`s universities removed the Tiananmen memorials. In December 2021, the University of Hong Kong removed "Pillar of Shame," a large sculpture commemorating the massacre victims, from the university premises.