Pelosi Statement on 29th Anniversary of Tiananmen Square Massacre
Contact: Ashley Etienne/Henry Connelly, 202-226-7616
Washington, D.C. – Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following statement marking the 29th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square Massacre, which occurred on June 4, 1989:
"Today, the world honors the extraordinary bravery of the Chinese freedom fighters who rose up to demand their rights and defy an oppressive and corrupt regime. Twenty-nine years after this heroic act, the image of a lone man standing resolute in the face of Chinese military tanks remains seared into the memory of all freedom-loving people, symbolizing all who yearn for a better future for themselves and their children. It is a profound injustice that the Chinese government continues to try to hide this history and deny these heroes’ legacy – a legacy that lives on in the millions across the globe who fight each day for a more hopeful, just and free future, and refuse to let the spirit of Tiananmen fade.
"The struggle for human rights and basic freedoms in China faced a tragic blow with the crushing loss of Liu Xiaobo, one of the great moral voices of our time. In his name, we must all speak out in defense of the journalists, human rights lawyers, democracy activists and religious freedom advocates who have been unjustly and unfairly jailed simply for aspiring for basic freedoms that are their birthright. All of us who enjoy freedom have a moral responsibility to amplify the voices of those who sacrifice their own safety to move their country and our world forward. We also urge China to heed the call to free Liu Xia from her unjust house arrest and allow her to travel wherever she may chose.
"In the name of the Tiananmen freedom fighters and all who fight for their rights and freedom, America must firmly condemn the many human rights abuses that China still commits. As we continue to examine our relationship with China, we must remember that if we fail to support human rights in China because of commercial interests, then we lose all moral authority to speak about human rights anywhere in the world. May the memory of Tiananmen, the victims and those still suffering strengthen our resolve to continue to fight for a world of freedom and better futures for all.”
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