U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo recalled on the 31st anniversary of the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre in Beijing, China, and published a photo in which he was accompanied by four of the dissidents and survivors of that painful event, committed by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).
Pompeo also referred to the law passed by the CCP to repress the Hong Kong people, deducing that it will deprive them of their rights, given the refusal to let them join in remembrance of the victims at the Tiananmen Vigil, as they had done without interruption.
“It starts. For the first time in 30 years, Hong Kong authorities denied permission for the Tiananmen Square Vigil. If there is any doubt about Beijing’s intent, it is to deny Hong Kongers a voice and a choice, making them the same as mainlanders. So much for two systems,” Pompeo wrote in a tweet.
It starts; so soon. For the first time in 30 years, Hong Kong authorities denied permission to hold the #TiananmenVigil. If there is any doubt about Beijing’s intent, it is to deny Hong Kongers a voice and a choice, making them the same as mainlanders. So much for two systems.
— Secretary Pompeo (@SecPompeo) June 2, 2020
Pompeo spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus also reported that Pompeo had met with four of the survivors of the June 4, 1989, massacre, when up to a million citizens claimed their rights.
“Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo was honored to meet yesterday with Wang Dan, Su Xiaokang, Liane Lee, and Henry Li—four of the thousands of brave participants in the heroic protests for democracy that were brutally put down by the Chinese Communist Party on June 4, 1989,” Ortagus announced.
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This is not the first time that Pompeo has expressed solidarity with the victims of the tragic event and their relatives.
In 2018 he said he remembered “the tragic loss of innocent lives,” adding, “We join others in the international community in urging the Chinese government to make a full public accounting of those killed, detained, or missing.”
Here he was referring to the fact that the CCP has not made public the number of people killed, detained, or disappeared during the 1989 crackdown on student-led pro-democracy protests in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square.
Repression against citizens in China today is such that the subject is taboo, and no one dares mention it, but thousands of relatives and friends of the disappeared suffer their pain in silence.
“The ghosts of June 4 have not yet been buried,” Chinese writer and dissident Liu Xiaobo, Nobel Peace Prize winner who died in 2017 in a CCP prison, dared to say.
Several doubts remain about the events, including whether the culprit of the massacre, Jiang Zemin, still alive, will be tried accordingly.