Washington, D.C. – Speaker Nancy Pelosi released the following statement marking 31 years since the Tiananmen Square Massacre, which occurred on June 4, 1989:
“Every June 4, freedom-loving people worldwide pause to remember the courage of the students, workers and citizens who peacefully defied an oppressive Chinese regime to demand their liberties, only to be met with violence and death. The image of a lone man before the tank is seared into our collective memory as a reminder of the values for which we must always fight: freedom, justice, and human rights.
“In 1991, I stood with colleagues in Tiananmen Square and unfurled a black-and-white banner reading: ‘To those who died for democracy.’ Sadly, three decades after the Tiananmen Massacre, we see that China’s record of human rights abuse has not changed – from the brutal campaign of repression perpetrated against the Uyghurs, to the decades-long abuse faced by the Tibetan people, to Hong Kong’s ongoing struggle for the freedoms promised long ago, and to the plight of the journalists, human rights lawyers, Christians and democracy advocates unjustly imprisoned on the mainland.
“For three decades, the United States Congress on a bipartisan basis has been united in its strong support for human rights in China and for all who are oppressed by Beijing. Over the past year, the House has proudly taken action to hold Beijing accountable for its ongoing human rights abuses, passing landmark legislation that includes the Uyghur Human Rights Policy Act, the Tibet Policy and Support Act, and the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act.
“As the President prepares to implement this critical bipartisan legislation, we urge him to join us in support of a strategic plan to confront Beijing, working together with our allies.
“During this moment of national anguish, let us remember how the Tiananmen heroes raised a Goddess of Democracy in the image of our own Statue of Liberty and quoted America’s Founders – and may those memories move us to ensure that America truly lives up to its ideals.”
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