“The Cuban government was one of the very few that publicly supported the June 4th crackdown on Chinese protesters in 1989. The Cuban foreign minister commended Chinese authorities for“defeating the counter revolutionary acts.”
China’s communist regime defends June 1989 massacre calling it an “incident” but free Chinese seek to set the record straight
“To forget the victims means to kill them a second time. So I couldn’t prevent the first death. I surely must be capable of saving them from a second death.” – Elie Wiesel explained in his 1986 Nobel Lecture
Chinese Communist Defense Minister Wei Fenghe on June 2, 2019 at a regional forum defended the Tiananmen Square massacre claiming “[t]hat incident was a political turbulence and the central government took measures to stop the turbulence, which is a correct policy,” and an official newspaper, The Global Times, doubled down claiming thatthe mass killings and crackdown were “[a]s a vaccination for the Chinese society, the Tiananmen incident will greatly increase China’s immunity against any major political turmoil in the future.” The message is clear the Communist Chinese regime in China is willing to kill large numbers of Chinese to remain in power.
A 2017 declassified British diplomatic cable revealed that “at least 10,000 people were killed in the Chinese army’s crackdown on pro-democracy protesters in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square in June 1989.”
“We must also remember the courage of the late Nobel Laureate Liu Xiaobo who saved the lives of many young Chinese in Tiananmen Square in June of 1989 obtaining safe passage for them and persuaded these students to leave before the massacre unfolded. This courageous and nonviolent human rights defender was jailed in 2008 and died on July 13, 2017.
The Cuban government was one of the very few that publicly supported the June 4th crackdown on Chinese protesters in 1989. The Cuban foreign minister commended Chinese authorities for“defeating the counter revolutionary acts.”
This pattern would continue for the next 30 years. In the year when the 20th anniversary of Tiananmen was observed, China underwent its first Universal Periodic Review (UPR) on February 9, 2009. During this session the Cuban Ambassador, Mr. Juan Antonio Fernández Palacios, after a short, ideologically biased and rambling run through of Chinese history then recommended that the Chinese regime repress human rights defenders in China with greater toughness.
Other countries, either for ideological or economic interests, have given China a pass on human rights. This is already having terrible consequences and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future.
The second largest economy in the world, now modernizing its military, and projecting itself onto the international scenedefends the mass murder of its own people as government policy. Let that sink in for a moment.
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