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June 4, 2019 9:16 AM
Pompeo Calls on China to Disclose Tiananmen Massacre Details
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The Washington Free Beacon:

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called on China Sunday to make a full accounting of the use of military tanks and troops in killing thousands of unarmed protesters seeking democracy in Beijing's Tiananmen Square 30 years ago this week.

"We urge the Chinese government to make a full, public accounting of those killed or missing to give comfort to the many victims of this dark chapter of history," Pompeo said in a statement marking the 30th anniversary of the June 4, 1989, massacre. "Such a step would begin to demonstrate the Communist Party's willingness to respect human rights and fundamental freedoms."

It was the first time a senior U.S. official had demanded a full accounting from the Chinese government.

As many as 10,000 people were killed when Chinese Communist Party leaders ordered the People's Liberation Army (PLA) to send tanks and armored vehicles into Beijing's main square, where tens of thousands of pro-democracy protesters had camped out to demand political reforms and an end to corruption. Facebook iconFacebook Fark iconFark Furl iconFurl
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