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For Immediate Release: 
June 4, 2014
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Stephanie Young, 202-225-3130

WASHINGTON, DC - House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today marking the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square Massacre, which occurred on June 4, 1989:

“In the early hours of June 4, 1989, thousands of students and pro-reform activists who had gathered peacefully in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square were cruelly and forcibly suppressed by Chinese military forces using live ammunition and tanks – implements of war set upon civilians demanding freedom of speech and an end to government corruption.  No matter how much China’s Communist leadership has tried to censor the events of that day, the brutal and bloody crackdown remains one of the twentieth century’s most powerful moments of human freedom confronting oppression. 

“Though China has changed much in the past twenty-five years, hundreds of millions of people in that country are still barred from learning about democracy through the Internet and other media, from publicly memorializing those who lost their lives in the Tiananmen Square crackdown, and from demanding full accountability from their leaders.  As the United States continues to forge a relationship with China that seeks to benefit the people of both nations, we must continue to push for greater openness in that country, an expanded commitment to safeguarding human rights, and more opportunities for the Chinese people to have a say in how they are governed.  We must never forget those who lost their lives demanding the basic rights all people deserve.”