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Taiwan’s president: Tiananmen massacre will never be forgotten

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The Tiananmen Square massacre will never be forgotten, says Taiwan’s President Lai Ching-te in connection with the 35th anniversary of the massacre. Photo: Chiang Ying-ying / AP / NTB

Of NTB | 04.06.2024 04:33:05

Crime and justice: Tuesday marks 35 years since hundreds of peaceful protesters – possibly thousands – were killed when China used military forces to quell protests in Beijing, and the arrests are linked to commemorations.

Many of those killed in 1989 were students who were at the forefront of China’s democracy movement. Discussion of the massacre is highly censored in China, and many young Chinese do not know what happened.

Taiwan commemorates the day every year. In Hong Kong, too, tens of thousands showed up every year for the annual commemoration, but this has been banned in line with Beijing’s stranglehold on Hong Kong’s democracy movement.

– The memories of June 4 will not be lost in the course of history, and we will continue to work hard to keep this historical memory alive for everyone who cares about Chinese democracy, writes Lai on Facebook.

– Because this reminds us that democracy and freedom are not easy to get, we must respond to autocracy with freedom, we must face the rise of authoritarian principles with courage, he writes further.

China considers Taiwan to be Chinese territory, but the island has its own government, its own military and its own currency. The country’s newly elected president is referred to by the Chinese authorities as a “dangerous separatist”.

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