Washington/Hong Kong: The US secretary of State, Mike Pompeo has demanded, ‘China should disclose information about the horrible Tiananmen massacre carried out 29 years ago’. Pompeo reminded China of the famous statements by Nobel Peace Prize Winner ‘Liu Xiabo’ which say – ‘No matter how much China may try to suppress this information, the ghosts of June 4th have not yet been laid to rest.’ Upset with this, China has warned the United States not to interfere in its internal affairs.
In June 1989, a student organisation in China had launched a big agitation at the Tiananmen Square demanding democracy. Thousands of students along with the general public who were fed up of the military rule in China had participated in the agitation. The country had taken military action to crush the agitation which was perceived as a threat to the Communist Rule in China. Chinese military tanks had been deployed for this action on the 3rd and 4th June, when hundreds of students had died and hundreds of them were arrested. There were records that many people had gone missing during the action. These are the numbers given by the Communist government in China. But the actual number of people who died in the action is claimed to be much higher.
The Communist regime in China came under heavy criticism from around the world. But the Chinese government continued the action against its own people. In the past 29 years, China has not revealed any information about the Tiananmen agitation or the action against it. People are prohibited to talk about this on public forums or even in private. Protests are held every year in Hong Kong and other countries against this human massacre. But this year, after tightening its grip over Hong Kong, China has threatened strong action against the pro-democracy groups organising these protests.
The vice-chiarwoman of the pro-democracy group ‘Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements in China’, Chow Hang-tung, criticised this arrogant attitude of China. Saying that, ‘If China continues to be ruled by this one-party dictatorship, China will never see democracy. Hong Kong will never be free in the true sense,’ Hang-tung demanded an end to one-party dictatorship system of government in China.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo also lashed out at the pro-China government for the restrictions imposed on Hong Kong. He also demanded that the details of the numbers of people dead, missing and arrested in the Chinese army action at Tiananmen square should be declared. While making this demand, Secretary Pompeo mentioned ‘Xiabo’, who had raised his voice through his writings. Xiabo had warned that no matter how hard the Chinese government tried, the ghosts of Tiananmen Square will continue to haunt them.
The United States had never made such a demand in the past. China seems to be disturbed by this. Criticising Pompeo’s statement as a meaningless stunt, the Chinese government mouthpiece, the Global Times has warned the United States not to interfere with its internal affairs.