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Tsai blasts China for covering up Tiananmen Square Incident

2019/06/04 13:17:59

President Tsai Ing-wen CNA file photo

Taipei, June 4 (CNA) President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) on Tuesday blasted China for covering up the facts of the Tiananmen Square crackdown on June 4, 1989, which it has been estimated resulted in the deaths of over 1,000 pro-democracy protesters.

In a Facebook message marking the 30th anniversary of the June Fourth Incident, Tsai said the world's focus is now on the facts behind the massacre and China's erosion of Hong Kong's democracy.

Several days ago, Tsai said, Feng Congde (封從德), an exiled Tiananmen Square protest leader, was barred from entering Hong Kong to attend a candlelight vigil marking incident's 30th anniversary.

She added that China's Ministry of National Defense has even argued that the crackdown on the pro-democracy movement and killing of protesters in Tiananmen Square was correct.

Tsai said these unfavorable developments show that the Chinese government remains reluctant to review what it did to these young protesters and simply wants to cover up the facts of the incident.

"People around the world who pursue freedom and democracy are unlikely to agree with such practice," Tsai said.

"Whether a country is civilized or not all depends on how it treats its people and how it faces its mistakes," Tsai added.

Commenting on Hong Kong, Tsai said democracy in the territory is deteriorating under China's "one country, two systems" political formula. She said Hong Kong's retreating democracy was evidence that "a democracy and an authoritarian regime cannot co-exist within one country."

In a speech on Jan. 2, Chinese President Xi Jinping (習近平) proposed the "one country, two systems" model for reunification with Taiwan and called for negotiations with representatives of various sectors in Taiwan on the issue. While advocating peaceful reunification with China, Xi said Beijing will not give up the use of force to achieve reunification if necessary.

Tsai said to the people of Hong Kong that Taiwan is determined to safeguard democracy and take on threats from China. "As long as I'm President, Taiwan will not yield to such pressure" from China.

Tsai said freedom is like air, in the sense that any depletion can be suffocating. At such times, the importance of air is self evident and the same is true of freedom.

At the end of her Facebook message, Tsai urged the public not to forget the Tiananmen incident.

(By Wen Kuei-hsiang and Frances Huang)
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