JUNE 4, 2019
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Ottawa, ON – The Hon. Andrew Scheer, Leader of Canada’s Conservatives, issued the following statement on the 30th Anniversary of the Tiananmen Square Massacre:
“Today, Canadians of Chinese heritage join Chinese people around the world to remember the victims who were horrifically attacked at Beijing’s Tiananmen Square on June 4th, 1989.
“After weeks of peaceful demonstrations in Tiananmen Square, which means 'gate of heavenly peace', military troops marched and opened fire on the crowd of unarmed civilians, killing hundreds, possibly thousands of people. Thousands of survivors were arrested and dozens of others were executed for their participation in the demonstrations, which were thereby suppressed. This violent crackdown on Chinese people peacefully expressing their views by Communist Party rulers is deeply troubling.
“Thirty years later, many Chinese citizens are still persecuted for their efforts to speak out or even commemorate the victims of the 1989 Tiananmen protests, including the relatives of those that were killed.
“I believe that the right to speak freely, as well as the rights to free assembly and association, are inherent human rights and fundamental to any peaceful society. I encourage everyone to remember the victims of the human rights violations that occurred in Tiananmen Square 30 years ago. By publicly acknowledging a difficult past, nations can move towards a more prosperous and harmonious future by firmly resolving to never again let these atrocities happen. I hope that the memory of these events will lead to peace, mutual respect, and recognition of everyone’s right to their freedom and dignity.
“Canada’s Conservatives will always speak out against injustices that take place around the world, standing for freedom, democracy and human rights wherever these fundamental values are under attack.
“On behalf of Canada’s Conservatives, I join all Canadians of Chinese heritage and Chinese people around the world to remember the victims of Tiananmen Square.”
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