June 5 2020
The United States yesterday reminded China that the world has not forgotten the “slaughter” of protesters in Tiananmen Square in 1989 and urged the country’s communist leaders to give their first accurate accounts of the incident.
“The Chinese Communist Party’s slaughter of unarmed Chinese civilians was a tragedy that will not be forgotten,” US President Donald Trump’s press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said in a statement on the 31st anniversary of the bloody crackdown in Beijing.
“The United States calls on China to honour the memory of those who lost their lives and to provide a full accounting of those who were killed, detained, or remain missing in connection with the events surrounding the Tiananmen Square massacre on June 4, 1989.”
The United States has issued a similar statement every year demanding the Chinese government to be held accountable for the incident.
Beijing has suppressed any public mention of the incident and never provided an official death toll of the incident, which many estimated to be in the thousands.
The annual mass vigil in Hong Kong to mark the anniversary of the incident has been banned as the communist leadership tries to tighten its central rule over the partially autonomous former British colony.
US-China relations have further deteriorated in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic which was first detected in China with Trump blaming Beijing for allowing the virus to spread across the world.