You are here

Hillary Rodham Clinton, Message on the Twentieth Anniversary of Tiananmen Square, June 3, 2009

U.S. Secretary of State Clinton issued the following statement.
June 3, 2009
Print

Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Washington, DC
June 3, 2009

On this the 20th anniversary of the violent suppression of demonstrations in Tiananmen Square by Chinese authorities, we should remember the tragic loss of hundreds of innocent lives and reflect upon the meaning of the events that preceded that day.

Hundreds of thousands of protesters took to the streets for weeks, in Beijing and around the country, first to honor the late reformist leader Hu Yaobang and then to demand basic rights denied to them.

A China that has made enormous progress economically, and that is emerging to take its rightful place in global leadership, should examine openly the darker events of its past and provide a public accounting of those killed, detained or missing, both to learn and to heal.

This anniversary provides an opportunity for Chinese authorities to release from prison all those still serving sentences in connection with the events surrounding June 4, 1989. We urge China to cease the harassment of participants in the demonstrations and begin dialogue with the family members of victims, including the Tiananmen Mothers. China can honor the memory of that day by moving to give the rule of law, protection of internationally-recognized human rights, and democratic development the same priority as it has given to economic reform.

Print

Events

May 30, 2019 - 7:00pm
Los Angeles, California

Free screening followed by a Q&A with Director/SCA Alumna Nahnatchka Khan. 

May 31, 2019 - 10:00am
Los Angeles, California

This exhibit features photos, videos, publications, etc. from the East Asian Library to commemorate the centennial anniversary of the March First Movement in Korea and May Fourth Movement in China. (March 4 - May 31, 2019)