Blinken on anniversary of protests in Beijing: US will continue to protect human rights in China and around the world
WASHINGTON, June 3 – RIA Novosti. In a statement marking the 34th anniversary of the 1989 Tiananmen Square student protests in Beijing, US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken pledged that Washington will continue to defend human rights in China and around the world.
Blinken added that the US administration viewed the events in Tiananmen Square on June 4, 1989 as “brutal repression” by the PRC government against “peaceful pro-democracy Chinese protesters and their supporters”.
The student revolt that broke out in Beijing on April 15, 1989 reached its climax on June 4. Then the Chinese military suppressed the protests of the students demanding democratic reform with the help of tanks. The exact number of victims is still controversial. According to official figures, more than 200 people died and about 7,000 were injured, while human rights activists cite thousands of deaths.
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