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Chowa Choo | Epoch Times

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Xu Youyu, a philosophy professor at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences and a former Red Guard

The European Union voiced concern on May 28 over the recent crackdown human rights activists by Communist Party authorities in China before the approaching anniversary of the Tiananmen massacre, the military crackdown that took place on June 4, 1989 .
“We are deeply concerned by the recent arrests and detentions of a large number of peaceful human rights defenders, lawyers and intellectuals,” said a statement released on May 28 by the European External Action Service, a run by the EU foreign affairs and security policy chief Catherine Ashton.
Among the arrested and detained are Hu Shigen, a lecturer at Beijing University, Xu Youyu, a researcher at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, and Hao Jian, a professor at the Beijing Film Academy.
Not only so called dissidents are targeted by the Chinese regime in a string of detentions ahead of the 25th anniversary of the 1989 crackdown on pro-democracy protests in Tiananmen Square, according to her family, Beijing police have detained a Chinese news assistant for a Japanese newspaper.
The EU statement quoted::. “While acknowledging China’s advancement of the economic and social wellbeing of its
people in the past 25 years, the EU also hopes to see greater space open up for discussion
and debate about China’s recent history and for lawyers, human rights defenders and
journalists to carry out their work without harassment or interference.”
“We also urge the Chinese authorities to ensure that, where needed, detainees have rapid
access to independent and adequate medical care, in order to avoid a repetition of recent deaths in custody. The EU is willing to co-operate with China towards the release of
detainees on humanitarian grounds”, resumed the statement.
Millions of Chinese supported the democracy protests that began in April of 1989, calling for an end to corruption and more democracy. The massacre is commonly called the June Fourth Incident in Chinese, when civilians were gunned down in Beijing by a battalion of the People’s Liberation Army. The event was covered by journalists in Beijing and shocked the world. Communist Party leaders in China still center news and information about the massacre.
Reports compiled by Human Rights in China (HRIC), a Chinese NGO founded in March 1989 by overseas Chinese students and scientists, show scores of arrests and detentions since April this year.
In its recent communication, the EU called on China to abide by universal human rights laws and respect freedoms of conscience, expression, and association, and to release all political detainees.

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