On Capitol Hill, House Speaker John Boehner, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and Congress Representatives, along with quite a few Chinese activists, attended the 25th year anniversary of “June 4 Tiananmen Square Massacre” news releasing conference on May 29. A day earlier, a resolution, “stop censoring information about the June 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre” passed in the House by a strongly bipartisan 379-1 vote. The resolution urges the party to publicize the truth of June 4 and stop information censoring and respect human rights.
The U.S. Congress commemorated the Tiananmen Square Massacre of 1989 and passed the resolution of urging the Government of the People’s Republic of China to stop censoring discussion of the 1989 Tiananmen Square demonstrations and their violent suppression. The resolution urges the government to respect freedom of assembly, expression, religion and all fundamental human rights for all of its citizens. It also calls on the United States to make human rights, including religious freedom, a priority in bilateral discussions with China.
Huang Ciping, Executive Director of “Wei Jingsheng Funding” said that it’s touching that both House Speaker John Boehner and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi attended and spoke at the event commemorating the Tiananmen Square Massacre of 1989. It’s good to see two parties achieve consent on the Tiananmen Square event despite of their usual political differences.
REP. Nancy. Pelosi talked about all the courage it took for Wang Weilin to stand before a rolling column of tanks. The sad thing about it is that in China today, most young people haven’t the faintest idea of what happened.
House Democratic Leader, REP. Nancy. Pelosi: “25 years ago, as we all know, people rose up in Tiananmen Square to demand their right, to demand dignity and respect, to demand a voice. They wanted to end corruption and begin a real economic and political reform. They were demonstrating peacefully, while tanks came rolling down the street toward the square.”
House Speaker REP. John Boehner: “Some China used leaders were nervous about how the world would react to Tiananmen Square once. ‘They’ll soon forget’ They were banking on that, and they still are. Today, the most popular Chinese search engine blocks at least 19 derivations of 6/4. But you can’t overcome the past by ignoring them, so we stand here today. We’ll never forget. The truth will always overcome the lies. ”
Rep. Chris Smith, the originator of this commemorating event stated that as long as Chinese people can’t openly discuss the importance of “June 4th” without being harassed and arrested in China, Americans won’t forget “Tiananmen Square Massacre”.
Representative Chris Smith (R-NJ): “Despite its once economic and military gains, the ugly spirit of government repression like Tiananmen continues today, unabated, often behind closed doors, in a lao gai (labor camp), throughout China. Chinese government remains the most grievous offender of human rights in the world. Religious believers, Christians, Uygurs, Tibetans, Buddhists and Falungong practitioners are persecuted with absolute impunity. ”
Yang Jianli, the founder of “Citizen Power” also attended the conference. Mr. Yang said that it’s very meaningful for the U.S. Congress to pass resolutions, sign public letters or hold hearings and news release conferences to commemorate June 4.
Yang Jianli:”The U.S. Congress is releasing a signal to China and the world that June 4 has never been forgotten. The Tiananmen Square Massacre of 25 years ago has never been forgotten. We have never forgotten the pursuits of the heroes at Tiananmen Square. Their aims haven’t yet been realized in China. In addition, Chinese government continues suppressing those who hold similar pursuits as the heroes of June 4th. Those who call for freedom, democracy, anti-corruption are still being persecuted in China.”
The resolution calls on the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) to take appropriate steps to circumvent Chinese internet censorship and to provide information to the people of China about the Tiananmen Square Massacre.
Yang Jianli:”The U.S. International Broadcasting Bureau(IBB) oversees ‘Voice of America(VOA)’ and ‘Radio Free China(RFC)’ They can share resources with each other. We know the firewall in China can block a lot of information. However, IBB can utilize its resources to develop some software to help China’s internet users to obtain the information they need.”
In the name of House Speaker John Boehner, the U.S. Congress is going to raise a national flag on Capitol Hill to commemorate those who lost their lives on June 4 and those who sacrifice for China’s democracy.