Press Release ● Foreign Affairs
For Immediate Release: 
June 4, 2020
Contact Info: 
Mariel Saez 202-225-3130
WASHINGTON, DC – House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today marking 31 years since the Tiananmen Square massacre: 

“Thirty-one years ago, the Chinese government in Beijing brutally and violently disbursed peaceful protestors in Tiananmen Square. The people had come to express their hope for democracy in China and for greater individual freedoms at a moment when communist and totalitarian regimes across the world were collapsing. As we mark the anniversary of that day and remember those killed and injured, we do so with the painful recognition that little has changed. China remains unfree, its people unable to express themselves without fear of reprisal, its leaders embracing brute force to stifle hope. 
 
“In Hong Kong, in Tibet, and in Uyghur communities, the Chinese government’s drive for absolute control and uniformity has led to murder and gross violations of human rights. My thoughts today are with those in Hong Kong who have been marking this anniversary with a powerful vigil each year and who have vowed to defy Beijing’s order to refrain doing so for the first time. 
 
“No order from a government leader can silence grieving. No amount of force or violence can defeat a nation’s yearning for freedom and justice. This is true in China just as it is everywhere in the world. It is true in our own country as well. When our government emulates China’s in using force to dispel peaceful protests, America loses its moral ground in standing up for freedom globally. 
 
“The Democratic-led House, however, will continue to stand up for the rights of all people here at home and abroad, and we express the solidarity of the American people with Hong Kong and with all who courageously dare to confront Beijing by demanding freedom and human rights. That’s why the House twice passed legislation condemning China’s crackdown in Hong Kong and why we acted last month to pass the Uyghur Human Rights Act. We will continue to represent the American people’s unity with all who yearn and strive for freedom throughout the world.”