US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Tuesday, June 2, met with participants in student protests in Tiananmen Square 1989. About this in connection with the 31st anniversary of the suppression of demonstrations in Beijing, the US State Department.
The meeting was attended by four protesters who now live in the West: student movement leaders Wang Dan and Henry Lee, reform movement ideologist and writer Su Xiaokang, and Lian Li, a student who came to Beijing to protest from Hong Kong.
Details of the conversation with the protesters are not given. However, the meeting was held against the backdrop of worsening relations between the US and China on a number of issues, including trade, the coronavirus pandemic, and protests in Hong Kong.
In addition, it is noteworthy that at the same time in the United States there were protests against racism in connection with the death of African American George Floyd, which US President Donald Trump urged to severely suppress.
The State Department’s statement states that the authorities mourn the victims of June 4, 1989 and support the people of China, who “continue to strive for a government that protects human rights, fundamental freedoms and human dignity.”
In 1989, from April 15 to June 4, a series of student protests against corruption took place in Beijing on Tiananmen Square. On June 4, the Chinese army suppressed the protests, the official number of victims is 242 people.