international solidarity

TIANANMEN 20 YEARS ON: Democracy activists criticize Ma over massacrestatement

By Loa Iok-sin
Friday, Jun 05, 2009, Page 3

Taiwan Association for Human Rights secretary-general Tsai Chi-hsun (蔡季勳) and Chinese democracy activists criticized President Ma Ying-jeou’s (馬英九) statement released yesterday to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square Massacre.

“Ma’s statement was too weak,” Tsai told the Taipei Times. “He mentioned remembering history, the 228 Incident and the White Terror but didn’t condemn human rights abuses in China today.”

June 4th is a test of our belief in democracy and human rights

Taiwan’s civil society supports the commemoration of the twentieth anniversary of June 4th

We still remember, exactly twenty years ago, how we shed tears as we watched on television the tanks roll into Beijing city, the blood stream down the faces of students and ordinary citizens. We also remember, how Taiwanese politicians both in government and in opposition condemned the Chinese Communist Party, and how celebrities held hands and sang for the demonstrators. We remember, that was the “Wound of History.” [1]

Free Tibet! Go Home! The 50th Anniversary of 310 Tibetans NationalUprising Day

On March 10, 1959, the Tibetans in Lhasa took to the streets, demanding the withdrawal of Chinese troops marching into and stationing there since 1949. After a few weeks, tens of thousands of Tibetans were killed and injured in this protest. The temples were damaged in large-scale. Dalai Lama brought 120 thousand Tibetans fled to exile in India and began the lives without freedom and home for half a century.