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China Castigates U.S. Over Tribute to Tiananmen Protesters

Jun 05 , 2019

China’s government lashed out Tuesday at Secretary of State Mike Pompeo for commemorating the “heroic” protests leading to the violent crackdown at Beijing’s Tiananmen Square in 1989, warning that its critics would “end up in the ash heap of history.”

The statement by the Chinese embassy in Washington came after Mr. Pompeo marked the 30th anniversary of the massacre and called for a full accounting of those killed when security forces moved against demonstrators.

Mr. Pompeo, who is traveling in Europe, said in a statement issued Monday: “We honor the heroic protest movement of the Chinese people that ended on June 4, 1989, when the Chinese Communist Party leadership sent tanks into Tiananmen Square to violently repress peaceful demonstrations calling for democracy, human rights and an end to rampant corruption.”

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