On the 31st anniversary of China’s Tienanmen Square massacre, The White House has released a statement urging Beijing to respect human rights, including the right to protest, while simultaneously threatening to deploy the US military to quell civil rights protests across America.
The statement released by the White House today urged the Chinese government to respect the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, to which the US is also a signatory, and to uphold the rights of it’s citizens.
“The American people stand together with all Chinese citizens in their pursuit of fundamental rights, including the right to accountable and representative governance and freedom of speech, assembly, and religious belief.”
These messages of peace and freedom from the President however seem be at odds with some detractors, notably the President. In an interview from a 1990 issue of Playboy Magazine, Trump expressed a slightly differing opinion on dealing with civil unrest.
“When the students poured into Tienanmen Square, the Chinese government almost blew it. Then they were vicious, they were horrible, but they put it down with strength,” stated the future President.
“That shows you the power of strength.”
The Chinese government have made their own comments on the importance of democracy via state controlled television, responding “American politicians must ask themselves, on what grounds do they spew their sanctimonious nonsense? Shouldn’t they ask the American people for forgiveness?”
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