WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Speier (D-San Francisco/San Mateo) issued the following statement today marking the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square Massacre when the Chinese army stormed a mass demonstration in Tiananmen Square, killing thousands of people on June 4, 1989.

“The student-led demonstrators who occupied Tiananmen Square 25 years ago today stood tall for the same civil liberties that Americans often take for granted,” Congresswoman Jackie Speier said. “Their yearning for a democratic society free from censorship and corruption drew a horrific government response. Innocent people were gunned down as tanks rolled through the streets of Beijing and freedom seekers stood boldly in their paths.

“China’s communist regime tries desperately to erase the past by hiding the truth but the sacrifices of the Tiananmen Square demonstrators will never be forgotten. Freedom of speech, freedom to peaceably assemble, freedom of the press, and democratic self-government are basic human rights. Today, I join in solidarity with the Chinese people and the international community on the 25th anniversary of the crushing of the Beijing Spring and commemorate those who lost their lives because they demanded freedom. Their pleas for self-determination and a just society live on,” Congresswoman Jackie Speier said.

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Congresswoman Jackie Speier is proud to represent California’s 14th Congressional District, which includes parts of San Francisco and San Mateo counties. She is a senior member of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform and the House Armed Services Committee (HASC). In her role on the Oversight and Government Reform Committee, the Congresswoman is a ranking member on the Subcommittee on Energy Policy, Health Care, and Entitlements and serves on the Subcommittee on National Security. She serves on the Readiness Subcommittee and the Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee on HASC and is a member of the House Gun Violence Prevention Task Force.