Czech Parliament and Clergy Comment on 1989 Tiananmen Square Massacre


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Marking the 22nd anniversary of the 1989 Tiananmen Square student massacre in Beijing, members of the Czech Parliament and a member of the clergy express their opinions about the democracy movement. They also comment on the totalitarian rule of the communist regime and the lack of freedom and human rights in present day China.

Members of the Czech Parliament and a Catholic bishop are condemning the Chinese communist regime’s violent suppression during the Tiananmen Square massacre that happened back on June 4th, 1989.

[Marek Benda, Czech MP]:
“It has been over 20 years, but for all of us, at the time it was a shocking story. The idea that someone could really drive tanks into protesting students seemed absolutely impossible to us.”

[Stanislav Polcak, Czech MP]:
“I think that it was, of course, a huge uprising of people, and how the regime treated them, I would say is an absolute expression of just pure totalitarianism.”

According to Catholic bishop Vaclav Maly, the Chinese Communist Party could only resort to violence and suppression.

[Vaclav Maly, Catholic Bishop]:
“The massacre that happened in Tiananmen Square in Beijing in 1989 is a black spot on the modern history of China. It is a great shame that the Chinese government was at its wit’s end at the time, and could not come up with any means other than to violently suppress—primarily the students’ natural desire for freedom—the freedom of gathering and the freedom of speech.”

Czech MPs Stanislav Polcak and Marek Benda say there has been no improvement of human rights in China, not just for democracy activists, but for other groups and individuals as well.

[Marek Benda, Czech MP]:
“The Chinese government has made certain efforts to show a nicer face to the world, such as the Olympic Games and the World Exhibition, but it seems that these days...