Special Broadcasting Service
Date: June 5, 2016
On the anniversary of China’s bloody crackdown on student-led protests in and around Beijing’s
Tiananmen Square, Taiwan’s new president has told China that democracy is nothing to fear.
Tsai Ing-wen said in a Facebook post on Saturday on the 27th anniversary that Taiwan could serve as an example to China.
Tsai said in the run-up to Taiwan’s elections earlier this year that she had seen people from China, as well as the Chinese territories of Hong Kong and Macau, mixing with crowds in Taiwan.
“These many friends, after experiencing things for themselves can see that in fact there’s nothing scary about democracy. Democracy is a good and fine thing,” wrote Tsai, who took office last month.
China sent in tanks to break up the demonstrations on June 4, 1989.
Beijing has never released a death toll but estimates from human rights groups and witnesses range from several hundred to several thousand. [FULL STORY]