Berlin calls on Beijing to release political prisoners

On the anniversary of the dispersal of the peaceful protest in Tiananmen Square, the German government appealed to Beijing to respect human rights.

On the 31st anniversary of the protests in Tiananmen Square in Beijing, the German government called on the Chinese authorities to release the participants of the then demonstrations. On Thursday, June 4, German government commissioner for human rights Bärbel Kofler urged the Chinese authorities to respect human rights and fundamental rights of citizens.

“What happened 31 years ago in Beijing and many other places in China cannot be forgotten, and these events must not be repeated,” Kofler said. “We are reminded of the people who peacefully stood up for reform and their beliefs,” she added.

Dispersal of a peaceful demonstration in Tiananmen Square in 1989

However, the German Government Commissioner for Human Rights regretted that a picket to commemorate the protests in Tiananmen Square was banned in Hong Kong for the first time this year. The Hong Kong authorities explained this ban by restrictions aimed at fighting the coronavirus.

On June 4, 1989, the Chinese government dispersed a peaceful demonstration of students who had marched on Tiananmen Square with tanks demanding that their democratic rights be respected. According to some estimates, more than a thousand demonstrators were killed in the process.