June 6th, 2017 | Victims of Communism

Victims of Communism — Memorial Foundation

June 6th, 2017


Chinese Police Detain Activists Who Marked Tiananmen Bloodshed in Public, Online
Authorities in the eastern Chinese province of Jiangsu have detained a Nanjing-based activist after he staged a public memorial ceremony for the victims of the 1989 Tiananmen massacre on Sunday’s 28th anniversary. Shi Tingfu was taken away by police after he defied a nationwide ban on public events marking the anniversary of the 1989 student movement and the subsequent bloody crackdown by the People’s Liberation Army (PLA). His home was also searched by police from the Saihongqiao police station, who confiscated his computer and cell phone. Shi is now being held under criminal detention on suspicion of “picking quarrels and stirring up trouble” in the Yuhuatai Detention Center. Shi called on bystanders to remember that Sunday was “a sad day for many mothers,” and asked them to post footage and photos of his speech online to make more people aware of the 28th anniversary of the crackdown.

EU-China Trade Tensions Undermine Climate Unity
David M. Herszenhorn & Jakob Hanke, POLITICO
Europe and China’s efforts to show a common front on climate change against US President Donald Trump stumbled when Brussels and Beijing failed to bridge their differences on trade. At an annual EU-China summit shadowed by Trump’s decision to pull out of the Paris climate accord, top EU officials and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang agreed on policies against global warming and the challenges posed by North Korea but did not resolve core disagreements on trade policy. European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker went so far as to suggest that China’s continuing overproduction of steel was helping to fan populist political sentiment in Europe.

What Happened In Tiananmen Square on June 4, 1989?
In the Spring of 1989, the Chinese people came together in Tiananmen Square and in cities across China to demand an end to corruption and a start at democratic reform. In the early hours of June 4th, the Chinese Communist Party responded by sending in the People’s Liberation Army to enact a military crackdown and a massacre. Today, the CCP has banned any mention of what happened that day. But the people of China and the world cannot forget the Party’s decision to murder peaceful and unarmed protesters, many of them students.


As China Pulls Trade From North Korea, Russia Gets Cozy With Kim Jong-un
Oren Dorell, USA TODAY
As China responds to President Trump’s call to pressure North Korea to curb its rogue weapons programs, Russia has stepped in to help the hermit nation stay connected to the rest of the world. Trade between Russia and North Korea increased by 73 percent during the first two months of 2017 compared to the same period the year before, boosted mostly by increased coal deliveries from Russia, according to Russian state-owned news site Sputnik. China, North Korea’s chief political and economic benefactor, said it had curbed coal deliveries to North Korea and taken other steps aimed at persuading North Korean leader Kim Jong-un to halt his nuclear and ballistic missile development programs.

North Korea Rejects South Korea Group’s Offer for Malaria Help
A South Korean civic group which offered to provide anti-malarial supplies to North Korea said Monday the North has rejected its proposal because of the South’s support of new UN sanctions. The rejection could complicate efforts by South Korea’s new liberal President Moon Jae-in to expand civilian exchanges with North Korea as a way to improve strained bilateral ties. In late May, Moon’s government allowed the Seoul-based Korean Sharing Movement to contact North Korea. It was the South Korean government’s first approval of cross-border civilian exchanges since January 2016. The civic group subsequently exchanged emails with North Korea and proposed to deliver anti-malarial items such as insecticides, diagnostic kits and mosquito repellant to North Korea this week.


China Hits Back At Taiwan Leader’s Offer Of Help On Democracy
Philip Wen & Ben Blanchard, US NEWS
China hit back at Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen’s offer to help China transition to democracy on Monday, saying the “values and ideas” pushed forward by her party had caused chaos on the self-ruled island. China’s Taiwan Affairs Office said only mainland Chinese had the right to speak on mainland affairs, while suggesting Tsai could better spend her time reflecting on “the widespread discontent” in Taiwan and the “reasons behind why cross-strait relations had reached an impasse.” Beijing distrusts Tsai and her ruling Democratic Progressive Party because it traditionally advocates independence for Taiwan. Beijing says the island is part of China and has never renounced the use of force to bring it under its control.


Kentucky Secretary Of State Traveling To Taiwan
Kentucky’s secretary of state is traveling to Asia for an international trade mission. Alison Lundergan Grimes is scheduled to visit Taiwan this week with four other secretaries of state during a trip coordinated and paid for by the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office. Grimes made a similar visit in 2013. Grimes said she will meet with several Kentucky companies with offices in Taiwan, which is Kentucky’ sixth largest export market in Asia. In 2015, Taiwan agreed to purchase corn and soybeans from Kentucky in 2016 and 2017. Earlier this year, Grimes said she worked to make Kentucky the 21st state with a reciprocal driver’s license agreement with Taiwan.

US Raises Human Rights With China On Tiananmen Square Anniversary
Mallory Shelbourne, THE HILL
The State Department raised the issue of human rights with China on Sunday, the 28th anniversary of the protests in Tiananmen Square. “We call again on China to make a full accounting of those killed, detained, or missing due to the events of June 4, 1989,” Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said in a statement. “We urge China to cease harassment of family members seeking redress and to release from prison those who have been jailed for striving to keep the memory of Tiananmen Square alive.” The Chinese military killed hundreds of student-led protesters and detained thousands more during a crackdown in the square on June 4, 1989. In a previous speech, Tillerson had drawn a distinction between a nation’s policies and values.


How A New Kind Of Protest Movement Has Risen In Venezuela
Joshua Partlow & Rachelle Krygier, THE WASHINGTON POST
The ranks of Venezuela’s protesters span all ages and social classes: Polls show that 80 percent of people want President Nicolás Maduro to resign. But over the past two months of street demonstrations, since Maduro attempted to dissolve the congress and pushed to rewrite the constitution, university students and other young people have embraced the dangerous leading edge of the opposition. Many of the young people on the front lines of this struggle live in poor neighborhoods that were formerly government strongholds or once felt greater allegiance to the socialist cause. Since Maduro assumed office in 2013, following the death of Hugo Chávez, the economy has been spiraling downward. The years of deprivation have eroded these bastions of government support and propelled a younger generation into the streets.

Venezuela Crisis Forces Women To Sell Sex In Colombia, Fuels Slavery Risk
As a humanitarian and political crisis in neighboring Venezuela deepens, a growing number of Venezuelan women are working in bars and brothels across Colombia. “I didn’t do this in Venezuela. I never ever imagined I’d be doing this in Colombia,” said Maria, who declined to give her real name, to Reuters. She charges $17 for 15-minutes of sex, and the money earned is spent on buying medicine for her mother who has cancer. Venezuelan migrants are often lured by false promises of well-paid work in Colombia’s restaurants and bars or as domestic workers. But then they find they are forced to work long hours with little or no pay, are not free to leave the bar they work in, and may be trapped by debts owed to the agents who brought them across the border. According to Asmubuli, a Colombian sex workers association, currently there are around 4,500 Venezuelan sex workers in the country.