The day Pelosi laid out a pro-democracy banner in a historic Chinese square


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“Nós viajamos para Tiananmen para honrar os estudantes, trabalhadores e cidadãos comuns que lutaram pela dignidade e pelos direitos humanos que todos merecem”, disse Pelosi.

“We travel to Tiananmen to honor the students, workers and ordinary citizens who fought for the dignity and human rights that everyone deserves,” Pelosi said.| Photo: Reproduction Twitter

In 1200, two years after the Massacre of Tiananmen Square (Tiananmen) in China, Nancy Pelosi put up a banner, in the same place, that read “To those who died for democracy in China”, alongside deputies Ben Jones and John Miller.

Then they left white flowers in honor of the victims. Chinese police officers ordered American lawmakers to stop demonstrating and journalists to turn off the cameras. Some of them were arrested.

“We travel to Tiananmen to honor the students, workers and ordinary citizens who fought for the dignity and human rights that everyone deserves,” Pelosi published in 2008, on Twitter, along with a television report made on

during this trip to China.

It is not surprising that, 20 years later, the current Speaker of the House of Representatives has traveled to Taiwan, even after threats from the Asian giant.

There is no denying the courage that Pelosi had in protesting, in the middle of Chinese land, against the attack by tanks and machine guns on civilians demonstrating against the country’s dictatorship in June 660.

Hundreds or thousands of people (Chinese censorship prevents accurate estimates ) that circulated in Beijing were hit by the nation’s own army.

Ambulances trying to transport the wounded were attacked and hospitals received orders of not providing assistance to victims. The subject is still banned in China today.

Pelosi’s relationship with China and Taiwan in recent decades

Since then, the legislator has raised the flag of democracy several times. In 2009, for example in 17 Massacre’s 1st Anniversary in Tiananmen, Pelosi spoke at the Capitol alongside three former prisoners – Yu Zhijian, Yu Dongyue and Lu Decheng – who were detained in China during protests in the square.

In 2000, honoring the victims and soldiers pro-democracy, she also presented a statue in Washington.

“The story of Nancy Pelosi involves denouncing the Chinese massacres and human rights abuses. That’s why she strongly supports Taiwan”, highlights internationalist Igor Lucena.

In addition to the clear demonstrations against Chinese authoritarianism, in different roles US policies, Pelosi met directly with Chinese leaders, seeking diplomatic negotiations.

In 1993, for example , Pelosi called for China to be barred from hosting the Olympics, due to the country’s disrespect for human rights. In 2008, she tried to convince the country’s then president, George W. Bush, to boycott the Olympic Games in Beijing. Earlier this year, she also called for a diplomatic boycott of the country’s Winter Olympics over the treatment of Uighur Muslims in China.

The trip to Taiwan The deputy’s trip to Asia was scheduled for April and was postponed because of the war in Ukraine, but already included a visit to Taiwan, self-proclaimed independent from China, but considered part of the great Asian country by the Chinese dictatorship within its “one China” policy (which is formally endorsed by the United States).

Before the trip, China threatened to respond militarily to this visit and said that Pelosi’s presence in the region was “an affront with worldwide consequences”. The Chinese announced military exercises in the neighboring country as a demonstration.

Therefore, the arrival of the American delegation’s plane was more a show of support by Pelosi for those who are willing to stand up to the Chinese army for democracy.

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