Marise Payne remembers ‘tragic loss of life’ 30 years on

The Australian government has lamented the “tragic” deaths in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square in 1989 after Chinese Defence Minister Wei Fenghe defended the bloody crackdown as a stabilising move.

Thirty years on from the Chinese army’s massacre of pro-democracy student protesters, Foreign Minister Marise Payne said Australia stood with the international community in recognising the events of June 4.

Foreign Minister Marise Payne: “We firmly support individual human rights.”Credit:Jamila Toderas

“We will always remember the tragic loss of life that occurred at Tiananmen Square in 1989 and we firmly support individual human rights, the individual rights and freedoms as set out in international covenants and always have,” Senator Payne told ABC radio.

On Sunday, General Wei made rare public comments about the Tiananmen Square crackdown, a forbidden topic in China, describing the protests as “political turmoil that the central government needed to quell, which was the correct policy”.


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