Washington D.C., Jun 4, 2021 / 17:00 pm
Cardinal Joseph Zen, the bishop emeritus of Hong Kong, on Friday prayed for the victims of the Tiananmen Square massacre on the 32nd anniversary of their deaths.
He also called for justice in his homily at a memorial Mass on Friday, reported by AsiaNews.
“We refuse to be pessimistic,” Cardinal Zen said. “We will not be disappointed. In the remembrance of the dead – those killed 32 years ago, our prayer is also for the Lord to lead the rulers to walk on the path of justice and peace.”
On June 4, 1989, Chinese protestors were killed by the government after nearly two months of pro-democracy protests in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square. The Chinese government killed the protestors with tanks and gunfire. Although the regime claimed that 241 people died and 7,000 were wounded, a diplomatic cable from the British ambassador to China at the time said that at least 10,000 people were killed.
Authorities in Hong Kong for the second year in a row have curtailed planned events to commemorate the massacre, purportedly for pandemic-related reasons. In 2020, thousands defied police to take part in commemorations. Seven churches in Hong Kong had planned candlelight vigils to commemorate the massacre.
Chinese mainland authorities have seized greater power in Hong Kong, after the imposition of a national security law on the region in 2020.
Cardinal Zen said on Friday that the massacre may “gradually go far from us, but it seems to reappear before our eyes.”
U.S. politicians from both sides of the political aisle also spoke out on the anniversary of the massacre.