China has hit out at the U.S. after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo issued a statement commemorating the 30th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre.
Hundreds—possibly even thousands—of people were killed as soldiers cleared Tiananmen Square of protesters, who had occupied the historic site for six weeks and turned it into a hub of action for activists in more than 400 other towns and cities nationwide.
The true number of dead is still unknown.
In the years since, the Chinese government has censored all mention or public acknowledgement of the event so as to avoid a repeat.
Thousands of online posts have been scrubbed in the lead up to the 30th anniversary of the massacre, which remains one of the darkest incidents in the country's modern history.
The spokesperson said the secretary of state's message "grossly intervenes" in domestic Chinese affairs and characterized Pompeo's comments as "an affront to the Chinese people and a serious violation of international law.".
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