Statement from Lantos Foundation President on the Anniversary of the Tiananmen Square Massacre

“Tragically, 25 years ago the Chinese government used brute force to crush the 89 Movement but the spirit of the heroes of Tiananmen lives on. In the long run, the power of their moral and spiritual leadership will triumph over the brutality of the butchers and dictators. But the outcome of the struggle for democracy and human rights is not a foregone conclusion - it depends on the unwavering and outspoken support of the forces of freedom. It also requires leaders to see beyond economic and political considerations to the even more important values that make a decent society possible.”