Welcome to the Liberty Sculpture Park. We are grateful that all of you could come join us on this last day of the 100-day commemoration of the 30th anniversary of the Tiananmen Massacre. As a local resident of Yermo, I am asked quite often about the Liberty Sculpture Park: So what is it? What does it stand for? Why is it here? Are people there commies?
It’s obvious to me that many are confused. This is what I say to them: Some of the dissidents are forced to leave China and exile in U.S., so that they can live to tell others of what happened in China. I also let them know that only in a safe place like Yermo are the Chinese dissidents able to recount some of the basic facts, such as we all have the right to live, and we all have the right to protect ourselves from being used by the government to do abhorring things, the same government that wipes out our bodies and souls, forces us into free labors, treats us with egregious tortures or harvests our organs, that finds us guilty and jail us because of our beliefs or simply makes us disappear. In China, people are owned by the government; while in U.S., people own the government. Liberty Sculpture Park is an altar protesting the communist tyranny and remember those who fight for democracy and freedom for China.
It is becoming a place for people around the world to remember those who survived communist ruling and discuss this topic. It represents a fundamental human belief, which is that the human right is not granted by the government but an unalienable that is blessed by the Supreme Power. In order to have this unalienable right, people vigorously fight for it and protect it with their lives.
We are here today to remember the millions of Chinese who put on protests across China in 1989 that lasted several months, as well as those who fainted on hunger strike and had to be carried into the tents. By mid-May that year, there had been over a million participants in demonstrations. After the government announced the curfew, troops were sent for the crackdown. On June 3, thousands of soldiers marched into Tiananmen Square. On the eve of June 4, shootings at civilians began.
Thirty years have passed. It was estimated that thousands of people were killed or injured, but the exact number is still unknown. To this day, the massacre and crackdown remain to be a taboo for people in China. It is a blank page in the history book at school. Any pieces of information relating to June 4 Massacre are blocked from the internet or Wikipedia. For fear of any new potential resistance in China, all dissidents are forced to leave Beijing when the anniversary approaches, so that they cannot return to Tiananmen Square for any anniversary activities. It is especially aggravating that the Chinese Communist government has not shown any remorse or issued an apology in any form for the killings on June 4, 1989.
That is precisely why we as free people have the obligation to remember that Massacre and voice the protest for people in China who are forced into silence. It is our way to support the democracy in China by refusing to forget what happened 30 years ago. We are building a monument for those victims at Tiananmen Square, with or without their names remembered, to lend our support to the cause of democracy movement in China and call for justice for the people who are no longer able to do so themselves. Now, the spirit of all citizens’ resistance in 1989 has one more spokesman: the “Tank Man” sculpture. The image of the courageous challenge of a seemingly invincible oppressive machine gives all of us the hope that one day Chinese people will be blessed with freedom and democracy, just as we do.
It is a great honor for the residents in Yermo that the Liberty Sculpture Park finds it home. We firmly believe that art is a powerful way of communication. If millions of people passing by each year could be attracted to join our cause, another democracy revolution will bud in China.
I want to extend special thanks to those who support us here today by correspondence, Senator Diane Feinstein, California Congressman Jay Obernolte and California Senator Shannon Grove. Last but not least, everyone who accepted our invites to give a speech, everyone who joined us, Misses Barstols, thank you for coming here today to remember the victims under the communist regime and salute those join the “Tank Man” to continue fighting for a free China.