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US issues Tiananmen condemnation as Trump threatens protesters

Biden paints rival as friend of authoritarianism on anniversary of crackdown

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, second from right, tweeted this photo with survivors of the Tiananmen Square crackdown, including from left, Li Lanju, Su Xiaokang, Wang Dan and Li Hengqing, on Wednesday.

NEW YORK -- The U.S. State Department on Wednesday condemned the "sheer brutality" Beijing displayed 31 years ago in its suppression of peaceful pro-democracy protesters at Tiananmen Square, as domestic division grows over whether force should be used to rein in protests on American soil.

"Today we honor the brave Chinese people whose peaceful calls for democracy, human rights, and a corruption-free society came to a violent end when the Chinese Communist Party sent the People's Liberation Army into Tiananmen Square on June 4, 1989, armed with tanks and guns," department spokesperson Morgan Ortagus said in a statement.

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