‘Many people are not celebrating’ – human rights concerns raised on China anniversary

Oct 1, 2019 by

from Christian Today:

As China marks 70 years of Communist rule with lavish celebrations, others are raising concerns about the lack of freedom in the country.

Events have been taking place throughout Tuesday to commemorate the formation of the People’s Republic of China by Mao Zedong on 1 October 1949, ending years of brutal civil war.

The pinnacle of the national day celebrations was a military parade in Tiananmen Square in which thousands of military personnel took part.

In a display of might, military vehicles made their way through the square as part of the parade, alongside grand floats and traditional Chinese lion dancers.

In a brief opening address, President Xi Jinping said that “no force” could stop China’s forward march.

“No force can ever stop the Chinese people and nation from marching forward,” he said. 

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