1. Tiananmen Square protester Yang Jianli and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi unveil "Tank Man" statue
2. SOUNDBITE (English) Rep. Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House: +++PARTIALLY COVERED WITH BROLL+++
"Today we remember the horror of the massacre in Tiananmen Square and the heroism of the Tiananmen Square protesters we must remember because China still tries to deny these heroes their history."
3. Tight of "Tank Man" statue
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Rep. Jim McGovern, (D) Massachusetts +++PARTIALLY COVERED WITH BROLL+++
"We stand with the students, the workers, and the citizens who so bravely called for change in China in 1989. We stand with the Tiananmen Mothers their simple request to mourn their children publicly, and have a full accounting of the victims."
5. Human rights activist Mi Ling Tsui accepts Truman-Reagan Medal of Freedom on behalf of Tiananmen Mothers
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Mi Ling Tsui, Communications Director, Human Rights in China +++PARTIALLY COVERED WITH BROLL+++
"They have refused to accept state enforced amnesia to document the dead, to gather evidence of the crimes committed against unarmed civilians simply for exercising their fundamental rights to assemble.
7. SOUNDBITE: (English) Yang Jianli, Tiananmen Square Protester
"No matter how many days or decades have gone by, there will never be a time when we forget the heroes we have lost.
12. SOUNDBITE (English) Wang Dan, Tiananmen Square Protester
"We will never forget you. We will never give up. We will unite again, and set off again. We will continue your ideals and the fight for a brighter future of China."
A foundation dedicated to memorializing victims of communism marked the 30th anniversary of China's Tiananmen Square massacre with a rally on the West Lawn of the Capitol Tuesday.
The group, called "Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation," unveiled the "Tank Man" statue, based on the iconic image of the Chinese protester who blocked a tank as the communist government cracked down on pro-democracy students in Tiananmen Square.
It also presented the Truman-Reagan Medal of Freedom to human rights activist Mi Ling Tsui as it premiered their exhibit of the Tiananmen Mothers Portraits.
The Tiananmen Mothers promote democracy and oppose Beijing's efforts to suppress information about the historic 1989 protests.
"We must realize that what the Chinese did that day is a challenge to the conscience of the world," House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said.
"We cannot ignore that challenge. We must face it, and we must face what the Chinese are doing to the Uyghurs in China today," she said.
"We will never forget you. We will never give up," said Wang Dan, who witnessed the Tiananmen Square protests and is the founder of Dialogue China, another pro-democracy organization that seeks to promote a dialogue with China's emerging middle class.
Wang was a pro-democracy leader as a student in China 1989. He survived the massacre and came to the U.S. after being imprisoned in China for his pro-democracy activities.
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