Lawmaker Suggests Renaming Street in Stab at China

Lawmaker Suggests Renaming Street in Stab at China

( – Tensions between the US and China are running high. The communist country is angry at America’s relationship with Taiwan. And the US has criticized the Chinese government for its theft of intellectual property from American companies, spying operations in cities like New York, the genocide of ethnic Uyghurs, and other issues. A Tennessee congressman now wants to stick his finger in the eyes of the Chinese diplomats in Washington DC by changing a street name.

On June 5, Rep. Andy Ogles (R-TN) introduced a bill to rename the street in front of the Chinese Embassy in the capital to Tiananmen Square Memorial Boulevard. Currently, the stretch of road in front of the building is named International Place Northwest. The bill also states that once the name of the street is changed, it will be changed on maps, regulations, documents, and any other record that refers to the location.

Additionally, the physical address of the embassy would be changed from 3505 International Place Northwest to 1 Tiananmen Square Memorial Boulevard.

The changes are in reference to the 1989 Tiananmen Square Massacre. In April of that year, students began protesting for democracy after the government started cracking down on speech and passed reforms that benefited the wealthy. The students wanted freedom of the press, freedom of speech, and to have a voice in their government. On June 4, about a month and a half after the demonstrations began, the Chinese government started forcefully cracking down on them. A famous photo from the square on June 5, 1989, shows a man blocking four tanks as they roll through the area.

China has censored all mentions of Tiananmen Square in the country. Estimates of the death toll of the massacre range from several hundred to more than 10,000. It’s impossible to know how many people lost their lives because there is no official death toll.

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