Hong Kong University says Pillar of Shame statue honoring Tiananmen Square dead

The University of Hong Kong says a statue pays tribute to the victims China‘s brutal crash in 1989 against protesters in Tiananmen Square must be removed.

The Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements in China, the now disbanded group that designed the artwork, said they received a letter from the university requesting the removal of the statue by Wednesday at noon. according to the Hong Kong Free Press.

The University reportedly said the decision was “based on the latest risk assessment and legal advice” but did not provide further explanation.

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If the 26-foot-tall statue, known as the “Pillar of Shame,” has not been removed by then, the letter states “The sculpture will be considered abandoned and the University will not consider any future request from you regarding the sculpture and the University will process the sculpture. at such time and in such manner as it deems appropriate without further notice. “

The group responsible for the sculpture said the request was unreasonable and that it was important for the school’s “social mission and historical responsibility” to keep the statue in place.

The Tiananmen Square massacre took place on June 4, 1989, ending months of student-led demonstrations in communist China. It is believed that hundreds, perhaps thousands, of protesters were killed during the People’s Liberation Army’s violent attacks.

The massacre remains a controversial topic in China, as Beijing continues to crack down on all challenges to its sovereignty and tighten its grip on Hong Kong.

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