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More Tiananmen Square removed from Hong Kong University

The statue of the “Goddess of Democracy” and the relief sculpture on the wall of the Tiananmen Square have been removed from the two university campuses.

The “Goddess of Democracy” statue is modeled after a student built in Tiananmen Square in 1989. (Reuters Archive)

Two more Hong Kong universities have removed the official monument to the Tiananmen protest in Beijing in 1989, after the sculpture marking the victims of military crackdown was dismantled at the University of Hong Kong earlier this week.

Just before dawn on Friday, a 6.4-meter-high bronze “Goddess of Democracy” statue burning at the Chinese University of Hong Kong was removed from the public square.

“Following the internal assessment, as the manager of the university campus, CUHK has removed the statue,” the university said in a statement.

The Hong Kong sculpture is modeled after a 10-meter white plaster and bubble statue built by students at Tiananmen Square in 1989 as a symbol of their determination to pursue China’s freedom and democracy under Communist rule. I am.

Lingnan University in Hong Kong has also demolished relief sculptures on the walls of the Tiananmen Massacre, including a depiction of the “Goddess of Democracy.”

The sculpture contains an image of a line of tanks stopping in front of a lone protester called the “Tank Man” and the victims shot by Chinese troops being taken away.

Chen Weiming, the artist who created both the statue and the relief on the wall, said he would sue the university if his work was damaged.

The towering red painting of the Democratic Goddess in the main hall of the Students’ Union at Lingnan University was also painted in gray paint.

read more: The University of Hong Kong removes the Tiananmen Square monument

Crack down

Hong Kong returned to Chinese rule from Britain in 1997 and was promised widespread autonomy and freedom from China under the so-called “one country, two systems” arrangement.

Authorities are cracking down on Hong Kong activists under the National Security Act imposed in June 2020. Human rights activists say the new law is being used to suppress civil society, prison democratic activists, and curb fundamental freedoms.

Officials in China and Hong Kong have stated that after a major protest in 2019, security law has restored order and stability, and basic rights and freedoms are still respected.

“Since the Chinese Communist Party enforced the National Security Act in Hong Kong, it has eradicated freedom of the press, freedom of assembly and freedom of expression,” said artist Wiming.

“They want to get rid of the true history of brutal crackdowns … they don’t allow a different perspective to continue to exist in Hong Kong.”

When asked if Hong Kong or Chinese authorities had instructed all three universities to remove these Tiananmen monuments, Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam’s office did not respond immediately. ..

read more: G7 condemns democratic “erosion” in Hong Kong elections

Source: Reuters

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