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The University of Hong Kong removes the Tiananmen Square monument

The removal of the sculpture took place a few days after the Pro-Beijing candidate won the Hong Kong legislative election.

The statue of the Pillar of Shame symbolizes the life lost during a military crackdown on opposition to democratization at Tiananmen Square in Beijing in 1989. (Reuters Archive)

The University of Hong Kong monument commemorating the Tiananmen Square Incident in 1989 was deleted by workers, despite the opposition of its creator from Denmark.

The sculpture was demolished early Thursday a few days after the Pro-Beijing candidate won the landslide victory in the Hong Kong legislative elections. After confirming that all candidates are loyal “patriots” to Beijing by amending the Election Act.

In a statement, the university said, “Under the criminal ordinance enacted under the Hong Kong colonial government, the continuous display of statues would pose a legal risk to the university, the latest legal advice given to the university. Warned. “

Late Wednesday night, workers barricaded the University of Hong Kong monument. From the boarding site where the guards patrol, we heard excavation noise and loud rattling noise.

Danish sculptor Jensgarskyot painted a pillar of shame eight meters high to symbolize the life lost in the bloody military crackdown on opposition to democratization at Tiananmen Square in Beijing. June 4, 1989.

The university requested that the statue be kept and said it would continue to seek legal advice on follow-up activities.

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Climate of oppression

The Shame Pillar Memorial became a problem in October, and even if activists and rights groups protested, the university demanded that it be removed.

The university has informed the alliance supporting the Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Citizens’ Movement, the organizer of the now abolished Candlelight Vigil, that the statue needs to be removed in accordance with the “latest risk assessment and legal advice”. did.

The organization stated that it was breaking up because of the climate of oppression and did not own the sculpture. The university was told to talk to its creator instead.

Garskiot has offered to bring it back to Denmark if given a legal immunity to not be persecuted under Hong Kong’s national security law, but has so far been unsuccessful.

The removal took place the same week that Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam visited Beijing and reported on the development of a semi-autonomous Chinese city. A democratic movement following a major protest in 2019.

More than 100 democratic activists have been arrested since Beijing enforced the National Security Act in Hong Kong. It bans separation, destruction, terrorism, and foreign collusion and intervenes in city issues.

Critics say the law rolled back the freedom promised to Hong Kong when Britain handed it over to China in 1997.

read more: Nine more Hong Kong activists handed prison time for Tiananmen’s all-nighter

Source: AP

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