August 17, 2022

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The memorial to the victims of the Tiananmen protest in Hong Kong removed

The memorial to the victims of the Tiananmen protest in Hong Kong removed

A well-known memorial to the victims of the uprising in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square was removed from the University of Hong Kong on Thursday. The university staff announced this.

Danish artist Jens Galchiot’s “Pillar of Shame” has been at the university for 24 years. The eight-meter-high statue shows bodies stacked to commemorate the 1989 Beijing Massacre in Tiananmen Square, also known as Tiananmen Square. The protest against the communist government was brutally ended by the military, resulting in the deaths of an estimated thousands.

The university had already decided in October that the monument should be removed. “The decision regarding the ancient statue was made on the basis of external legal advice and an assessment of risks for the benefit of the university,” the statement said.

Photo: Agence France-Presse

China influence

Hong Kong has been a semi-autonomous region of China since 1997, but the growing influence of the Beijing regime limits democratic freedoms and crushes the pro-democracy movement.

China bans any commemoration of the 1989 massacre.

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