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New Hong Kong regime eliminates Tiananmen Sq. statue from college

HONG KONG – A sculpture at the University of Hong Kong (HKU) honoring the scores of pro-democracy demonstrators killed in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square in 1989 was taken down on December 22.

The sculpture depicted bodies heaped in stark remembrance of pro-democracy protesters who lost their lives in Beijing.

The removal of the statue comes amid rising moves by China to quash political dissent in Hong Kong.

In 1989, Tiananmen Square turned out to be the hub for protests held to secure more freedom in the communist country. Several thousand protesters held their ground for several weeks, though in June violence erupted when the Chinese military moved in.

HKU had first announced it would remove the statue, known as the Pillar of Shame, in October.

“The decision on the aged statue was based on external legal advice and risk assessment for the best interest of the university,” HKU noted on December 23.

Since its crackdown in Hong Kong, China has banned all remembrances of the 1989 protests.

HKU created a plastic enclosure surrounding the area on December 22, while the eight-meter-high copper artwork was being dismantled by construction staff throughout the night. Security personnel did not allow journalists to approach the area.

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