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Last monument for Tiananmen massacre removed in Hong Kong

Hong Kong Tiananmen Sculpture
Posted at 6:18 AM, Dec 23, 2021

HONG KONG (AP) — A monument at a Hong Kong university that was the best-known public remembrance of the Tiananmen Square massacre on Chinese soil was removed early Thursday, wiping out the city's last place of public commemoration of the bloody 1989 crackdown.

For some at the University of Hong Kong, the move reflected the erosion of the relative freedoms they have enjoyed compared to mainland China.

The 8-meter (26-foot) -tall Pillar of Shame, which depicts 50 torn and twisted bodies piled on top of each other, was made by Danish sculptor Jens Galschioet to symbolize the lives lost during the military crackdown on pro-democracy protesters in Beijing's Tiananmen Square on June 4, 1989.

The university says it had asked that the sculpture be put in storage because it could pose "legal risks."

According to the Associated Press, candlelight vigils had been banned by authorities the last two years and a private museum had also been shut down.

The monument had been there for the past two decades, the news outlet reported.