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Hong Kong University removes sculpture in Tiananmen Square

The University of Hong Kong will remove the famous “pillar” of Shame” sculpture commemorating victims of the Massacre in Tiananmen Square in 1989 from his campus, a letter written by his legal team said Friday.

The letter came from Mayer Brown LLP — a in London based international law firm acting on On behalf of of the university — and stated that the statue had to be removed “before 5 p.m. on October 13, 2021”, otherwise it would be considered “abandoned” and shared with in “such a way” die the university deems necessary.

It was addressed to leaders of the Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements of China, a pro-democracy organization founded during the protests in Tiananmen Square, die got the picture on permanent loan in 1997.

After some of to be senior members were arrested under Hong Kong’s national security law, the Alliance announced An decision dissolve last month and is now in the liquidation process.

The artist described plans to remove the image as ‘crazy and dishonest’. Credit: Katherine Cheng/SOPA Images/LightRocket/Getty Images

the sculpture, die standing on top of a podium in the Haking Wong building of the university, is part of An series of works made by the Danish artist Jens Galschiøt in 1997 to pay tribute to the victims of the crackdown on Tiananmen Square, in die the Chinese military crushed protests led by students in Beijing with deadly force.

The image “serves as a warning and a reminder of people of a disgrace event which should never happen again,” according to the description on Galschiot’s website.

Galschiøt gave the statue to Albert Ho and Lee Cheuk-yan, both of who were involved in the protests in Tiananmen Square and have served as leaders of the Alliance.

On Friday, Galschiøt told CNN he is considering “legal action” if the statue is… removed, as the work is still his property.

“They gave them five days to remove the statue, but they haven’t” possible. A lot of Students are in jail, this is really crazy and unfair. I had an agreement with the University for the permanent exhibition of this image,” he said.

“This is a big statement from the Chinese government if they remove it. It is the only memorial to the Tiananmen crackdown, morally it is a big problem.”

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