Statue of Tiananmen Square massacre removed in Hong Kong

A statue at the University of Hong Kong which commemorates the events of the Tiananmen Square Massacre in 1989 was removed by the university in the latest move of self-censorship aimed at appeasing the Beijing government.

The Tiananmen Massacre, which took place in Beijing in the summer of 1989, saw the communist government crack down on pro-reform student-demonstrators eventually killing thousands.

The event has been expunged from the mainland’s records and its mention is heavily censored by the state government.

Hong Kong has traditionally commemorated the events both in large public events and through art.

But on Thursday, the University of Hong Kong said it would be removing the statue “based on external legal advice and risk assessment for the best interest of the university.”

Through a statement the university also said that the 24 year old statue posed a “safety risk” because it was fragile.

The move is the latest sign that Beijing has increased its control of the city which was supposed to enjoy autonomy under a deal struck with the United Kingdom who previously governed Hong Kong.

A newly imposed security law has seen the arrest of demonstrators, journalists, and business people who were perceived to be anti-Beijing.

The famous “Tank Man” picture from the day after the Tiananmen Square crackdown.


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