Likenesses of the Goddess of Democracy statue, destroyed by the Beijing Government during the Tiananmen Square massacre seven years ago, are to reappear at Hong Kong universities. Students plan to paint pictures of the goddess at eight institutes as a reminder of the crackdown and as a symbol of their hopes for the development of democracy in China. They hope to keep the paintings beyond the handover. But the move is likely to embarrass their institutes' heads, most of whom are Preparatory Committee members. Rosita Wong Tsz-hang, from the Chinese University, said students had drawn a Goddess of Democracy on Friday night in white paint on a wall at the Chinese University campus. 'We have chosen a wall in the students' union office for the painting. And we are not going to remove it. We hope it will survive 1997,' she said. Ms Wong said students did not intend to seek approval from the university because the office was used by the union. Fung Kin-fai, external vice-president of the Polytechnic University's students' union, said a goddess would be painted on a site next to the main road so it could be seen by the public. He said it was expected that the move would embarrass Vice-Chancellor Professor Poon Chung-kwong, a Hong Kong affairs adviser and Preparatory Committee member. 'But this should not be our concern,' he said. 'To students, Professor Poon is our school head. We don't care about his Preparatory Committee title. 'We have no intention of embarrassing him. We just want to express our concern and regret about the massacre in 1989. 'Students will not forget the incident. That's why we want to keep the painting permanently.' Some institutes said they would post paper drawings of the goddess if schools did not allow them to paint on walls.