Hong Kong University yesterday backed down and allowed the Pillar of Shame to be erected on campus. But it wants the sculpture removed in two weeks. After meeting student leaders, Vice-Chancellor Professor Cheng Yiu-chung said the sculpture, which commemorates victims of the June 4 crackdown, could be displayed provided safety standards were met. 'We reiterate the freedom of expression of the University of Hong Kong by any members, including staff and students. I must deny any allegations against us that there has been an attempt at political censorship,' he said. However, he recommended the sculpture stand for only two weeks, which would mean it would be removed just before the handover. He said that was the usual time given to exhibits. Student union external vice-chairman Linda Wong Shui-hung welcomed the university's compromise, but said the two-week time limit was unreasonable. 'We strongly protest against the time limit and will fight for continuous display. General procedures for exhibits do not apply to this sculpture because we are not occupying the exhibiting area,' Ms Wong said. The union wants the sculpture, which will be erected on the Haking Wong podium, to stay for six months. Students demanded an apology from the university for preventing the entry of the sculpture early on Thursday. Professor Cheng said the confusion was caused by misunderstandings.