Commuters on the walkway between the Central and Hong Kong MTR stations pass giant posters advertising the local Palace Museum project, on January 10. The posters, part of a HK$1.58 million “exhibition”, sparked a demonstration the previous day by pro-democracy protesters who said they were reminiscent of the June 1989 crackdown on students at Tiananmen Square. Photo: EPA

Hong Kong’s Palace Museum plan throws out the rulebook to put politics above the people

Dennis Kwok says the surprise announcement of a local version of Beijing’s heritage museum displays a blatant disregard for established procedure and public opinion that goes against Hong Kong’s core values

Topic |   West Kowloon Cultural District

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Commuters on the walkway between the Central and Hong Kong MTR stations pass giant posters advertising the local Palace Museum project, on January 10. The posters, part of a HK$1.58 million “exhibition”, sparked a demonstration the previous day by pro-democracy protesters who said they were reminiscent of the June 1989 crackdown on students at Tiananmen Square. Photo: EPA
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