A woman walks past the site at the University of Hong Kong where the Pillar of Shame statue, a memorial to the Tiananmen crackdown, stood for more than 20 years before being removed on December 23. Photo: AP
A woman walks past the site at the University of Hong Kong where the Pillar of Shame statue, a memorial to the Tiananmen crackdown, stood for more than 20 years before being removed on December 23. Photo: AP

Letters | Why the Pillar of Shame’s removal marks the end of academic freedom in Hong Kong

  • The statue was not only a memorial to the Tiananmen crackdown, but a testament to the civil liberties that distinguished Hong Kong from the mainland
  • With the sculpture’s removal, HKU has shown its willingness to do Beijing’s bidding – a clear sign that true academic freedom is dead

Topic |   Hong Kong politics
A woman walks past the site at the University of Hong Kong where the Pillar of Shame statue, a memorial to the Tiananmen crackdown, stood for more than 20 years before being removed on December 23. Photo: AP
A woman walks past the site at the University of Hong Kong where the Pillar of Shame statue, a memorial to the Tiananmen crackdown, stood for more than 20 years before being removed on December 23. Photo: AP
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