Workers remove a section of the Pillar of Shame early on Thursday morning. The statue, which had been on the HKU campus since 1997, paid tribute to the victims of 1989’s bloody Tiananmen Square crackdown. Photo: Sam Tsang
Workers remove a section of the Pillar of Shame early on Thursday morning. The statue, which had been on the HKU campus since 1997, paid tribute to the victims of 1989’s bloody Tiananmen Square crackdown. Photo: Sam Tsang

University of Hong Kong removes Pillar of Shame sculpture marking Tiananmen Square crackdown in middle of night

  • While an HKU Council statement points only to unspecified ‘legal risks’, source says colonial-era sedition law was cited during meeting that lasted over an hour
  • Danish artist Jens Galschiøt, the pillar’s creator, blasts its dismantling as ‘a disgrace’, says university refused to communicate with him despite offers to claim it

Topic |   Hong Kong politics
Workers remove a section of the Pillar of Shame early on Thursday morning. The statue, which had been on the HKU campus since 1997, paid tribute to the victims of 1989’s bloody Tiananmen Square crackdown. Photo: Sam Tsang
Workers remove a section of the Pillar of Shame early on Thursday morning. The statue, which had been on the HKU campus since 1997, paid tribute to the victims of 1989’s bloody Tiananmen Square crackdown. Photo: Sam Tsang
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