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Tiananmen Square memorial removed in Hong Kong

Date: 31 December 2021 Tags: Miscellaneous

Issue

The “Pillar of Shame” memorial that was installed in University of Hong Kong to commemorate the Tiananmen Massacre has been removed.

 

Background

The removal of the memorial is part of effort by ruling Communist Party to erase the bloody events from public consciousness.

 

Details

  • The memorial was installed to remember the victims of China’s crackdown on pro-democracy protests at Beijing’s Tiananmen Square in 1989.

  • The Communist Party is making all efforts to remove last remaining bits of democracy from Hong Kong as it aims to strengthen its hold over the former British colony.

 

Pillar of Shame

  • Pillar of Shame is a series of works by Danish sculptor Jens Galschioet to remind people of events to ensure they don’t happen again.

  • They are made of bronze, copper and concrete with same height. They have been installed at various places such as Mexico, Brazil and Hong Kong.

  • The memorial was exhibited at several universities in the city before installing it in University of Hong Kong on a long term basis.

 

Depiction

  • The one erected in Hong Kong depicts the Tiananmen Square massacre. It shows a mass of torn and twisted bodies in a tall pile.

  • A text has been written below the sculpture in English and Mandarin. It reads “The old cannot kill the young”.

 

Significance

  • The Communist Party of China has worked hard to erase the memory of Tiananmen Square massacre from public minds.

  • The party has prevented dissidents from organizing any commemoration around the anniversary. Hong Kong was one such place where victims were remembered.

 

Tiananmen Square massacre

  • It was an event in which thousands of young students, demanding democracy were massacred in a mid-night crackdown by the military.

  • The Communist Party of China had decided to suppress the movement instead of allowing democracy to grow in the country.