A sculpture commemorating the victims of the Tiananmen Square crackdown at the University of Hong Kong was dismantled and taken away in the wee hours of Thursday morning, two months after campus chiefs ordered its removal.
The HKU Council, a government-appointed body, confirmed the removal in a morning statement, saying the decision to take down the eight-metre Pillar of Shame was made based on “external legal advice and risk assessment” after a Wednesday meeting.
“Latest legal advice given to the university cautioned that the continued display of the statue would pose legal risks to the university based on the Crimes Ordinance enacted under the Hong Kong colonial government,” the statement reads, without specifying what sections of the ordinance were cause for concern.
The sculpture is a memorial to the victims of the June 4, 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown in Beijing. It had stood on campus since June 1997.
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