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‘Pillar of Shame’ statue removed from University of Hong Kong campus

‘Pillar of Shame’ statue removed in Hong Kong. The statue memorialized Tiananmen massacre victims.

Where: Hong Kong

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Early on Thursday, workers at the University of Hong Kong dismantled and removed the “Pillar of Shame” memorial statue from its campus.

Danish sculptor Jens Galschioet made the 26-foot tall statue memorializing victims of the 1989 military massacre of pro-democracy protestors in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square.

Galschioet called the statue’s removal “really brutal” and compared it to the destruction of gravestones.

The University of Hong Kong requested that the statue be put in storage, citing “legal risks.”

The University stated, “No party has ever obtained any approval from the university to display the statue on campus, and the university has the right to take appropriate actions to handle it at any time.”

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