Two more Tiananmen monuments removed from Hong Kong university campuses

HONG KONG: Two more Hong Kong universities on Friday (Dec 24) removed public monuments to the 1989 Tiananmen protests in Beijing, following on the heels of the dismantling of a sculpture marking victims of the crackdown at another university earlier this week.A "Goddess of Democracy" statue holding aloft a flame at Hong Kong's Chinese University had been removed from a public piazza just before dawn by workmen, according to pictures posted online. The university said in a statement that the "unauthorised statue" had been taken away. "Following an internal assessment, and as the manager of the university campus, CUHK has removed the statue," it read. Hong Kong's Lingnan University also took down a Tiananmen massacre wall relief sculpture, that also included a depiction of the "Goddess of Democracy", according to local media reports. Unlike mainland China, where Chinese authorities ban any memorials or public commemoration of June 4, Hong Kong had previously remained the only place on Chinese soil where such commemorations were permissible. Hong Kong returned from British to Chinese rule in 1997 and was promised wide-ranging autonomy and freedoms by China under a so-called "one country, two systems" arrangement.

Two more Tiananmen monuments removed from Hong Kong university campuses

HONG KONG: Two more Hong Kong universities on Friday (Dec 24) removed public monuments to the 1989 Tiananmen protests in Beijing, following on the heels of the dismantling of a sculpture marking victims of the crackdown at another university earlier this week.

A "Goddess of Democracy" statue holding aloft a flame at Hong Kong's Chinese University had been removed from a public piazza just before dawn by workmen, according to pictures posted online.

The university said in a statement that the "unauthorised statue" had been taken away.

"Following an internal assessment, and as the manager of the university campus, CUHK has removed the statue," it read.

Hong Kong's Lingnan University also took down a Tiananmen massacre wall relief sculpture, that also included a depiction of the "Goddess of Democracy", according to local media reports.

Unlike mainland China, where Chinese authorities ban any memorials or public commemoration of June 4, Hong Kong had previously remained the only place on Chinese soil where such commemorations were permissible.

Hong Kong returned from British to Chinese rule in 1997 and was promised wide-ranging autonomy and freedoms by China under a so-called "one country, two systems" arrangement.