FILE PHOTO: HONG KONG, CHINA - OCTOBER 15: The "Pillar of Shame" statue stands at the Hong Kong University campus on October 15, 2021 in Hong Kong, China. Hong Kong University demanded that a now-disbanded pro-democracy alliance remove the artwork, an eight-metre tall monument to the Tiananmen Square Massacre by Danish artist Jens Glaschiot, after it has stood on the grounds of the campus for 24 years, local news sources reported. The statue is an iconic art piece, one of several by the artist placed around the world commemorating similar events. (Photo by Anthony Kwan/Getty Images)
HONG KONG (AP) — A monument at a Hong Kong university that was the best-known public remembrance of the Tiananmen Square massacre on Chinese soil was removed early Thursday, wiping out the city's last place of public commemoration of the bloody 1989 crackdown.
For some at the University of Hong Kong, the move reflected the erosion of the relative freedoms they have enjoyed compared to mainland China.
The 8-meter (26-foot) -tall Pillar of Shame, which depicts 50 torn and twisted bodies piled on top of each other, was made by Danish sculptor Jens Galschioet to symbolize the lives lost during the military crackdown on pro-democracy protesters in Beijing's Tiananmen Square on June 4, 1989.
The university says it had asked that the sculpture be put in storage because it could pose "legal risks."
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