In Pictures: Hong Kong Activists Wash Tiananmen Massacre Monument ‘to Reaffirm Commitment’ To Free Speech


Pro-democracy activists carried out the annual cleaning of the “Pillar of Shame” monument at the University of Hong Kong (HKU) on Sunday to commemorate the upcoming 32nd anniversary of the 1989 Tiananmen Massacre.

Four members of the Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements of China — including former lawmaker Albert Ho and barrister Chow Hang-tung — gathered to light candles and clean the statue as part of the annual tradition.

They also observed a moment of silence to remember the victims of the 1989 crackdown.

The Tiananmen massacre occurred on June 4, 1989 ending months of student-led demonstrations in China. Historians estimate that hundreds, perhaps thousands, of people died when the People’s Liberation Army was deployed to crack down on pro-democracy protesters in Beijing.

Sunday’s “washing” of the 8 metre statue occurred amid mounting fears similar events to remember the Tiananmen victims will soon be banned in the city under Beijing’s sweeping national security law, which has been used to arrest 100 people.

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