Hong Kong university dismantles Tiananmen statue, sparks outcry

Security guards stand in front of barriers erected around the eight-metre (26-feet) high “Pillar of Shame” at Hong Kong University

Hong Kong’s oldest university removed a statue commemorating the deadly 1989 crackdown on Tiananmen Square democracy protesters on Thursday, the latest step in China’s campaign to silence dissent in its southern city.

The sculpture features 50 anguished faces and tortured bodies piled on one another and commemorates democracy protesters killed by Chinese troops around Tiananmen Square in 1989.

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