Hong Kong: Pillar of Shame is gone, along with the city’s freedom of expression

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The tip of the Pillar of Shame is wrapped and put inside a container. Image from the Stand New. Used with permission. A most evocative monument to the Tiananmen Massacre, which stood in the University of Hong Kong for 24 years, since June 1997, was removed by the school administrator before dawn on December 23, 2021. The 8-meter high concrete sculpture is part of the art series known as Pillar of Shame created by Danish artist Jens Gaischiot in 1996. The Hong Kong pillar is composed of 50 distorted faces which represent the pain and despair inflicted on people by the bloody crackdown ofthe pro…

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