Speech to the LegCo, 2 June 2009
on the occasion of the donation of
the sculpture Fragments of a Democracy Story
MP Ms Cyd HO Sau-lan received the sculpture
I should have been making
this statement, but as you all know, I was denied entry into
Many of you might be
wondering how I choose to donate an expensive sculpture to the Hong Kong
Legislative Council, even though the Hong Kong authorities have, on two
occasions, unreasonably denied me entrance into
One can ask with what rights
a Danish artist interferes with the internal affairs of Hong Kong and
- I believe that this planet is populated by equal people. No matter what part of the world we live in, we are all human beings and therefore we have a kinship and responsibility towards one another.
- Based on this, I feel entitled to participate in and support the development for good and just societies everywhere on the planet, and I hope my Chinese friends feel the same way, and want to help support the development of good and just societies in my part of the world, that is Europe, where compassion towards refugees and immigrants is under great pressure.
My reason for donating my
sculpture to the parliamentarian institution of Hong Kong,
is that I believe that it is important this specific institution has a memorial
of the massacre of the students of the
Especially a democratic
institution on Chinese soil should send a signal to the rest of the world that
they have the courage to remember and honor the events surrounding
I hope that the parliament in connection to the commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the massacre will accept this donation, and will find a place for it in the parliament building.
The sculpture is made of copper and inspired by the sculpture The Pillar of Shame which has been erected on the Hong Kong U as a memorial of the Tiananmen massacre.
The orange paint symbolizes
the wish for an improvement of human rights in
With the hopes of one day
again being allowed entry into