24th of may 1997
To the press
First of all I will emphasize that the Pillar of Shame will be displayed in Victoria Park in Hong Kong on 4th June as the focal point of the Candlelight Vigil in commemoration of the Beijing massacre. In spite of the Urban Council's ban on the sculpture in Hong Kong parks, the Pillar of Shame will be a poignant symbol of the struggle for human rights and the freedom of expression in China, including Hong Kong. By this decision the Urban Council has sold itself like a sack of rice to the old men's regime in Beijing. This grotesque example of self censorship is a gloomy presage for the freedom of expression. Within a few days the Regional Council will decide about a permission for setting up the sculpture. So there will be a new wrestling between fearless democrats and fellow travellers who think their rights can be defended by giving concessions to authoritarian regimes, in spite of numerous lessons of history that tell us that if you give them an inch they will take a yard!
More information is available by Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements of China 9/F Good Hope Building 618 Nathan Road Kowloon - Hong Kong Contact person: Mr Albert Ho Tel. (852) 2522 7721/ 2782 6111 Fax (852) 2868 2797
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