Press Release
24th of may 1997

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Updated: 20-06-00

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!

Jens Galschiøt

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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    1997: The Pillar of Shame in Hong Kong
    Additional Information:
    Categories: 1997: The Pillar of Shame in Hong Kong | Happenings and Art Installations | 1996-?: The Pillar of Shame | Activities related to China
    Themes: Criticism of governments | Free speech | Massacres | Schools involved
    Sculptures: Pillar of Shame
    Type: Press releases
    Dates: 1997 | 4th June 1997
    Locations: Tiananmen Square, Beijing, China | Baptist University, Hong Kong, China | Chinese University, Hong Kong, China | Haking Wong podium at the Hong Kong University, Hong Kong, China | Kai Tak Airport, Hong Kong, China | Lingnan College, Hong Kong, China | Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, China | University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong, China | Victoria Park, Hong Kong, China
    Co-operators and Helpers: Anne Lund | Art critics association, Mr Lau Kin Wai | Blue Water, forwarding agent | Cheung Man-kwong, a core member of the Hong Kong Democracy Movement | Chui Way-hang, student leader | Emely Lau, Urban Council | Erling Hoh | Georg Zoega | Hong Kong Christian Institute | Ip Kwok-chung, councillor | Jun Feng | Lasse Markus | Lene Jelling | Linda Wong Shui Hung, Students’ union, HK University | Martin Lee, MP Hong Kong | Niller Madsen | Patrick Wong Chun Sing, Students’ union, HK University | Robert Etches | Stanley Wing-Fai Ng | Students’ union, Hong Kong University
    Partners: Albert Ho | Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Democracy in China | Ocean Fung | Szeto Wah
    Related Persons and Entities: Chinese Government | Chris Patten, last British governor of Hong Kong | HK police | Hong Kong Arts Centre, Oscar Ho | Hong Kong University Social Science Institute | M+R (Metzger + Richner), forwarding agent | Recreation Committee in Hong Kong | Regional Council (in the New Territories) | SAR government | Tung Chee-hwa, HK head of government after 1st July 1997 | Urban Council Hong Kong | Urban Council, Select Committee | Xinhua (New China News Agency)
    Sponsors: BUPL | DeTrey Dentsply AG, Schweiz | Fredsfonden | Funch Fonden | Gelsted/Kirk/Scherfig fonden | Kultursekretariatet i Odense Kommune | Lysgaard Fonden | Socialpædagogernes Landsforbund / National Federation of Social Educators | Socialpædagogernes Landsforbund i Vejle | Vedstaarup Lerfabrik A/S