Statue still standing as deadline nears

Central Station | 13 Oct 2021

The Pillar of Shame statue was still standing tall yesterday at the University of Hong Kong, one day ahead of the university's deadline of removing the statue by 5pm today at the latest.

Some people, however, wondered if it could withstand the challenges from tropical cyclone Kompasu.

HKU previously ordered the now-defunct Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements of China to remove the seven-meter statue - commemorating the Tiananmen crackdown - from the campus by today, but the pro-democracy group rejected the demand.

Danish sculptor Jens Galschiot, who created the statue, said HKU would have to bear compensation on possible damage to the statue, warning that it could suffer "irreparable damage" if it was not handled by experts.

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