Letzte Aktualisierung: October 21, 2021

Pillar of Shame: relocation to Taiwan?

The Pillar of Shame in Hong Kong

For years, the "Pillar of Shame" has stood in Hong Kong to commemorate the bloody suppression of the 1989 democracy movement in Beijing. With the introduction of the National Security Law, supporters of the Beijing regime finally see their chance to ban the memorial from the city. But its creator already has new plans for the artwork.

"It's still standing," says Jens Galschiøt on the phone – with a distinct pride in his voice. The ultimatum has expired, but no one has yet dared to remove the eight-meter-tall sculpture made of red-coated concrete, depicting emaciated bodies with faces contorted in pain. Galschiøt created the "Pillar of Shame". It commemorates one of the darkest chapters in Chinese history: The bloody suppression of the protests in June 1989. It has stood on the premises of the University of Hong Kong for the past 24 years. But its time is now up. Beijing's authoritarian takeover of the city leaves no room for dark chapters.
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