Hong Kong university bans Tiananmen statue

Tensions simmer over public mourning on anniversary of Tiananmen crackdown.

Hong Kong: A Hong Kong university has banned students from erecting a statue that honours victims of the 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown, as tensions simmer over public mourning in the semi-autonomous Chinese territory on the 21st anniversary of the bloodshed.

The Chinese University of Hong Kong said in a statement on Thursday the school "must maintain its principle of political neutrality”.

The head of the university`s student union, which made the statue request, accused the administration of being hypocritical, noting the university`s president, Lawrence Lau, wasn`t neutral because he serves on advisory bodies to both the Hong Kong and central Chinese governments.

China`s government has never fully disclosed what happened when the military crushed the weeks-long, student-led protests on the night of June 03-04, 1989, possibly killing thousands of students, activists and ordinary citizens.

It has long maintained that the protests were a "counterrevolutionary riot”.


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