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World's 1st museum dedicated to Tiananmen Square crackdown opens in Hong Kong

Published on Apr 26, 2014 11:09 PM
 

HONG KONG (AFP) - The world's first museum dedicated to the Tiananmen Square crackdown opened in Hong Kong on Saturday with an emotive ceremony and protests from pro-China demonstrators.

Almost 25 years after the Chinese authorities' brutal repression of pro-democracy protesters in Beijing, the permanent exhibition is one of the only places in China where the massacre of June 3 to 4, 1989, can be commemorated.

All reference to the crackdown is banned on the mainland, where many remain unaware of it.

"The one thing I remember most vividly was that 25 years ago, right after the massacre, Beijing residents told us one thing - that we must tell the true story of what happened to the world," said Mr Lee Cheuk-yan, chairman of the pro-democracy group that is funding the museum.

 A visitor looks at a statue of the Goddess of Democracy at Hong Kong's museum dedicated to the Tiananmen Square pro-democracy protests, in Tsim Sha Tsui April 26, 2014. The world's first museum dedicated to the Tiananmen Square crackdown opened in Hong Kong on Saturday with an emotive ceremony and protests from pro-China demonstrators. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
 
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