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World's first museum dedicated to Tiananmen crackdown to open in Hong Kong

Published on Apr 18, 2014 8:54 PM
A "statue of democracy" is set up at the yet to be open June 4 Memorial museum in Hong Kong on Friday, April 18, 2014, a space dedicated to the remembrance of the bloody 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown. -- PHOTO: AFP

HONG KONG (AFP) - The world's first museum dedicated to the bloody Tiananmen Square crackdown wants to convince Chinese visitors to fight for democracy when it opens in Hong Kong next week, almost 25 years on, organisers said on Friday.

The permanent exhibition, which is scheduled to open next Saturday, commemorates those killed in the authorities' brutal crushing of pro-democracy protesters in Beijing on June 3 to 4, 1989.

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

The museum is funded by the Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements of China, which also organises the annual June 4 candlelit vigil in Hong Kong attended by tens of thousands.

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