Hong Kong Police Confiscate Tiananmen Statue

Thirteen activists were detained in Hong Kong for commemorating the anniversary of the June 4 military crackdown. From AP:

…On Saturday, Hong Kong police officers confiscated a Tiananmen-themed statue and a carving shortly after pro-democracy activists set them up outside a popular mall as part of their annual commemorative activities, TV news footage showed.

The “Goddess of Democracy” statue — a new replica of a similar statue that was erected in Tiananmen Square during the 1989 protests — depicts a woman holding a torch and a book labeled with the words, “Liberty,” “Democracy” and “Justice.” The carving is a large tablet depicting the military action.

Pro-democracy activist Richard Tsoi said by telephone that police arrested him and 12 other activists, including an opposition legislator.

Hong Kong police said in a statement the two pieces had to be removed because the activists had not obtained a license to display them. Officers detained the 13 activists because they interfered with police work, the statement said. They were not immediately charged and were released on bail later Saturday.

May 30, 2010 4:43 PM
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