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.


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