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Hong Kong deports creator of Beijing Tiananmen Square Massacre Statue

Posted by Author on June 2, 2010

DPA, via earthtimes.org, June 2, 2010-

Hong Kong – The creator of a statue made to commemorate this week’s anniversary of the deadly 1989 government crackdown on pro-democracy demonstrators in Beijing has been deported from Hong Kong, a legislator said Wednesday.

New Zealand national Chen Weiming flew to Hong Kong Tuesday to inspect his Goddess of Democracy statue, one of two statues seized by police during weekend demonstrations in the former British colony.

However, Democratic Party legislator James To, who went to meet Chen at Hong Kong’s airport, said US resident Chen was held overnight by immigration officials and then deported.

To accused the Hong Kong government and police of trying to “suppress the June 4 remembrance activities.”

Secretary for Security Ambrose Lee refused to comment on Chen’s case but told the government-run radio station RTHK that immigration authorities “comply fully with the law” when barring entry.

He dismissed complaints of political persecution against activists commemorating the June 4, 1989, crackdown, pointing out police had returned the two statues.

Police triggered a storm of protest by confiscating the two replicas of the Goddess of Democracy, a statue erected by students in Beijing during the 1989 protests at Tiananmen Square.

The Danish sculptor of another statue commemorating the protests has twice been refused entry to Hong Kong before previous anniversaries.

Hong Kong, which reverted to Chinese rule in 1997 and has political freedoms denied to people elsewhere in China, is the only place in China where the June 4 anniversary is commemorated.

DPA

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