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Tiananmen museum wants artifacts

Organizers want to turn temporary exhibition into permanent one

Lee Cheuk-yan shows Chinese newspapers of 1989 Lee Cheuk-yan shows Chinese newspapers of 1989
  • ucanews.com reporter, Hong Kong
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  • March 8, 2012
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A pro-democracy alliance is appealing for exhibits related to the events in Tiananmen Square in June 1989 to fill a temporary memorial museum to be opened next month.

“If there is a positive response, we will raise funds to turn the museum into a permanent one,” said Lee Cheuk-yan, president of the Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements of China.

A permanent museum would cost at least HK$7 million (US$901,600), he said yesterday.

The museum is to remember those who sacrificed their lives for the pro-democratic student movement in Beijing and to continue educating the younger generation about the protests which ended in a  bloody crackdown by Chinese authorities.

It also aims to prompt the Communist government to learn from history so that Chinese people can look forward to building a democratic and fair society, Lee said.

The temporary museum will be open to the public from April 29 to June 10.

It will contain multimedia interactive learning material and will display artifacts, photos and news reports.

“Artifacts are the most difficult to find as the fleeing students left many things behind,” said Lee.

Their collection so far includes a spent bullet found in Tiananmen Square and a promotional pamphlet.

“We have asked people in Beijing and other Chinese cities to donate objects they may have kept from around the time of the movement,” said Lee.

The alliance expects most visitors will be locals but anticipates mainland tourists will also visit as they know little about the history of the protests.

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