Arthur Lee Kwok Cheung, president of the Hong Kong University Council, said the statue “column of shame” created by Danish sculptor Jens Galchiot is a lie, and was not originally built to commemorate the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre.
Speaking on a radio show on Saturday, Lee said black whites would be contacted when he said the statue was built to commemorate the June 4, 1989 massacre.
He added that Galchiot originally created the statue to commemorate the Oklahoma City bombing that took place in the United States in April 1995, and that the faces painted on the statue belonged to Westerners, not Chinese.
Lee noted that the statue was eventually accepted by the dissolved Hong Kong Alliance in Support of China’s national democratic movements, after the United States said no to Galchiot.
Lee also said that the university once sought legal advice from Mayer Brown, but that the law firm quickly quit after coming under pressure from its US headquarters. The school then sought legal advice and ruled that it had the right to remove the statue from the campus grounds.
He noted that he had been surrounded by students for four to five hours when he first took office and held a meeting, and he believed the incident had something to do with the Civic Party.
He also believed that the party was trying to infiltrate their influence on campus and advance their political agenda by brainwashing students.
Lee stressed that students should pursue knowledge and ideals in school, but not fight and Molotov cocktails.
He noted that it was nice that the Student Union Council apologized shortly after they passed a motion to honor Leung Kin Fai, who stabbed a policeman on July 1, 2021.
Lee added that if the incarcerated youth truly regretted what they had done, the community should give them a second chance and the schools in the city should provide them a place.