torsdag 5. august 2021

Hong Kong's Tiananmen Square museum moves online following June closure

 Hong Kong's most controversial destination was forced to close just two days before a hugely significant date in the global pro-democracy calendar -- but the activist group behind the museum has announced they have digitized their entire collection and moved it online.

Located inside a nondescript high-rise building wedged between a gas station and a highway overpass in Kowloon, the June 4 Museum was the only museum in Greater China -- which includes the mainland, Hong Kong and Taiwan -- that commemorates the Beijing government's crackdown against student protesters in Tiananmen Squarein 1989.

On June 1, Hong Kong officials from the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department (FEHD) visited the museum in the working-class area of Mong Kok and accused the organizers of operating a "place of public entertainment" illegally.  "Our department recently received a complaints that someone in a unit in a commercial building on Mong Kok Road was operating an entertainment venue without the required license," the FEHD told CNN in a statement.  They added that this license is required for all businesses that "entertain people" regardless of whether they charge money as an entry fee. The museum was free to visit.

Now, the museum's holdings have been fully digitized and moved online, although currently information is only available in Chinese.