While Chinese officials said about 200 died in the massacre, other estimates put the number of victims in the hundreds or thousands, according to BBC. In 2017, British documents revealed that the death total was closer to 10,000. The university said they removed the statue due to fears of its "legal risks."
Jens Galschioet, the sculptor who created the Pillar of Shame, told the Associated Press this was a message to students that Hong Kong is cracking down on dissent. Galschioet has offered to take the statue back to Denmark. He also has gotten an offer to put the statue in a Washington, D.C., park across from the Chinese embassy. Canada, Norway and Taiwan have also offered him spots.