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June 4th Museum opening
This year marks the 30th anniversary of the June 4 massacre, and at last Hong Kong Alliance is reopening the June 4th Museum, the only place on Chinese soil where the truth about June 4 can be told.
As the Museum was preparing for the opening, the iron gate on the front door was found opened on April 7 and the lock was gone. Ten wall sockets, the main fuse and the fuse box had also been vandalised with salt water. Recently, some people claiming to represent fellow property owners in the building where the Museum is housed protested outside, causing nuisance to building tenants and nearby residents. These are obviously malicious acts meant to prevent the Museum from reopening.
Hong Kong Alliance foresees more sabotage, whether overt or covert, in the future. We will strive to continue our work. No matter how repressive the authoritarian regime or how difficult the hurdles ahead, we will not back down and will fight to the end.
The June 4th Museum is scheduled to reopen on April 26, the 30th Anniversary of the People's Daily editorial that irrevocably labelled the 1989 pro-democracy demonstrations “turmoil”. Its theme is 'Memory. Justice. Hope.' to commemorate the martyrs who gave their lives in 1989 and honor their dedication.
History of the June 4th Museum:
1. Temporary June 4th Museums were set up in Sham Shui Po and City University of Hong Kong in 2012 and 2013 respectively. In 2014, a space at Foo Hoo Centre, Tsim Sha Tsui was purchased, and the permanent June 4th Museum opened. However, the building owners' corporation brought litigation against the Museum and the management office often harassed Museum visitors. The Museum also had limited space for larger exhibitions and other activities such as lectures, which seriously restricted the development and educational initiatives of the Museum. In 2016, the Standing Committee of Hong Kong Alliance discussed and approved selling the property and looking for a bigger space to reopen the Museum.
2. In 2017 and 2018, Hong Kong Alliance organised special exhibitions of the June 4th Museum at the Victoria Park Lunar New Year Fair and venues provided by like-minded groups. It also fundraised for museum expansion and searched for a new site. Finally a space was purchased in Mong Kok in early 2019 to reopen the June 4th Museum.
3. In keeping with the purpose of similar memorials around the world, only by telling the truth, protecting memory, learning from history, distinguishing between right and wrong, and upholding justice can such a criminal tragedy be prevented from happening again.
4. The goals of the June 4th Museum are to never forget June 4, to invoke our conscience, to pass on the torch, to explain to the public the history of the 1989 democracy movement, and to understand its causes and consequences. It is hoped that both the government and the public can learn from history and together discuss the significance of building a fair and just society.
What’s inside the June 4th Museum
• An exhibition introducing the 1989 democracy movement and the June 4 massacre including priceless objects, documents, videos, photos, and eyewitness testimony, as well as showcasing the solidarity of people in Hong Kong, Macau and abroad
• Exhibits of material evidence of June 4 victims and survivors, including possessions of Wang Nan and Wu Xiangdong, sons of the Tiananmen mothers, Zhang Xianling and Xu Wei.
• A virtual reality experience of the June 4 candlelight vigil in Hong Kong
• A photo-taking area with a clock displaying how much time has passed since June 4, 1989. Even though time passes, people's determination to pursue justice and democracy does not diminish. The time shown in each photo is different, a reminder of time’s importance. Now is the time to pass on the historical truth to the next generation.
• A book corner displaying books and publications related to the 1989 democracy movement and June 4 massacre as well as unclassified documents about June 4 from the governments of various countries including the UK, the US and Canada
• A video-viewing area where various June 4 and Tiananmen Mothers documentaries can be seen
• A gift corner where books and souvenirs on the democracy movement can be purchased
The basics on the June 4th Museum
• Address: 10/F, Ngai Wong Commercial Building, 11-13 Mong Kok Road, Mong Kok, Kowloon (Mong Kok MTR Station Exit A2)
• Opening hours: 1 May-16 June, Monday to Sunday and public holidays, 12 noon to 6 pm (subsequent opening hours will be announced)
• School and group visits: Schedule time by appointments
• Free admission. Donations welcomed.
Please donate and support 'June 4th Museum'
Hang Seng Bank：368-286498-001（HKD） ；395-410673-883（Other currencies and RMB）
Account name: Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements of China