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「六四記憶·人權博物館」面世：燭光不滅 真相不死 跨越時空 抗爭到底
香港市民支援愛國民主運動聯合會（支聯會）宣布，在1,186位眾籌參與者的支持下，「六四記憶．人權博物館」（ https://8964museum.com ）於2021年8月4日正式對公眾開放。
Candlelight, truth and struggle remain across time and space: Announcing the Opening of June 4 Memory & Human Rights Museum
(4 August 2021 press release)
The Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements of China (the Alliance) announces that with the support of 1,186 crowdfunders, the June 4 Memory & Human Rights Museum (https://8964museum.com) will officially open to the public on 4 August 2021.
Due to the drastic change in the political environment in Hong Kong and the intensifying political pressure, the June 4 Museum is currently closed and may consider reopening in the future if an appropriate form or venue is found. The June 4 Memory & Human Rights Museum will be separate from the Alliance upon its opening and will be operated independently by a curatorial team.
On 4 June 1989, when the army entered Beijing, the two-month-long Tiananmen democracy movement was ended by armed suppression. June 4 memories have been constantly tampered with and deleted by the government. In the past 30 years, Hong Kong people, acting as historical witnesses, have continuously supported China's democratic movement with 30 years of candlelight, fulfilling the promise to preserve the memories and the will to defend human rights.
On 4 June 2020, the Alliance launched crowdfunding for preserving history in a permanent space. The online June 4 Memory & Human Rights Museum keeps artifacts, files, videos, oral history and other items that have been collected in Hong Kong over the past 30 years. It also links to June 4 research archives of academic institutions around the world. This is not only to rescue memories and keep the promise but also to reconstruct the narratives and connect the history of China’s 1989 democracy movement with the history of struggle in Hong Kong and around the world.
From June to August 2020, during the fundraising period, the museum received generous support of HK$1,675,032 from 1,186 donors, and the donations were fully invested in the preparation of the museum. The museum invited Mr. Chang Ping, a Chinese journalist who personally experienced the 1989 movement, to serve as the Chief Curator and build the curatorial, archival and technical teams around the world.
On the opening of the June 4 Memory & Human Rights Museum’, six permanent exhibitions will be online, including the Temporal Section, Spatial Section, People Profile Section, Hong Kong Section, Literature and Art Section, and Media Section. The museum will continue to update the collections, supplement the content of the existing sections, gradually release more detailed historical materials, provide multilingual versions, and launch special exhibitions on a non-regular basis according to currrent affairs and anniversary themes.
Introductions of the initial six permanent exhibitions follow:
Temporal Section: the history of struggle and the unfinished road
This is a mobile monument with four intersecting timelines: 1) The main line describes in details the mass democracy movement in China from April to June 1989; 2) A second line clearly presents the series of suppressions and controls on the society since the establishment of the Chinese Communist Party in 1949 and how this model spread throughout the world after 1989; 3) A third background line shows how the 1989 movement influenced a change in the international political landscape in the USSR and Eastern Europe, marking the history of the struggle for democracy and freedom in those places; 4) A fourth line, called the lifeline, shows the struggles of individuals within the context of history.
Spatial Section: A square in each corner of the world
This is the June 4 archives presented in the form of maps, a solemn historical space constructed with large-scale data, lists and files. The 1989 democracy movement reached almost every large and medium-sized city in China, involving all universities, nearly half of the secondary schools, and countless academic institutions, industrial and mining enterprises and public institutions.
Millions of protesters, spanning diverse ages, classes, and professions, directly participated. Although this library list only a portion that can be acquired and documented, it is sufficient to see that the movement was significant in the history of the struggle for freedom. The data also show the massive mobilization of the army by the suppressor, as if carrying out an act of war.
People Profile Section: Every person’s history of June 4
Any person that the museum confirmed to be related to June 4 will be included, no matter whether dead, survivor, defender or suppressor, both famous and unknown. Everyone can be both the hero of the times and the dust of the times. The youthful passion and courage should not amount to no more than an unspoken eulogy. The soldiers who chased and killed students were the executioners even if they were following orders. 4 June 1989 was not only a significant event in Chinese and world history, as a movement of millions of participants, these people are us and every person around us.
Hong Kong Section: A dream that will not die
The support and donations from Hong Kong during the June 4 struggle, the post-suppression ‘Operation Yellowbird’ escape route, and the candlelight vigils in Victoria Park for 30 years regardless of rain or storm all have brought protesters strength and hope. Hong Kong's role can be considered both part of the June 4 democracy movement and its own independent struggle. Hong Kong experienced the June 4 democracy movement from the start, inherited the goals, and now suffers a similar suppression. The two narrative lines of this section include the history of June 4 rescue operations and the local Hong Kong struggle.
Literature and Art Section: This song will be your elegy in the future
The demand for freedom, righteousness and love is the most beautiful voice of the human heart. Thirty years of candlelight vigils in Victoria Park were like 30 large concerts. Thousands of individuals who participated in the 1989 democracy movement drew the art of struggle with their lives, and constructed history, human nature and dignity over time. The various artworks of different types collected here are not only the memory and thoughts of the 1989 democracy movement but also represent various struggles themselves. Compared to similar historical events, our collection is not extensive, but it can also serve as a witness to the ruthless suppression of creative freedom and human imagination by the authoritarian regime.
Media Section: Writing the future through the past
Over the past 70 years, the biggest pride of Chinese media is the nearly free media reporting during the period of the 1989 democracy movement. Tanks and machine guns eventually put an end to this brief period. As the Chinese media has been silent about this event that shocked the world for more than 30 years, this has become the greatest shame of the Chinese media. Fortunately, the media of the free world, especially on the anniversary every five years, repeatedly relives the historical scenes, outlines the overall image of the long-term resistance, and illustrates the distance between the past and future.
Over the past 30 years, the June 4 candlelight vigils at Victoria Park regardless of rain or storm have been a sign of Hong Kong's conscience and high degree of autonomy and freedom. Today, the sea of candlelight in Victoria Park can hardly reappear, and the resistance movement is facing hardship. The Alliance has had to make difficult decisions and asks for the understanding of all parties. Yet even in the face of such difficulties and challenges, as we have made our commitment, the Alliance will continue to persevere step by step. We firmly believe that the candlelight will not be extinguished even if scattered. The independent operation of June 4 Memory & Human Rights Museum will be a lasting mark of persistence. Those who refuse to forget June 4 can light the candles at the museum to brigten our path and guard our memories for the future.
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