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26 April 2019
Memory. Justice. Hope.
June 4th Museum reopens, against all odds
This year marks the 30th anniversary of the June 4 massacre. Against all odds, Hong Kong Alliance is now reopening the June 4th Museum ,the only place in China where the truth about June 4 can be told.
The June 4th Museum reopens on April 26 (the 30th anniversary of the infamous People’s Daily editorial irrevocably branding the 1989 pro-democracy demonstrations ‘turmoil’) with the theme ‘Memory. Justice. Hope’ to commemorate the sacrifice of martyrs and their dedication in the 1989 democracy movement.
The June 4 timer at the entrance of the new museum shows the number of years, months, days, hours, minutes and seconds since June 4, 1989.
The young curators have used 64 black-and-white photos to depict the 1989 Beijing student demonstrations for democracy and against corruption and official profiteering. Through the display of the possessions of Wang Nan and Wu Xiangdong, who died on June 4, and the evidence by survivor Zhang Jian, together with the commemorative military watch and pens issued to the People’s Liberation Army whom carried out the suppression, the scene of the crackdown is relived and the lies of the butcher regime exposed.
In addition to photos and exhibitions, multimedia such as videos and democracy songs present the spirit of the 1989 democracy movement and the truth of June 4. Through Virtual Reality, visitors can experience Hong Kong’s annual June 4 candlelight vigil.
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. We also hope that by recognizing the truth and remembering countless people’s contribution and sacrifice in the movement, we, especially the younger generation, can regain light and hope.
In China, the Communist Party attempts to erase people’s memory of this historical event and bans any discussion. In Hong Kong, we still have room for freedom of expression. Thus, we bear a greater responsibility to preserve history, inherit the truth, call for conscience, vindicate June 4, and promote reflection on the prospects for democracy in China. Hong Kong Alliance is determined in its call for vindication of June 4, accountability for the massacre, the end of one-party dictatorship, and a democratic China.
Under constant political pressure, funding for the June 4th Museum is vital. We ask for the support of people from all walks of life to help sustain museum operations.
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
Basic information about 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