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Search for memorabilia for Tiananmen display

HONG KONG (UCAN): A pro-democracy alliance is appealing for exhibits related to the Tiananmen Square Massacre of June 1989 to be put on display at a temporary memorial site in Hong Kong from April 29 to June 10.

“If there is a positive response, we will raise funds to turn the museum into a permanent one,” Lee Cheuk-yan, the president of the Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements of China, said on March 8.

He estimated that the cost of putting up a permanent museum would be at least $7 million.

The museum is to remember those who sacrificed their lives for the pro-democracy student movement in Beijing and to continue educating the younger generation about the protests which ended in a massacre by Chinese authorities.

Lee added that it also aims to prompt the communist government to learn from history, so that Chinese people can look forward to building a democratic and fair society. The display will include multimedia interactive learning material and artifacts, photographs and news reports.

“Artifacts are the most difficult to find, as the fleeing students left many things behind,” Lee explained, adding that the collection so far includes a spent bullet found in Tiananmen Square and a promotional pamphlet.

“We have asked people in Beijing and other Chinese cities to donate objects they may have kept from around the time of the movement,” Lee elaborated.

The alliance expects most visitors will be local people, but anticipates mainland tourists will also visit the display, as they know little about the history of the protests.

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