It's open, but will the June 4 Museum stay open in the long term?
The unofficial Tiananmen Square museum had its soft opening in Tsim Sha Tsui East today despite a lawsuit by the building's owners to have the museum removed on the grounds that it breached the building's rules of use.
Organizer Lee Cheuk-yan explained the museum is designed like a maze, presenting many pictures and explanations of what happened 25 years ago and finally ends with a two-metre replica of the Goddess of Democracy.
"I hope to attract both Hong Kong students and mainland visitors so that the truth about the June 4 massacre can be passed on to the next generation and radiated to the mainland," said Lee, who is also chairman of the Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements of China.
Lee believes the legal action from the owners' corporation of the Foo Hoo Centre on Austin Avenue was politically motivated on the pretext the museum would be a nuisance to other tenants.
However a reporter visited other tenants who didn't think the museum would be an issue, and claimed a store buying back cell phones from mainlanders was more troublesome.
Nevertheless, the museum has come up with an interesting souvenir that will hopefully evade customs officials back in China.
"We have produced USB memory sticks containing visuals and other kinds of documents about the June 4 student movement. Compared with clothes printed with June 4 information, I believe such memory sticks are much more likely to make it into the mainland," Lee said.
Perhaps the Chinese government will not be able to whitewash this watershed incident much longer?