Taiwan unveils replica of statue honoring victims of Tiananmen Square Incident

A civic group in Taiwan unveiled a replica of the "Pillar of Shame" statue honoring the victims of the 1989 Tiananmen Square incident on its 33rd anniversary on Saturday.

The original sculpture created by a Danish artist had been on the University of Hong Kong's campus since 1998. Memorial services were held in front of the statue every year.

However, the university removed the statue last December following a series of arrests under the territory's national security law that is designed to clamp down on anti-government activities.

With permission from the Danish creator, the civic group in Taiwan has reproduced the statue using a 3-D printer.

About 500 participants, including Hong Kong people living in Taiwan, observed a silent prayer for 64 seconds from 8:09 p.m. that represented June 4, 1989.

The deadly incident unfolded after the Chinese military opened fire on pro-democracy students and other demonstrators who had gathered around the square.

Beijing says the incident left 319 people dead. But critics say the fatalities could be several thousand.

The organizers of Saturday's event said military aircraft and vessels of the same government which cracked down on students and deprived Hong Kong of its freedom are now deployed around Taiwan.

They said that if Taiwan people want citizens of other countries to think about Taiwan, they should regard what happened to those oppressed by the Chinese Communist Party as what they will experience.