Global Campaign Unveils "Pillar of Shame" Banners across 40+ Cities Worldwide
34 years ago China initiated the Tiananmen Massacre, killing the hopes of a Chinese generation. The event is commemorated across the world by those still oppressed by China, and those who support Freedom of Speech and Democracy…

Previous Manifestations - Many more to go... Se update - SCROLL DOWN TO SEE THE FULL LIST OF MANIFESTATIONS!
I have to say that I am quite excited about the upcoming events! Inspired by the message embodied in the "Pillar of Shame," a global campaign has emerged, uniting exile Hongkongers, Tiananmen survivors, Human Rights organizations etc.
The organizations display 1:1 scale banners depicting the "Pillar of Shame" for the traditional commemoration of the Tiananmen Square Massacre on June 4th, 1989.
Communities across the United States, England, Taiwan, Germany, France, Belgium, Sweden, Canada, Norway, Japan, New Zealand, Australia, Korea, Netherlands, Czechia, Poland, Denmark and counting participate in the manifestations…  

This widespread mobilization aims to ensure that the world never forgets the atrocities committed in Tiananmen Square and denounce ongoing human rights violations perpet
rated by the Chinese regime.
Using banners, 3D scanned replicas and digital images of The Pillar of Shame the events serve as a rallying cry for justice, emphasizing the universal value of freedom of expression and the collective determination to resist oppression.
I for one look forward to see how the events unfold.
Kind regards Jens Galschiøt, Artist
You dont have to have a banner to participate! We encourage anybody with sympathy for the cause to join in.
Here are some ideas as to how:
Organisation/contact (alternative write to get in touch)
USA - New York
Human Rights in China & China Democracy Party
USA - Los Angeles
China Democracy Party Youth Department
USA - Washington DC
USA – Boston
Boston Alliance for Commemoration of Tiananmen Massacre
USA - San Francisco
Humanitarian China and Chinese Democracy Education Foundation
USA - Newberry Springs, California.
Weiming Chen, artist, Liberty Sculpture Park,
USA - San Francisco
St. Francis Episcopal Church of willow Glen
Japan, Tokyo
Tokyo Alliance for Commemorating Tiananmen Massacre
Japan, Tokyo
Stand with HK@JPN
Taiwan, Taipei
New School of Democracy,
Taiwan, Taipei,
Dialogue China,
Korea, Seoul
White Paper in Korea
Canada, Toronto
Assembly of Citizens,
Czech Republic, Prague
Netherlands, Amsterdam
Manifestation led by: James Shengliang Lin,
Germany, Berlin e. V. Aniessa Andresen,, Ph: (+49) 7723-8739633 &
Germany, Frankfurt
Germany, Düsseldorf
Germany, Munich
New Zealand, Wellington
Contact for details
New Zealand, Auckland
New Zealand Alliance for Commemorating Tiananmen Massacre event
Warsaw Poland
Free Chinese in Poland, Pawel Mueli
England, London
London Alliance for Commemorating Tiananmen Massacre.
England, Leeds
HongKongers in Leeds
England, London (Kingston)
Kingston UK HKers Stand with Hong Kong & Sutton Hong Kong Culture & Arts Society
England, Birmingham
Hongkongers in Britain (West Midlands)
England, London
Ipac Global,
England, Nottingham      
Nottingham Stands with Hong Kong - - Event:
Scotland, Aberdeen
Scottish Hongkongers
France, Paris
Solidarité Chine
Belgium,  Bruxelles (European Parliament)
Reinhard Bütikofer, Member of European Parliament The Greens/EFA
Sweden, Stockholm
Hong Kong Committee In Norway   
Australia, Sidney
Australia-Hong Kong Links (NSW)
Australia, Brisbane
Hong Kong International Alliance Brisbane
Australia, Melbourne
Victoria Hongkongers Association
Denmark, Silkeborg
Enhedslisten (The Red/Green Alliance) & A -Global Solidaritet.
Juhl,, Ph.+45 5370 5098
Denmark, Give
Skulpturby Give,, Ph. Viggo: +45 2217 3335
Denmark, Copenhagen (Gammeltorv)
Amnesty International Denmark, Head of Communication and Media – Malene Haakansson
Denmark, Copenhagen
Denmark, Thisted
Denmark, Odense            
Art In Defence of Humanism - (JensGalschiot)
Previous Banner Manifestations
It is impossible to keep track of all the manifestations, but here is a list of some of the ones we know of… Keep yourself updated on here and #RememberTiananmen #PillarofShame #BannerManifestations
May 7
USA, Times Square, New York               
May 7
USA, Los Angeles,
By China Democracy Party Youth Department
May 14
USA, Stanford University,
by Humanitarian China & Chinese Democracy Education Foundation. Led by @fangzheng1989 
May 14
USA, UC Berkeley,
by Humanitarian China and Chinese Democracy Education Foundation
May 14
USA, Golden Gate Bridge,
By Humanitarian China & Chinese Democracy Education Foundation. Led by @fangzheng1989
May 19
USA, California,
by artist Weiming Chen,
May 21
USA, Santa Monica Pier
by China Democracy Party Youth Department, Media:  Voice of America, Free Asia, The Epoch Times 
May 28
USA Capital Square, Washington
May 30
France, Notre Dame,
by Solidarité Chine.
On May 5 Hong Kong government broke the deadlock over the controversial sculpture the Pillar of Shame, by seizing it to use it as evidence against the democracy movement. All about it here.
22 May - 20 June
On 22 May, the 8m high Pillar of Shame was erected in the middle of Berlin. The sculpture is a copy of the Pillar of Shame in Hong Kong, Mexico and Brazil.
Before China's takeover, there was, in Hong Kong, an annual tradition for prominent members of the democracy movement to (re)paint the pillar of shame Orange. On the opening day in Berlin, we followed the tradition and painted the sculpture Orange. 
The exhibition has been made in collaboration with the Axel Springer Freedom Foundation, which facilitates the project. Amongst others, the photographer behind the legendary Tank Man from Tiananmen 1989 came to take photos of the exhibition.
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Artist Jens Galschiøt, wants to know where his sculpture the Pillar of Shame is, and get it out of Hong Kong. But University of Hong Kong refuses to cooperate. Now NGOdei is starting a campaign to get the sculpture back.
Over a year has gone since my sculpture was taken down on December 22, 2021 in the middle of the night. It came as a shock to me as I was not informed about it. Now I cannot even get information about where my sculpture is. So says Danish artist Jens Galschiøt. He is the creator and rightful owner of the Pillar of Shame. A sculpture that commemorates the Tiananmen Massacre in Beijing in 1989 and was erected at University of Hong Kong in 1997 by Hong Kongs students and the Democratic Alliance.
For over a year, Galschiot has tried to find a way to get the sculpture out of Hong Kong and back to Europe. The Pillar of Shame has been described as the most sought after sculpture in the world and it is extremely valuable - both economically and as an artistic symbol of resistance against Chinas clenching of basic freedom rights in Hong Kong. Therefore it is imperative to get it back.   
The Artist don't even know which state the sculpture is in, and it looked like it was damaged when the University took it down. I publicly offered to come to Hong Kong with a crew to take the sculpture down, warning it could be damaged if they did it without me. The offer was all over the media in Hong Kong, so the university cannot have missed it - still they never contacted me, says Galschiot. 
It is quite frustrating, Galschiot says. My shipping company is ready to transport the sculpture, and I have a crane company on standby in Hong Kong. I need the sculpture for an exhibition at my gallery in Denmark. He continues The University of Hong Kong knows that it is my property, which they have clearly confirmed to my lawyers - so the sculpture should be in my possession and not locked in a container somewhere in Hong Kong. 
Galschiot is clearly frustrated: My lawyers have been contacting University of Hong Kong through the universitys lawyers for months and months. First they did not answer at all. When they finally responded the solicitor was out of office. Then he had left for three weeks' vacation. And now the lawyers say they haven't got 'any instructions from University of Hong Kong in respect of our proposal to inspect and remove the Pillar'. My curator can't even get access to see the Pillar. For me it seems like deliberate obstruction, and I think China is pulling the strings, deliberately obstructing the process of getting the Pillar of Shame out of Hong Kong. See full corespondence. 
Galschiots says he thinks that China is afraid of the sculpture and of it being exhibited: The Pillar of Shame sends a reminder of Chinas brutal aggression in Tiananmen in 1989 - and later their destruction of the democracy movement and basic human rights in Hong Kong. Galschiot continues: Paradoxically, by locking the symbol of freedom of expression into a steel container, China has made a new symbol of their own brutal takeover of Hong Kong where they have forbidden all freedom of expression. 
Return the Pillar - A Campaign to get The Pillar of Shame back. 
Now the Hong Kong supporting organisation NGOdei has lost its patience and started a campaign - called Return the Pillar - aiming to use digital tools like 3d prints and augmented reality to make the Pillar of Shame present everywhere. In this way the digital Pillar of Shame will be used as a driving force for the Hong Kong Freedom movement, and create awareness about the situation in order to get the sculpture out of the grip of University of Hong Kong and shipped abroad. I am grateful that NGOdei has started the campaign, says Galschiot and continues, and I am honoured that the Hong Kong movement will use my sculpture in their struggle against Chinese takeover. He ends: I really hope the Return the Pillar campaign can help get the process running to get the sculpture out of Hong Kong. 
Background - The monument in Hong Kong
In 1997, I erected an 8 meter tall monument in Hong Kong in memorial of the massacre. This monument is so far still the only memorial about the Tiananmen Square massacre on Chinese soil. 
Placing this sculpture in Hong Kong cost me a permanent expulsion from China and two expulsions from Hong Kong. I think it's important that artists, cultural groups, and others that defend human rights use their freedom of speech to tell the story of the massacre. I hope that you will help in doing this. 
32 years after the massacre history seems to be tragically repeating itself. Now with Hong Kong as the epicenter for youth demanding their basic Human Rights and the Chinese Government forcefully fighting down the youth. China has passed landmark legislation to force national security laws in Hong Kong, effectively crushing the city's autonomy, removing pro-democratic forces from the parliament and sending pro-democrats in jail.
In February 2020 I erected ‘A Pillar of Shame’ sculpture in front of the Danish parliament, as a protest against that China is once again using extreme force against youth people demonstrating for their democracy rights, this time in Hong Kong.
The China's National People's Congress are now directly interfering with the justice system and the freedom of speech in Hong Kong, which is an unprecedented violation of the agreement between England and China for the handover of Hong Kong. China has fundamentally changed the status of Hong Kong and basic Human and Democracy rights are no longer respected as they used to be.
 About Hong Kong at the moment
China’s supression of free speech is spreading to Hong Kong. Galschiot is just one of many critics who have been denied entry. So the city is deprived of a cultural exchange that is taken for granted in all open democratic societies. The expulsions are a blatant violation of the principle of ‘One country – Two systems’ that was guaranteed as part of Hong Kong’s reunion with China in ‘97.

In 2013 Galschiøt managed to enter Hong Kong to repair ‘The Pillar of Shame’. In these very years Hong Kong stands on the precipice of realizing the 1997 agreements with China, to develop a real democracy in Hong Kong. But they are under a lot of pressure from non-democratic forces. The results of these negotiations are crucial for the future of Hong Kong.
Throughout 2019 and 2020 massive demonstrations in Hong Kong took place. They fought for their basic human rights that China promised Hong Kong's citizens when they took over the country in 1997, But the peaceful demonstrations have been met with comprehensive violent force from Hong Kong's police.
Today China has passed landmark legislation to force national security laws in Hong Kong, effectively crushing the city's autonomy, removing pro-democratic forces from the parliament and sending pro-democrats in jail.
A functioning democracy on Chinese ground, even though only in Hong Kong, has been an extremely important symbol for the more than one billion living in mainland China. With the new security law, this symbol is gone.
The Pillar of Shame was taken down by university of Hong Kong on Dec. 22, 2021. It was dont in the cover of night, without any information to the sculptures rightful owner, Jens Galschiøt.
As of April, 2023, the sculpture is locked in a container somewhere in Hong Kong. Dialogue with University of Hong Kong to get access to it has been to no avail. 
Useful links:  
Download the documents about Tiananmen 1989
The democracy movement in Hong Kong:
Phone: +852 2782 6111

NOTE - The democracy movement is no more, and many of its members are in jail due to Hong Kongs security Law. 
Contact Jens Galschiot: E-mail:, Internet:, tel. +45 6618 4058, Banevaenget 22, DK-5270 Odense N
About Jens Galschiøt
Danish artist Jens Galschiøt has created many socio-critical sculptures and installations through the years. Most often they are placed in public spaces around the world – as needle-sticks and silent reminders of a world that, in his opinion, is out of balance, and where exploitation of the world’s resources, inequality and migration are a constant part of the picture.
9 meter tall banners
Galschiot and former prime minister and Nato General Secretary Anders Fogh
Loretta Lau er kurator og leder kampagnen "Return the Pillar" gennem NGO DEI.
Jens Galachiøt and people from China's democracy movement


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