Lights out for June 4th Museum in TST as bigger site sought

July 12, 2016 12:09
The museum's relocation is estimated to cost an additional HK$3 million on top of proceeds from the sale of the unit. Photo: Facebook

A museum in Tsim Sha Tsui about the 1989 Tianamen Square massacre is closing on Tuesday, after it opened more than two years ago, but there are plans to find a new site with bigger space, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.

The June 4th Museum, located on the fifth floor of Foo Hoo Centre on Austin Avenue, was established by the Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements in China on April 27, 2014.

It features photos, films, books, documents and memorabilia about the democracy movement staged by students in Tiananmen Square and the bloody crackdown by People's Liberation Army troops that followed.

While it has attracted quite a number of visitors, it has also been troubled by a lawsuit brought up by the incorporated owners of the building for breach of contract.

The company managing the property had also asked that the number of visitors to the museum be limited and their personal information registered.

Legislator Lee Cheuk-yan, who is the alliance’s secretary-general, said he suspected there might be political motives behind the lawsuit as the plaintiffs’ litigation fees were all paid by only one of them.

Alliance chairman Albert Ho Chun-yan said all of these have affected the museum's operations, prompting the group to decide to relocate it to avoid wasting any more time and money.

Ho said the unit occupied by the museum has been put up for sale, although the alliance will still consider opening its doors to interested visitors based on requests until a buyer of the property is found.

The alliance has also launched a fund-raising campaign for the relocation, which is estimated to cost an additional HK$3 million on top of proceeds from the sale of the unit.

It has raised about HK$1.14 million as of end-June.

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Hong Kong Economic Journal