16th October 2021 – (Hong Kong) The University of Hong Kong sent a letter from a lawyer to request the Hong Kong Alliance to remove the “Pillar of Shame” before this Wednesday (13th), otherwise it would be considered a waiver of right. However, the removal of “Pillar of Sham,e” has been delayed for more than 3 days.
According to foreign media reports, the US lawyer firm Mayer Brown no longer represents the University of Hong Kong in handling the request to remove the “pillar of shame” but did not explain the reason.
Jens Galschiot, the creator of “Pillar of Sorrow”, said that Danish Foreign Minister Jeppe Kofod has issued a statement expressing his concern about the incident. He believes that although the Danish government has no right to decide which artworks the universities of other countries choose to display, they peacefully express their opinions. Freedom of speech is a basic human right, and it is very important to be vigilant about freedom of expression and art. He has expressed his views to the Beijing authorities.