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Hong Kong's June Fourth museum makes temporary comeback amid political pressure

Organizers seek support for full reopening and bring back youth to the movement

Albert Ho Chun-yan, right, chairman of the Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements of China and Lee Cheuk-yan, center, a core member of the Alliance, announce the reopening of the June Fourth Museum. (Photo by Kenji Kawase)

HONG KONG -- A museum dedicated to the brutal crackdown against unarmed students and civilians in Tiananmen Square on June 4, 1989 has reopened. The institution, which was originally intended to be a permanent memorial, closed last July after only two years.

Political pressure from Beijing and its supporters in Hong Kong, however, means the museum, which reopened in a different location on Sunday, will be temporary. But the organizers and activists behind the museum's reappearance are optimistic they can gain enough public support to reestablish it on a permanent site. They are also hoping to attract local Hong Kong youth, who are increasingly apathetic toward issues relating to mainland China.

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