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Hong Kong's June Fourth museum to reopen within a year in a new home

Just two years since it opened, the first permanent museum to commemorate the Tiananmen crackdown was forced to close on Monday. (Photo by Kenji Kawase)

HONG KONG -- What was supposed to be a permanent museum in Hong Kong commemorating the crackdown on unarmed students and civilians in Tiananmen Square on June 4, 1989, was closed down on Monday, only two years after it opened. The premature closure came about following a prolonged lawsuit instigated by the owner of the building in which the exhibition was housed. However, counting on a new round of financial and popular support, the museum's organizers are confident it will make a stronger comeback in a new home within a year.

"We feel [great regret] that we have to close down this museum," said Albert Ho Chun-yan, chairman of the Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements of China, on Monday. The Alliance, which sponsors the annual candlelit vigil in Victoria Park on June 4, has opened, organized and operated the museum since April 2014.

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