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Tiananmen museum seeks funds to preserve crackdown relics online

Looming Chinese national security law for Hong Kong spurs crowdfunding drive

The June 4th Museum in Mong Kok, Hong Kong, is the only permanent exhibition in the People's Republic of China that commemorates the 1989 Tiananmen crackdown. (Photo by Kenji Kawase)  

HONG KONG -- The operators of the world's only museum dedicated to preserving the memory of the June 4, 1989 Tiananmen crackdown have begun a global crowdfunding drive to take their collection online, prodded by the looming national security law Beijing plans to impose in Hong Kong.

"We have to preserve it, because we have an uncertain future," said Lee Cheuk-yan, chair of the Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements of China and a former legislator, at a news briefing on Saturday. "We don't know what will happen to this museum after the national security law is promulgated. This is also risk control, so what we have now could be preserved."

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