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HKFP: 29 books on June 4th were removed from the library’s 1989 democracy movement leader Wang Dan: Unexpected history is written in people’s minds | Position Reports | Position News

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Since the Hong Kong National Security Law was implemented in Hong Kong last year, the Leisure and Cultural Services Department has successively reviewed and removed political books from the shelves. Following the removal of many books on “civil disobedience” earlier, HKFP reported today (21st) that the Leisure and Cultural Services Department has removed 29 books on June 4th and Tiananmen Square, including the “Memoirs of Wang Dan in Prison” by the pro-democracy leader Wang Dan. “. Wang Dan’s reply to the “Position” stated that the news was expected. “The authorities have a very clear purpose, that is, to cover up history.” He called on the people of Hong Kong to launch a “War of Memory” and “retain information about Hong Kong in a manner permitted by his own terms. Four historical memories”.

In 2009, the public library had more than one thousand books on June 4th

According to a 2009 Legislative Council document, the then Acting Secretary for Home Affairs Xu Xiaohui responded to the then Legislative Council Member Cheng Kar-fu’s enquiry, stating that the Hong Kong Public Library had a total of 149 books on the June 4th incident and related topics, with a total of 1162 books, plus the time. “According to the needs of readers” is purchasing 250 more books, that is, a total of 1,412 related books, of which 82% are available for loan. In addition, the library also stores newspaper and magazine materials containing the June 4th incident that year for readers to use.

However, HKFP reported today that 29 titles and a total of 263 titles of 149 titles contained in the document have been removed from the shelves of the Hong Kong Public Library, of which 26 titles are in Chinese and 3 titles are in English. Of the remaining 120 titles, only 26 titles are still available for immediate borrowing on the library shelf. The remaining 94 titles must be booked or stored in the reference area and are only for reading on site and cannot be borrowed. Relevant statistics also found that, together with factors such as being removed from shelves and decreasing numbers, the number of existing collections in public libraries related to June 4th decreased by 392 compared to 12 years ago.

Wang Dan: The authorities just want to cover up history and the truth

The list of books that have been removed includes “Wang Dan’s Memoirs in Prison” written by Wang Dan, leader of the 1989 democracy movement in 1997. Wang Dan was one of the student leaders of the 1989 pro-democracy movement. He did not escape after the June 4th incident and was arrested by the authorities. The book records his life experience in prison for three years and seven months, and his mental journey under the bars. However, “Stance” tried to search in the search system of the Hong Kong Public Library, and the system showed “no matching search results” and the book was no longer seen.

In response to this, Wang Dan, currently in exile, replied to The Position that the news was “expected”, “I am not the first. The authorities have a very clear purpose, which is to cover up history,” but he believes that the authorities will not succeed. ” Because a lot of history is written in people’s hearts.” He also called on the people of Hong Kong to launch a “war of memory” and “to preserve the historical memory of Hong Kong and June 4th in a manner permitted by his own terms.”

Wang Dan later posted an article on FB, encouraging readers to “at least keep the memory in our hearts when we are temporarily unable to resist.” He also mentioned that the preparations for the June Fourth Memorial Hall in New York are progressing steadily. Next year June Fourth will also launch an official “June Fourth” special exhibition in Washington.

Cai Yaochang: Freedom of information is being narrowed

Other books that have been removed from the shelves include “From June 4th to the Iraqi Battlefield: Xiong Yan’s Diary of the Herding Army” by Xiong Yan, the pro-democracy leader, “June 4th Diary: A Republic on the Square” by Feng Congde, and Wu Renhua, a scholar who witnessed the June Fourth “Martial Law Forces in the June 4th Incident” and so on. Xiong Yan and Wu Renhua are also currently in exile in the United States, and “Position” has asked them about the incident. In addition, the “The factual account of a search for the June 4 victims” compiled by the founder of the Tiananmen Mothers Organization Ding Zilin (“The factual account of a search for the June 4 victims”) was also removed.

It was dissolved in September and is now being accused by the Hong Kong government of violating the National Security Law of “inciting subversion of state power”. Five books published by it have also been removed from the shelves, including news photo anthologies, newspaper front pages and advertisement anthologies, Democracy movement witness report, etc. There is also a collection of pictures for the 7th anniversary, authored by Mai Haihua, former member of the Stake Standing Committee.

The former secretary and liquidator of the stake, Tsai Yiu-chang, replied to “Position”, saying that he was unaware of the incident and “has no knowledge of any circumstances.” He pointed out that since the incident was reflected in the National Security Law, the government is using various methods to review it. He pointed out that even though the stake is now facing charges, but the case has not yet completed the judicial process, “it doesn’t mean that all relevant organizations will be taken away from public view.” He pointed out that the relevant books are part of history, and the public expects them to be There is more diversified information at the public level, “but it’s obviously getting narrower and narrower.”

“Position News” is making inquiries with the Leisure and Cultural Services Department and is waiting for a reply.

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