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A nightlong vigil on a muddy, rainy hilltop to capture Hong Kong’s change

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HONG KONG (Reuters) – It was close to midnight when Reuters photojournalist Tyrone Siu spotted chatter among students in an online forum that a statue seen as a symbol of Hong Kong’s freedoms was being covered up by construction workers. The University of Hong Kong (HKU) said earlier this year it wanted to remove the “Pillar of Shame” statue from its campus. The artwork of dozens of torn and twisted human torsos, commemorating democracy protesters killed during China’s 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown, had stood in the campus for over two decades. But until Wednesday night, the university hadn’…

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