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Hong Kong Cancels China Countdown Artwork For ‘Disrespect’


yahoo articleThe following is an excerpt from Yahoo.com | May 23, 2016 |

A new art installation on Hong Kong's tallest building highlighting growing fears about the city's freedoms under Beijing has been cancelled, authorities announced, saying the artists showed "disrespect".

The artwork was a giant digital countdown to 2047, the year an agreement guaranteeing Hong Kong's semi-autonomous status, made when Britain handed the city back to China in 1997, will come to an end.

"We regret to announce that the work... would no longer be part of the exhibition," the Hong Kong Arts Development Council said in a statement, adding that the display "demonstrated disrespect".

The artwork had run down the sides of the 484-metre tall International Commerce Centre, which occupies a prime harbourfront location, each night for around a minute since it opened Tuesday.

The display coincided with a highly charged three-day trip by Zhang Dejiang, a top Chinese official who chairs China's communist-controlled legislature.

Zhang stayed at a waterfront hotel diagonally opposite the ICC tower, on the other side of the city's famous Victoria Harbour.

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