The artwork features dozens of twisted bodies and anguished faces - was one of Hong Kong's few remaining public memorials to the Tiananmen Square crackdown in Beijing.
China forbids any public recognition of the massacre. Beijing has recently moved to silence opposition to its rule in Hong Kong. The Pillar of Shame, by Danish sculptor Jens Galschiot, has been on display at the university's campus for 24 years.
Mr. Galschiot said removing the statue was "really brutal" and likened it to the destruction of gravestones. Mr. Galschiot said he would consider suing the authorities and demand compensation.
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