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a helmet with a bullet hole worn by a high school student shot to death on Tiananmen Square in nineteen eighty nine it's one of several artifacts preserved in the world's only museum commemorating victims of the June fourth crackdown and it actually exists under Chinese sovereignty the museum re opened last week in Hong Kong the former British colony now under Beijing's control after it was forced to shut down a few years ago the museum's faced legal challenges from the landlord and plans to reopen the museum were continuously delayed earlier this month salt water was poured in electrical sockets during an alleged break in on the day of the re opening police were stationed at the entrance where pro Beijing demonstrators gather to oppose the museum inside pro democracy activists and museum operators rally to celebrate , %HESITATION the U. pre opening all this June fourth museum on the fiftieth anniversary of June fault yes Hey clear demonstration all of our commitment to , %HESITATION up hold memory tip is to justice and hope for the future of our country public discussion of the crackdown in Tiananmen is strictly banned in mainland China the number of people killed has been disputed ranging from the hundreds to the thousands in an official death toll has never been released by Beijing , every time I think back to June fourth I have the same on happy feeling I cry thinking about it Hong Kong's own political freedoms have also been thrust into the spotlight especially after occupy another student led pro democracy movement in Hong Kong five years ago in recent weeks pro democracy activists in the city were sentenced to jail for their roles in those protests