Newspaper article China Post

Vandals Strike Again, Chopping Feet off Japanese-Era Guard Dog Statue

Newspaper article China Post

Vandals Strike Again, Chopping Feet off Japanese-Era Guard Dog Statue

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TAIPEI, Taiwan -- The two vandals who beheaded a bronze statue honoring a Japanese colonial figure have struck again. This time, they've partially destroyed a Japanese-era stone statue outside a Taipei City elementary school.

Former Taipei City Councilor Lee Cheng-lung used large hammers to knock off the bottom half of a stone guard dog by Beitou's Yixian Elementary School.

The maiming of the statue was broadcast live over Facebook by Chiu Jin-yi Sunday evening.

In the live broadcast, Lee said that he had found the statue "strange and weird" and decided later to "help the R.O.C. rid itself of the vestiges of Japanese colonial era garbage."

Police arriving at the scene cut the broadcast short and took the two into custody for questioning. School officials are seeking to prosecute the two for property damage. …

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