Thursday, April 8, 2010

Mao's Portrait Defaced Again

The Telegraph confirmed a story that had been circulated on the Internet for a couple of days, that the giant portrait of Chairman Mao on Tiananmen was defaced by a man throwing ink bottles on it on April 5. The man was comprehended but no detail about him or his motive was disclosed. April 5 is the memorial day in Chinese tradition.

During the 1989 student movement, three teachers from Mao's hometown defaced Mao's portrait, creating a temporary but not-so-insignificant side show for the movement. The three men were later sentenced to 16 years, 20 years, and life, respectively. (They have since been released and currently live in America.)

More recently in 2007, a man threw flaming object to the portrait and also managed to cause damage to it.

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