Mon, Apr 17, 2017 - Page 3 News List

Statue honoring Japanese engineer Hatta vandalized

‘DELIBERATE ACT’:It would not be difficult to repair the statue, as the Chia-Nan Irrigation Association had taken a mold in case it was damaged, sources said

By Wang Yen-ping and Jonathan Chin  /  Staff reporter, with staff writer

Some residents said Hatta’s legacy is apolitical and should not be used to incite hatred.

Former commissioner of then-Tainan county Su Huan-chih (蘇煥智) in a Facebook post called the decapitation “a deliberate act” adding that he believes the culprits targeted the statute to sabotage next month’s memorial service.

He said that people who vandalized the statues of Chiang Kai-shek (蔣介石) in “vigilante-like actions” have incited populist hatred and partisan acrimony in Taiwan, adding that all such actions should be condemned.

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