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Lien Heng statue daubed with red paint

Lien Heng statue daubed with red paint

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – A statue of historian Lien Heng in Tainan City was daubed with red paint, believed to be a protest against the controversial China visit of his grandson, former Vice President Lien Chan, reports said Saturday.
Lien Chan provoked strong opposition, even from President Ma Ying-jeou, after he let it be known he would attend China’s September 3 military parade marking the 70th anniversary of the World War II victory against Japan. The Kuomintang, where Lien still serves as honorary chairman, is reportedly considering sanctions against him.
A bronze statue of Lien Heng, who is also known as Lien Ya-tang, next to the Tainan City Library was found to have its face covered in red paint, reports said Saturday. Police were investigating the matter, but there were no surveillance cameras in the areas, making their task more difficult, reports said.
While there was no immediate evidence pointing in the direction of the culprits, reports indicated that the use of red paint symbolized Communist China, thus accusing the historian’s grandson of selling Taiwan out to China.
The same statue had already been the target of vandalism in February this year.
On Friday, Taiwan Independence activists wrote words of protest against Lien in red paint on a disused former police building in the center of Taipei City.
Former Vice President Annette Lu went to the Supreme Prosecutors Office on Friday to demand her predecessor be sued for treason.
KMT leaders have been angry with Lien because they say he failed to put the message across that it was the party’s government led by Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek which took the lead in fighting the Japanese during the war of resistance which started in 1937. China has claimed it was the Communist Party which was responsible for most of the resistance and the subsequent victory.

Updated : 2021-09-24 11:16 GMT+08:00