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Two sentenced to 2 months for vandalizing artifacts at new museum

Two sentenced to 2 months for vandalizing artifacts at new museum

Taipei, Feb. 1 (CNA) Two people were sentenced to two months in prison for spraying paints on two Chinese zodiac heads that were part of a set of 12 donated by Hong Kong movie star Jackie Chan to the southern branch of the National Palace Museum last month.

The two can pay fines in lieu of serving prison terms and the case can still be appealed.

The Chiayi District Court said the man surnamed Chen, 33, and another woman, also surnamed Chen, 20, sprayed red paint on the "dragon" and "horse" heads of the Chinese zodiac set and painted

"cultural united front" on the pedestals.

The two Chens said that they were dissatisfied with Chan's status as a member of Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference and that the heads, as united front tools, are not suitable to be displayed at the southern branch.

They were indicted on charges of obstructing officials from performing their official duties. (By Huang Kuo-fang and Lilian Wu)


Updated : 2021-04-12 01:00 GMT+08:00