TAIPEI (Taiwan News) - Police were looking for a man and a woman Saturday suspected of having daubed the statue of a prominent Taiwan Independence leader in Tainan with red paint.
The incident followed the sawing off of a leg from President Chiang Kai-shek’s equestrian statue on the campus of National Chengchi University in Taipei Friday, seen as retaliation against vandalism directed against the 228 Peace Memorial.
On Saturday morning, passersby in the Tainan City district of Qigu noticed that a statue of the late independence activist Yuzin Chaotong Ng (黃昭堂) showed traces of red paint on its face and on an engraved text below.
Police cordoned off the area and reviewed surveillance camera footage, which revealed that a man had been throwing the paint and a woman had been taking pictures and film of the act around 10 p.m. on Friday, the Central News Agency reported.
The perpetrator reportedly stated online that the action was directed against the government’s campaign of transitional justice. Police added that the incident could well be linked to next week’s February 28 Memorial Day, which marks the anniversary of a 1947 uprising against Chiang which was followed by the deaths of thousands amid massive repression during an era known as the White Terror.
Ng, a historian, spent decades in Japan as he was not allowed to return to Taiwan until 1992. He later chaired the World United Formosans for Independence (WUFI), an influential pro-independence organization. Ng died in 2011 at the age of 79.