TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Two young Taiwan Independence supporters who threw eggs filled with red paint at the statue of late President Chiang Kai-shek inside the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall will not be charged, reports said Thursday (August 22).
The Taipei District Prosecutors Office ruled that the paint they had used did not amount to damaging the historic monument, the Liberty Times reported.
The two activists, surnamed Lee and Chen, attacked the statue on July 20 of last year, the same day their group was scheduled to appear in court in Taoyuan City for an earlier similar incident in Cihu, where Chiang’s body is kept.
The duo first threw paint balls at the statue before spreading paint on the staircase of the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall. Police immediately arrested them and opened an investigation into a case of damage to historical monuments, though the two said their actions were aimed to “remove authoritarianism” and “create a Republic of Taiwan,” according to the Liberty Times.
As all the paint had been removed from the site and the youths apparently did not know the area was a protected monument, prosecutors decided not to press charges against them.