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Chinese tourist banned 5 years for destroying National Taiwan University Lennon Wall

Chinese tourist to be deported, banned from Taiwan for ripping down pro-Hong Kong messages

Li escorted by police on Oct. 7.

Li escorted by police on Oct. 7. (CNA photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The Chinese tourist arrested on Monday (Oct. 7) for ripping down a Lennon Wall at National Taiwan University (NTU) will be deported on a charge of vandalism and denied entry to the country for 5 years.

An NTU student captured the 30-year-old male suspect, Li (李), on video tearing posters and messages from a Lennon Wall on school grounds. His female Chinese companion looked on, reported the Liberty Times, but was not arrested since she had not participated in the defacement.

According to the Da'an Precinct of the Taipei Police Department, Li said he acted on impulse when he came across the pro-Hong Kong posters while touring the campus. The police said on Tuesday that security footage showed Li headed directly to the Lennon Wall, making it likely he had planned the act.

NTU said the Lennon Wall is set up for people to share their views on the Hong Kong protests. Although the campus is a haven for freedom of speech, Li's behavior violated others' right to express themselves freely, reported CNA.

Prior to the incident, similar acts of vandalism also occurred at National Tsing Hua University, National Taiwan University of Arts, and National Sun Yat-sen University.