Former Taipei City Councilor admits beheading of Yoichi Hatta statue

He turned himself in to Taipei Police Department’s Zhongzheng First Precinct on Monday afternoon..

Taiwan News
Date: 017/04/17
By: Wendy Lee , Taiwan News, Staff Writer

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Former Taipei City Councilor Lee Cheng-lung (李承龍) admitted

(By Central News Agency)

to beheading the statue of the highly respected Japanese civil engineer Yoichi Hatta (八田與一), the city’s police department confirmed Monday.

The bronze statue, located at the memorial park in Tainan City overlooking the Wushanto Water Reservoir (烏山頭水庫), was found decapitated yesterday, just three weeks before the annual memorial service, which is due to take place at the park on May 8. The act of vandalism has caused widespread anger among Taiwanese.

Lee took to Facebook early Monday to write about the incident, confessing that he has cut off the head of the statue of the celebrated “father of Wushanto Water Reservoir.”

“Don’t mean to hide the truth. I did it,” he wrote in a Facebook post.   [FULL  STORY]

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