VANDALISM:Attacking the statue at the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall would be a violation of the cultural heritage act, a KMT official said
Date: Feb 28, 2017
By: Stacy Hsu / Staff reporter
The Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) yesterday stepped up its efforts to protect the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall in Taipei by pressing charges against individuals who have threatened to vandalize Chiang’s statue in the hall on the 70th anniversary of the 228 Incident today.
KMT officials filed the charges with the Taipei District Prosecutors’ Office, citing recent Facebook messages posted by the Free Taiwan Party and its chairman, Tsay Ting-kuei (蔡丁貴).
“Screenshots of their Facebook posts show that they intend to mobilize independence advocates to vandalize Chiang’s statue in the hall at 12:30pm tomorrow,” KMT Culture and Communications Committee deputy director Hung Meng-kai (洪孟楷) said.
As the memorial hall is a designated national monument, such an action would violate Article 103 of the Cultural Heritage Preservation Act (文化資產保存法), which is punishable by a maximum jail term of five years and a fine not exceeding NT$20 million (US$652,529), Hung said. [FULL STORY]