Hong Kong police are looking for suspects after vandals attacked a monument to Sun Yat-sen, founder of the Republic of China, Headline Daily reported Thursday.
The monument was found splashed with black ink after the incident was reported by residents near Tuen Mun’s Zhongshan park, where the sculpture was built to mark the spot where Sun reportedly plotted the overthrow of the Qing dynasty more than a century ago.
The park is famous for a house called Hung Lau (Red House) where Sun and his comrades planned the beginnings of the Chinese republic, the report said.
Witnesses said they saw several people deface the statue on Tuesday night. The suspects fled after they were spotted, according to Metro Hong Kong.
A check on Wednesday morning revealed that the monument and a statue of the nationalist leader were both smeared with black goo. Three other stone sculptures were damaged.
District councilor Mak Ip-sing, chairman of the park’s management committee, estimates the cleanup and restoration cost at HK$80,000 (US$10,321).
Police are treating the case as criminal damage.
Some netizens are comparing the attack to vandalism by the Red Guard during the Cultural Revolution in the 1960s.
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