Taipei, April 22 (CNA) Police said Saturday they are checking surveillance camera footage to try to identify the individuals involved in damaging a statue of the late President Chiang Kai-shek (蔣介石) in Taipei's Yangminshan National Park.
The statue, located next to the Yangminshan Flower Clock, was found missing its head and sprayed with red paint early Saturday. The foundation of the statue was also painted with the words "228 perpetrator" and "demon killer."
According to police, a small saw was left at the scene but the statue's head was nowhere to be found.
Taipei's Parks and Street Lights Office said it will consult experts on the possibility of repairing the statue and will decide on whether to sue the vandals after they are tracked down by police.
Also Saturday, a pro-independence group that calls itself the "Taiwan independence engineering team" released a statement claiming responsibility for the act, saying it was meant as retaliation for the beheading of a statue of Japanese hydraulic engineer Yoichi Hatta in Tainan on April 16.
The group, which has allegedly beheaded several other statues of Chiang in Taipei and New Taipei over the past month, referred to Hatta as "a friend of Taiwan" but described Chiang as "the prime perpetrator of the 228 massacre" of 1947.
(By Chu Che-wei and Y.F. Low)ENDITEM/ls