Another Chinese nabbed for tearing down pro-Hong Kong messages

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Another Chinese nabbed for tearing down pro-Hong Kong messages

Taipei, Oct. 7 (CNA) Another case of vandalism of pro-Hong Kong messages on campuses took place at National Taiwan University (NTU) Monday, leading to the arrest of a Chinese national.

After initial questioning, police said the case has been turned over to prosecutors for further investigation and to decide if the suspect should be indicted for the destruction, abandonment, and damage of property under the Criminal Code.

According to the Facebook page of the National Taiwan University Student Association (NTUSA), the incident took place at around 10:45 a.m. on a campus Lennon Wall, set up for people to express their views on Hong Kong's protest movement.

In a video posted by the NTUSA, a Chinese national was seen tearing down posters and messages from the wall while his female counterpart stood beside him and watched.

The 83-second video, shot by a NTU student, also showed him walking away with the torn-down posters from the school's student activity center, where the Lennon Wall was set up.

The Da'an Precinct of the Taipei City Police Department later tracked down the man in Taipei after receiving a report on the act of vandalism from the NTU and arrested him.

Chen Shao-hsu (陳少旭), the precinct's deputy chief, said the suspect, a man in his 30s surnamed Li (李), was visiting Taiwan as an independent traveler (not part of a tour group).

Chen said his female companion is not suspected of vandalism based on the video evidence provided by the school.

According to the police, Li said he acted on impulse when he spotted the pro-Hong Kong posters while touring the campus.

The case was the latest in a series of recent incidents in which Chinese visitors were caught tearing down pro-Hong Kong messages across school campuses in Taiwan.

The most recent case came on Oct. 2, when two Chinese students were seen tearing down post-it notes on a campus Lennon Wall at National Taiwan University of Arts in Taipei.

Prior to that, similar incidents also occurred at National Tsing Hua University in Hsinchu and at National Sun Yat-sen University (NSYSU) in Kaohsiung.

(By Huang Li-yun and Ko Lin)
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