Crime and Institutionalizement

May 14th, 2007 | 0 comments | Posted by Jen

The Chinese police have detained a man who threw a burning object at the giant Mao Zedong portrait on Tiananmen Square Saturday. The slightly-crispy portrait was immediately replaced with an exact replica.

The not-at-all-menacing-sounding Beijing Public Security Bureau issued a report describing the vandal:

Gu Haiou, (is) a 35-year-old from the far-northwest region of Xinjiang…

Gu was a patient in a mental hospital in the city of Urumqi last year and arrived in Beijing on Saturday, the report said.

In their coverage of the story, Reuters reported on another Mao-defacing incident in recent-ish memory and its resulting punishment:

Chinese journalist Yu Dongyue was jailed for more than 16 years for hurling eggshells filled with red paint at the Mao portrait at the height of the 1989 demonstrations.

He was diagnosed as mentally ill by the time he was released in February 2006.

Conclusion? People who dislike Mao are key-razy. What a coincidence.

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