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Guy Gets 14 Months for Splashing Mao

He chucked ink at giant Beijing portrait
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 23, 2015 12:03 AM CDT
Guy Gets 14 Months for Splashing Mao
In this March 6, 2014, photo, workers clean black marks off the portrait of late Communist leader Mao Zedong, which hangs on Tiananmen Gate in Beijing, China.   (Kyodo News via AP, File)

(Newser) – The official Chinese Communist Party line on Mao Zedong is that he was "70% right and 30% wrong"—but defacing his portrait is still 100% forbidden. According to state media, a 42-year-old man who splashed ink on the huge portrait of the chairman that hangs in Beijing's Tiananmen Square has been sentenced to 14 months in prison for disrupting public order. Evidence of the attack was swiftly removed after the incident on March 6 last year, the AP reports. By Beijing's standards, the sentence is pretty lenient: Three men who chucked paint-filled eggs at the portrait during the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests were sentenced to at least 16 years each, AFP reports. (Read more Mao Zedong stories.)

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