A 42-year-old man was sentenced to 14 months in jail after he defaced the portrait of Chairman Mao overlooking Tiananmen Square by hurling a bottle of ink at it.
Sun Bing was convicted at the Beijing Dongcheng People’s Court for “stirring up trouble and disrupting public order” after he splashed Mao with ink on March 6 last year, just as the country’s legislature was meeting for its annual session.
As soon as the ink was splattered across the bottom right corner of the portrait, armed police rushed to the scene and blocked off the site for up to 200 meters. The ink was quickly scrubbed off and the ink-thrower apprehended by cops. He later pleaded guilty to the crime.
Sun had previously been sentenced to a year and five months in prison over a credit card fraud case, and was released in April 2013, according to Sina News.
The motivation behind the man’s act was not made clear in reports, but it’s not uncommon for protestors to attempt to convene at the site due to its cultural and political significance.
By Tanto Chen
[Image via: sina]