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Liu Jianwu, the dean of China’s Mao Zedong research centre, said the statue appeared to have been designed to “commemorate a leader”.
“In contemporary China, Mao Zedong represents the embodiment of fairness and justice,” Liu claimed. “In the hearts of ordinary people, Mao represents fairness and justice. So people hold these kinds of emotions towards him.”
originally posted by: Flavian
I also have to add that if you were designing such a big statue to such a big historical figure, wouldn't you try to ensure it doesn't look like someone sat at the toilet?
An official at Zhushigang village, where the statue was located, said it had not been registered and approved, and had now been removed, People's Daily reported.
Land resource officials at Tongxu county also confirmed the removal of the statue to People's Daily, but said they were not clear why it was removed.
A photo circulated on social media, which could not be independently verified, appearing to show the Mao statue being dismantled, with the legs removed and a black cloth covering the head.