Mao’s Statue Demolished in China


Beijing: A giant golden statue of Mao Zedong has been torn down in central China just days after the 36-metre effigy sparked an outpouring of criticism and ridicule.

Photographs of Henan province’s “mega Mao”, which had reportedly been built in a rural corner of Tongxu county at a cost of 3m yuan (about £312,000), went viral this week after appearing on a Chinese website.

But a picture circulating on Friday showed that Mao was no more. The Great Helmsman’s hands, legs and feet appeared to have been hacked off, and a black cloth draped over his head.