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Statue of Peace vandalized

The Statue of Peace, damaged in an act of vandalism on Wednesday in Seoul (Yonhap)
The Statue of Peace, damaged in an act of vandalism on Wednesday in Seoul (Yonhap)

The Statue of Peace, a symbol of Japan’s World War II-era atrocities and sexual slavery, was damaged Wednesday by a man in his 20s. At the same time, a scandal was unfolding in connection with alleged corruption by local organizations advocating for the rights of the Korean victims.

According to police, the suspect damaged the statue in Dongjak-gu, Seoul, by hitting its face with a rock on Wednesday at 6:45 a.m.

He was subdued by a pedestrian before the police arrived. He threatened to hit a pedestrian at the site, police said. The police booked him on a charge of property damage.

The man did not reveal his motives, police said.

By Kim Tae-eun (kimt17@heraldcorp.com)
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