Colossal golden statue of China's Mao demolished

Extravagant golden statue of China’s Mao Zedong demolished after heated discussion flared on social media

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

A man looks at a giant statue of Chinese late chairman Mao Zedong under construction near crop fields in a village of Tongxu county, Henan province, China, January 4, 2016

A 36 metre high golden statue of Mao Zedong has been unexpectedly demolished after images of the structure which is covered in gold paint sparked heated discussion on social media.

Chinese state-run newspaper sources alleged that the statue was brought down by a local demolition team due to lack of government approval.

While the official reason for the demolition is unknown, the project costing entrepreneurs almost $500,000, elicited controversy on social media and the story was picked up by both local and international media.

According to a provincial newspaper, entrepreneurs allegedly decided to demolish Giant Mao because of the controversy it attracted online.

Since his passing, Mao has been both honoured as a founding senior and blamed for political disorder and disastrous economic policies that claimed the lives of millions.

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