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7. Protestors attack Chiang Kai-shek statue in Taipei

Police in Taiwan have detained 2 men after protestors threw red paint over an iconic statue of late leader Chiang Kai-shek in Taipei.

The incident took place on Friday at the National Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall, a popular spot for tourists but a divisive one for Taiwanese. Some regard the monument to Chiang, the island's first president, as a symbol of Taiwan's authoritarian past.

The 2 men belong to a group that admitted to attacking the statue and wrote a Facebook post demanding that it be taken down.

Chiang is revered among some Taiwanese for laying the foundations of the island's development.

But in recent years he has become a target of fierce criticism for overseeing a military regime that conducted purges and imposed decades of martial law. Some other statues of the dictator have been taken down.

The administration of Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen is considering removing the Chiang Kai-shek statue at the national memorial. It says the monument symbolizes the island's authoritarian history.

The opposition Nationalist Party, or Kuomintang, which Chian Kai-shek led, opposes the move.