A gargantuan gold-painted statue of China’s founding father Mao Zedong has suddenly been demolished, apparently due to the lack of government approval.
The sculpture was located in a village in central China’s Henan province and faced the national and global spotlight after the news was reported widely. The 37-meter (121 feet) statue, which was funded by a group of entrepreneurs and local villagers and cost nearly 3 million yuan ($459,300) to build.
An official from the township government told a reporter from People’s Daily Online that the construction of the statue didn’t go through examination and approval procedures demanded by the government, although it was built on a barren land.
However relevant county government departments did not answer the reporter’s question on whether building a statue in a village needs government approval, as is required in cities.
Story by CCTV News