The four-meter tall “Lady Liberty” statue that was erected at the top of Lion Rock by pro-democracy supporters on Sunday was found to have collapsed and broken on Monday morning.
According to an online photo, the statue’s feet were broken. Some red marks were found on the body of the statue.
The statue was complete with a gas mask, helmet, umbrella and protective goggles, the standard dress-code of protesters on the streets in Hong Kong over the past four months.
It held a black banner that read “Revolution of our time. Liberate Hong Kong.”
A team of about 20 people dismantled the statue, which was originally placed on the campus of the University of Hong Kong, before “smuggling” it overnight to the top of Lion Rock in Kowloon on Saturday.
During the transportation process, they encountered thunderstorms in the night and it was slightly damaged during the trek and had a broken hand when it was erected.
More than 100 hikers went up the 495-meter-high Lion Road to see it.
The team responsible for transporting the statue said that they had expected “vandalism” and there was no plan to try to reinstall it.
They said that even if the statue was not put up again, the memory of it on the top of Lion Rock would remain in Hong Kong people’s minds.
Chinese President Xi Jinping warned that any attempts to split China would result in “bodies smashed and bones ground to powder,” amid four months of anti-Beijing unrest in Hong Kong. “Any external forces that support the splitting of China can only be regarded as delusional by the Chinese people.
Xi did not mention any region by name, but China has accused “external forces” of fueling unrest in Hong Kong.
Xi’s comments came as Hong Kong entered its 19th week of protests, which started as peaceful marches and has escalated into violence by both protesters and police in the city.