Aug 18, 2017 @ 18:39

By: Amber WANG

A samurai sword-wielding attacker carrying the national flag of China slashed a army police guard outside Taiwan’s presidential office Friday, authorities stated.

The Taiwanese man who was arrested on the scene stated he was expressing his political opinions and had stolen the sword from a close-by historical past museum, police informed AFP.

The presidential office within the centre of the capital Taipei is the headquarters of Taiwan’s Beijing-sceptic President Tsai Ing-wen.

Relations with Chinese authorities have deteriorated since she took office final 12 months as she has refused to comply with Beijing’s stance that Taiwan is a part of “one China”.

The island is a self-ruling democracy, however Beijing nonetheless sees it as a part of its territory to be reunited.

The attacker “took a hammer and smashed a display case in a history museum to steal a samurai sword”, a police official engaged on the incident, who didn’t need to be named, informed AFP.

“A Chinese national flag was found in his backpack. He said he wanted to express his political stance by going to the presidential office,” the official stated, including that the person had needed to fly the flag there.

Identified by police solely by his household title Lu, he attacked the guard as he tried to cease him getting into the advanced from a facet gate, stated presidential spokesman Alex Huang.

Lu, 51, is at present being questioned by police. He is unemployed and has no prior prison document.

The injured guard is in a steady situation after being rushed to hospital for remedy to a wound to his neck, Huang stated.

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Defence minister Feng Shih-kuan condemned the violence and praised the 24-year-old guard for bravely stopping the attacker.

The incident got here because the presidential office hosted a household occasion for its workers, together with their youngsters.

“This was an open house event and I can’t imagine what the outcome would have been if he were to get in with the sword,” Feng informed reporters.

TV footage confirmed Lu being carried away by 4 officers and put inside a police automotive at a facet entrance to the presidential office, which has been cordoned off because the attack.

Local media reported that he had repeatedly left pro-China messages in remark sections on-line, together with reward for the Liaoning, China’s solely plane service.

“Wow! So gorgeous … Cheering on the great China dream!” stated a message left in Lu’s title below a YouTube video of the Liaoning passing by way of the Taiwan Strait final month.

The sword he used is carved with the phrases “Nanjing battle, (this sword) killed 107 people”, in accordance with a photograph launched by police.

An worker on the Armed Forces Museum, from which Lu stole the sword, stated it had been utilized by the Japanese army within the bloodbath of residents of the Chinese metropolis of Nanjing in 1937.

The presidential office advanced and its environment have been the goal of assaults earlier than.

In November 2014 a driver tried to smash his car into the entrance door of the close by presidential residence, saying he was protesting the well being insurance policies of Tsai’s predecessor Ma Ying-jeou, who was in energy on the time.

In January 2014 a person drove his truck by way of a bullet-proof display screen and into the principle gate of the presidential office, saying he was protesting over a judicial listening to involving his ex-wife.

There have been no accidents from both incident, aside from to one of many drivers who was harm.

Agence France-Presse