|Desecrated Buddhist shrines in Tokyo.|
A Saudi graduate student vandalized and destroyed several ancient Buddhas that were designated as important Japanese cultural symbols in downtown Tokyo. One of the statues was 300 years old. The incident happened around midnight. The man said he carried out a similar attack at another temple.
This was what NHK had reported on June-12:
A Saudi Arabian man has been arrested for vandalizing Buddhist statues at a temple in downtown Tokyo. Police say they received an emergency call about a foreigner behaving violently at the Sensoji Temple in Asakusa, Taito Ward at around midnight on Wednesday May-11.
They say officers who rushed to the scene found four Buddha statues lying broken on the ground. Police say they questioned a 31-year-old Saudi Arabian graduate school student nearby, and the man admitted that he had destroyed the statues.
The vandalism involved 3 stone statues measuring 60 to 100 centimeters tall and a 200-centimeter tall bronze one that was made about 300 years ago. It has been designated as the ward’s significant cultural property.
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Al Ahram has a report on the incident:
Saudi destroys Buddha statues in Japan and gets arrested: Japan news. ANN news television network in Japan reported on Wednesday that a Saudi man destroyed three 300 years’ old Buddha statues in Senso-Ji temple in Tokyo.
Senso-Ji temple is a Buddhist temple located in Asakusa, Taito, and Tokyo. And the temple is considered Tokyo’s oldest temple, and one of its most significant. The Saudi citizen, who was arrested by Tokyo Police department, is currently being investigated for reasons behind his action.
The incident caught the attention of moderate Muslims, and therefore a hash tag was trending on twitter #saudi-destroyed-statues-in-Japan, Saudis condemned the actions of the Saudi citizen, saying he should respect other’s beliefs and religions.
Man Arrested for Destroying Four Statues at Sensoji Temple
|Desecrated Sensoji Buddhist Temple in Asakusa.|
According to news station NHK World, the vandal was a 31-year-old graduate student at Keio University and a national of Saudi Arabia. Police received calls on Wednesday night with reports of a “foreigner behaving violently” around Sensoji Temple in the Asakusa area of Tokyo.
When police arrived, they found four broken statues: three of them were made of stone, and one, designated as a Significant Cultural Property, was a 200 cm bronze that is approximately 300 years old.
After being arrested, the man admitted to the crime and said that he had committed a similar attack in another temple; police are currently investigating the student’s report. According to Ahram Online, moderate Saudis have “condemned the actions of the Saudi citizen” as intolerant and disrespectful.
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