Monday, June 3, 2013
LUXOR: Ding was here !!!!!!
Teen graffiti scrawled on a 3,500-year-old tablet at Egypt’s Temple of Luxor has triggered public outrage. Egyptian authorities say they removed the graffiti this week, but news of the tag “Ding Jinhao was here” (written in Mandarin) and the 15-year-old Chinese boy responsible continue to dominate social media and news reports.
The Global Times newspaper says the image of the defaced monument has been shared over 90,000 times on Chinese social media and triggered public outrage from embarrassed Chinese citizens.
According to BBC News China, the teen’s mother explained that the graffiti was scratched years ago when they were visiting Egypt and that the teen is now very sorry for his actions.
“We want to apologise to the Egyptian people and to people who have paid attention to this case across China,” the mother told Modern Express on Saturday.
This incident came in the wake of Chinese Official Wang Yang’s comment in state run media about Chinese tourists’ “uncivilized behavior” abroad. He singled out actions such as “talking loudly in public places, jay-walking, spitting and willfully carving characters on items in scenic zones”.
The Egyptian Ministry of State for Antiquities said that it had assigned an archaeological committee to investigate the incident and examined the damages caused. The committee has reported that the marks made by Jinhao are superficial and can be easily removed.
In order to prevent the repetition of such incidents in the future, the Luxor archaeological inspectorate to assign an archaeologist to escort any tourist delegations during their visit, and would increase the number of inspection tours carried out at the city's archaeological sites.