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Man knocks over statue while taking selfie

May 9, 2016 | Comment icon 33 comments



The scene of the crime - Lisbon's Rossio station. Image Credit: CC BY 2.0 Christine Zenino
A man in Portugal was arrested by police after managing to destroy a historic statue at a train station.
Selfie-takers can be notorious for not paying attention to what's behind them, but for one man who had been attempting to take his own picture in Lisbon's Rossio station recently, a moment spent trying to set up the perfect photograph ended up turning in to a complete nightmare.

The 24-year-old had decided to take a picture of himself next to the station's historic statue of Portugal's Dom Sebastiao when, having scaled the facade to get closer to it, he inadvertently knocked the statue over and was left gaping in horror as it smashed to pieces on the floor.

Despite attempting to flee the scene of the crime the man was promptly apprehended by police officers and is now expected to appear before a judge.

The broken statue, which was over 126 years old, is unlikely to ever be fully repaired.

Source: Telegraph | Comments (33)


Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #24 Posted by Galego 6 years ago
And not happy with destroying the most emblematic sculpture in Do Rossio train station, the ***********er tries to run away. The portuguese media are not informing yet of the nationality of the perpetrator, but my money is on the idiot being spanish. On a different note, I'm surprised to see news like this published in news media outside the Iberian Peninsula. It seems like you, oh mighty English speakers, DO give a **** about what happens to us, poor and primitive Iberians . I'm pleasently surprised. Of course, you could also inform about the political chaos, the corruption, the media manipul... [More]
Comment icon #25 Posted by Galego 6 years ago
I would have thought the statue is attached to the ground, it also is a bit irresponsible to not fixate the statue, since a strong wind could have also destroyed the statue. The statue was fixated through it's feet to the pedestal it was on. It wasn't screwed or bolted to it, though. But the fixation was enough to keep it in it's place, except and idiot climbed to the pedestal and hanged from it to take a stupid photo.
Comment icon #26 Posted by questionmark 6 years ago
The statue was fixated through it's feet to the pedestal it was on. It wasn't screwed or bolted to it, though. But the fixation was enough to keep it in it's place, except and idiot climbed to the pedestal and hanged from it to take a stupid photo. Which is true for most statues, and some that are fixed are just held in place by some low temperature melting metal such as lead. The idea being that you can, without major damage to the art, remove it from its place. (E boas tardes)
Comment icon #27 Posted by Sundew 6 years ago
Self-ish.
Comment icon #28 Posted by Redefining Success 6 years ago
I would have thought the statue is attached to the ground, it also is a bit irresponsible to not fixate the statue, since a strong wind could have also destroyed the statue. The article does say the status was "free standing" which in my eyes is not secured, very stupid!
Comment icon #29 Posted by Galego 6 years ago
The article does say the status was "free standing" which in my eyes is not secured, very stupid! I can't find where it says that in the article. But anyway, I read in the portuguese press that it was fixated.
Comment icon #30 Posted by Galego 6 years ago
(E boas tardes) Bom dia para você também. It's nice to see someone who speaks Portuguese around here . I'm Galician, but I speak a little bit of Portuguese myself.
Comment icon #31 Posted by questionmark 6 years ago
Bom dia para você também. It's nice to see someone who speaks Portuguese around here . I'm Galician, but I speak a little bit of Portuguese myself. I lived a while in Galicia while at the Santiago U.
Comment icon #32 Posted by quasar_kid 6 years ago
Selfies are the dumbest **** ever, I'm ashamed to call myself human.
Comment icon #33 Posted by Galego 6 years ago
I lived a while in Galicia while at the Santiago U. De verdade? Eu vivo en Santiago de Compostela, e tamén estudei na USC! Qué pequeno é o mundo... Unha aperta, Questionmark!


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