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The King Has Fallen

An unnamed man was at the Rossio Station in Lisbon, Portugal, where he saw the 126-year-old statue of King Dom Sebastião. He apparently decided to take a selfie with the statue and, camera in hand, climbed up next to it. According to police, the man’s weight brought the statue down, and it broke into about a dozen pieces. The man reportedly attempted to flee, but police apprehended him. Infraestruturas de Portugal said it plans to pursue charges “against the authors of this unfortunate act of destruction of national historical heritage.” Sebastião reigned from 1557 to 1578, and disappeared in battle at the age of 24 — the same age as the alleged destroyer of his statue. Legend has it that Sebastião will return someday on a foggy morning, riding a white horse. (MS/Reuters, CNN) ...And definitely not holding a selfie stick.
Original Publication Date: 22 May 2016
This story is in True’s book collections, in Volume 22.

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