Calls for guards at Chiang’s mausoleum to stand down

The China Post
Date: February 28, 2017
By: James Lo

Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) legislators backed by scholars called on Monday for the withdrawal

A statue of Sun Yat-sen sits among those of the late President Chiang Kai-shek at the Cihu Mausoleum Park in Taoyuan on Monday, Feb. 27. (CNA)

of military guards from former President Chiang Kai-shek’s Cihu Mausoleum as part of the government’s push for transitional justice.

The mausoleum is currently managed by the Taoyuan division of the Ministry of National Defense’s Armed Forces Reserve Command, meaning the ministry must set aside an annual budget for the upkeep of the grounds, DPP lawmaker Liu Shih-fang (劉世芳) told the media.

He was backed up by Professor Lee Hsiao-feng (李筱峰) from the National Taipei University of Education, who argued that the Defense Ministry should not only cut the budget for the mausoleum but also remove military guards from the grounds.

It was unreasonable to spend so much money on a dictator after his death, Lee argued, saying that to continue remembering Chiang as though he were a positive figure was an insult to Taiwan’s democracy.

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