Chiang mausoleum guards to be reviewed

The China Post
Date: November 3, 2016
By: Joseph Yeh

TAIPEI, Taiwan — Defense Minister Feng Shih-kuan (馮世寬) Wednesday said they would review the assignment of military personnel to guard the mausoleums of Chiang Kai-shek and Chiang Ching-kuo.

The announcement comes after Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Legislator Liu Shih-fang (劉世芳) called for the guards removal “for the sake of transitional justice.”

87 soldiers, mostly honorary guards, currently guard the mausoleums of former presidents Chiang Kai-shek and his son Chiang Ching-kuo in Taoyuan’s Daxi District.

The annual cost of the guards is around NT$ 200,000, according to the ministry.

Liu called on the military to stop wasting money and manpower “guarding two dead people” during a Legislative session on Wednesday, describing the Chiangs as “symbols of dictatorship.”

The lawmaker argued that using taxpayers’ money to guard the mausoleums was not in line with current trends, and ran counter to the administration’s transitional justice agenda.    [FULL  STORY]

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