By: Sophia Yang, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – As the 70th anniversary of the 228 Incident approaches,
Taiwan’s Academia Historica has revealed a newly unearthed document of a telegraph dated March 2, 1947, that shows the double-dealing tactics made by Chiang Kai-shek’s appointed official in an attempt to buy time for rearmament by making false promise, which resulted in a more deadly repression against Taiwanese intellectual elites and dissidents, and endless suffering of their families and descendants.
Between 18,000 and 28,000 people are estimated to have died in the uprising and following repression. The 228 Incident became a taboo subject until then-President Lee Teng-hui (李登輝) launched the beginnings of a process of redressing and apology which is still continuing to this day. [FULL STORY]