Government protecting freedom: Tsai

‘INSUFFICIENT UNDERSTANDING’: The president said that a list of possible victims whose families have not filed for compensation demonstrates the gaps in historical facts

Taipei Times
Date: Mar 01, 2019
By: Staff writer, with CNA

The government’s ongoing push for transitional justice is intended to ensure that Taiwanese can live in a

President Tsai Ing-wen, second right, yesterday comforts Wang Mei-hua, the daughter of Wang Fu, a victim of the 228 Incident, during a ceremony to restore Wang Fu’s innocence at the 228 Peace Memorial Park in Taipei.  Photo: CNA

censor-free society without fear of being punished by an authoritarian government, President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) said yesterday at a memorial ceremony to mark the 72nd anniversary of the 228 Incident.

Tsai said that as she arrived at the ceremony at Taipei’s 228 Peace Memorial Park she saw many young children and their parents enjoying a day off due to the national holiday.

The government is pushing to implement transitional justice to ensure that all Taiwanese live in a censor-free society “where people can read whatever they like and express their views without fear of being taken away by police in the middle of the night,” she said, referring to what happened to many during a brutal crackdown on an anti-government uprising in 1947 and the decades-long White Terror era that followed.

The 228 Incident was triggered by a clash between government officials and an illegal cigarette vendor in Taipei on Feb. 27, 1947, leading to protests a day later that were violently suppressed.    [FULL  STORY]

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