Historian releases new book on 228 Incident

Radio Taiwan International
Protests were held at the book release. (CNA)

Academia Sinica historian Chen Yi-shen released a new book on Monday about the truth behind the 228

Protests were held at the book release. (CNA)

Incident. The incident refers to the anti-government uprising on February 28, 1947 that was suppressed by the Kuomintang-led government and led to the killing of thousands of civilians.

When asked who was responsible for the incident, Chen said that Chiang Kai-shek bore the most responsibility.

“The Central Standing Committee and high ranking defense committees had already decided to remove Chen Yi from office. But Chiang Kai-shek did not listen and protected him. Advisors also said Peng Meng-chi was not suitable to be in charge of the nation’s troops, but he still put Peng in charge of the nation’s troops in the summer of 1947. We know that Peng Meng-chi killed a lot of people during the White Terror Era, so it is reasonable for people to put the blame on Chiang Kai Shek,” said Chen.

People who disagreed with Chen’s interpretation of the incident protested vehemently during the press conference. The protests caused such a disturbance that the police had to come and deal with the situation.    [FULL  STORY]

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