Hundreds walk to mark 228 Incident

UNKNOWNWithout truth there can be no forgiveness, one activist said, calling for government action on transitional justice reforms, rather than empty gestures

Taipei Times
Date: Feb 28, 2017
By: Abraham Gerber / Staff reporter

Hundreds of campaigners marched in Taipei yesterday to commemorate the 228 Incident, calling for the

Campaigners wearing straw hats march in Taipei yesterday to remember victims of the 228 Massacre. Photo: Wang Yi-song, Taipei Times

government to officially assign responsibility for the massacre which followed a 1947 protest.

Escalating protests swept Taiwan on Feb. 28, 1947, after Tobacco Monopoly Bureau agents confiscated contraband cigarettes from a woman outside Taipei’s Tianma Tea House (天馬茶房) on Nanjing W Road on Feb. 27. When the woman was hit on the head by an officer holding a gun, the crowd surrounded the agents, who responded by fleeing with one agent shooting into the crowd and killing a bystand
A subsequent bloody crackdown by the then-Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) regime systematically killed many Taiwanese.

Only partial documentation of the events and victims has been recovered, with the government-funded 228 Memorial Foundation officially recognizing more than 2,200 victims    [FULL  STORY]

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