By: Chen Chun-hua and Christie Chen
Taipei, July 16 (CNA) “You had to be ready to go to prison anytime,” Chiu Wan-hsing (邱
萬興), a photographer who documented the democracy movement in Taiwan before and after the country’s lifting of martial law, said of being a cameraman during that period of transformation in Taiwan.
Taiwan marked the 30th anniversary of the lifting of martial law on Saturday. Martial law was imposed on May 19, 1949 in Taiwan and lifted by President Chiang Ching-kuo (蔣經國) on July 15, 1987.
During the martial law era, people were not allowed to form political parties, and there was no right of assembly, free speech and publication in Taiwan.
Many of the victims and families of those who lost their lives during the long period of repression revisited the past over the weekend to remember the period, including Chiu.