Date: May 13, 2016
By: Alison Hsiao / Staff reporter
Several political victims’ support groups yesterday petitioned Legislative Speaker Su Jia-
chyuan (蘇嘉全) over President Ma Ying-jeou’s (馬英九) decision to name an assembly hall in the Presidential Office Building after former president Chiang Ching-kuo (蔣經國).
Su quoted Formosan Political Prisoners Association honorary director-general Tsai Kuan-yu (蔡寬裕) as saying in a closed-door meeting that the association wants Ma’s decision revoked because it deems Chiang to be a perpetrator in the Martial Law era, adding that he should be held accountable for serious human rights violations during the Chinese Nationalist Party’s (KMT) period of authoritarian rule.
When it was announced on March 29 that the hall would be named after Chiang, a Presidential Office official said the move was to “give people a better understanding of Chiang’s contributions to the nation.”
Before yesterday’s meeting, the groups provided the media with copies of several official documents from the Martial Law era showing Chiang’s signature on papers and reports on the rulings of political victims that were then handed to Chiang Kai-shek (蔣介石) for approval. [FULL STORY]