Pain Still Runs Deep as Taiwan Marks 30 Years Since Martial Law

Official records state around 140,000 people were tried by military courts with as many as 8,000 executed during the 38-year crackdown. Many believe the actual numbers are higher.

The News Lens
Date: 2017/07/15
By: By Amber Wang, Agence France-Presse

When saxophonist Chen Shen-ching was jailed during Taiwan’s “White Terror” political

Stellina Chen

purges, it was music that helped him hold on to his sanity.

Banned from taking his instrument into prison he scrawled songs on scraps of paper and memorized them during his 12 years behind bars.

As the island prepares to mark 30 years since martial law was lifted and it began its journey to become a vibrant democracy, Chen is one of a number of creative Taiwanese who want to ensure those dark days are never forgotten.

Now 75, he continues to sing his prison songs at political rallies and human rights events.    [FULL  STORY]

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