Pizza Hut and Politics Detract from Somber Day in Taiwan

The News Lens
Date: 2017/02/28
By: TNL Staff

For many in Taiwan, February 28 is a day to reflect on the country’s brutal history, but the somber occasion has been marred by distractions this year.

Taiwanese today commemorate the 70th anniversary of the 228 Incident; the 1947 event sparked a brutal crackdown by the Kuomintang (KMT or Chinese Nationalist Party), leading to tens of thousands of deaths and marking the start of the White Terror and 38 years of martial law.

Yesterday, hundreds of human rights activists marched in Taipei, calling for more action on the 1947 event. A day earlier, in a bid to advance transitional justice, President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) announced the government would declassify all historical records relating to the 228 Incident.    [FULL  STORY]

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