The guerrilla art project and march set to commemorate the dispatch of troops at Keelung Port
By: Matthew Lubin, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — An early morning guerrilla art project by the Create New Keelung Action Alliance (開創新基隆行動聯盟) and a march led by the Free Taiwan Party (自由台灣黨) commemorated the 70th anniversary of Chiang Kai-shek dispatching troops from Keelung Port left sidewalks splattered in red paint.
The Create New Keelung Action Alliance (開創新基隆行動聯盟) splattered the sidewalks and streets near Keelung Railway Station with water-soluble red paint at 5 a.m. on March 8 in what they called “Keelung Massacre Street Action Art” (基隆大屠殺街景行動藝術) to commemorate the importance of the day on Keelung’s history as well as on the events that followed the 228 Incident, Apple Daily reported. There were also white silhouettes on walkways and roads covered in red paint to symbolize those killed in the massacre. The fire department had washed away the paint from sidewalks and roadways soon after the art was noticed.
Later in the day, the Free Taiwan Party held a separate memorial service at 2:28 p.m. to commemorate the day, CNA reported. At the march, party leader Tsay Ting-kuei (蔡丁貴) requested the removal of Chiang Kai-shek’s statue from the railway station. As protesters attempted to converge on the statue, they were stopped by police who held the group away from the area until they dispersed at 4 p.m. [FULL STORY]