Date: March 1, 2016
Taiwan commemorated the February 28 Incident of 1947 with a series of nationwide
ceremonies underscoring the need for all segments of society to come together and learn the lessons of history.
During an event at National 228 Memorial Museum in Taipei City, ROC President Ma Ying-jeou apologized on behalf of the government for the incident and reaffirmed its commitment to ensuring such an event never happens again.
“Since the government offered its formal apology for the first time in 1995, it has never ceased to face up to its responsibility, right the wrongs of the past and uncover the facts,” Ma said.
The incident took place 69 years ago when protestors demanded Gov. Chen Yi institute reforms. When these demands went unmet, people throughout the island rioted against the government. Military reinforcements dispatched from mainland China killed thousands while restoring order.
According to Ma, the government has implemented numerous related government measures over the past 20 years, and he deeply empathizes with the victims’ families. [FULL STORY]