By: Wen Kuei-hsiang, Ku Chuan, Yeh Su-ping and Ko Lin
Taipei, Feb. 14 (CNA) Taiwan independence advocate and a minister of the Presbyterian Church in Taiwan (PCT) Kao Chun-ming (高俊明) died Thursday at the age of 90, according to PCT general secretary Lyim Hong-tiong (林芳仲).
A native of Tainan, Kao remained a vocal supporter of human rights activists during Taiwan’s martial law period and the cause of Taiwan Independence until late in life.
In 1979, he helped pro-democracy activist Shih Ming-teh (施明德), who later became chairman of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), escape arrest during the Kaohsiung Incident, a protest that was brutally cracked down on by the government of late President Chiang Ching-kuo (蔣經國).
Kao was subsequently arrested in 1980 and sentenced to 7 years in prison.