Taiwan independence advocate, church reverend dies at 90

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2019/02/14
By: Wen Kuei-hsiang, Ku Chuan, Yeh Su-ping and Ko Lin

CNA file photo

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.

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