Taiwan’s martial law victims urge young people to cherish democracy

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2019/12/07
By: Emerson Lim

Minister of Culture Cheng Li-chiun (second left) toured the Kaohsiung Incident exhibit.\

Taipei, Dec. 7 (CNA) Survivors of atrocities committed during Taiwan's period of martial law on Saturday exhorted younger generations to cherish the country's hard-earned democracy, at a ceremony to mark the United Nations-designated Dec. 10 Human Rights Day.

One of the survivors, 81-year-old Yang Tien-lang (楊田郎), said he was arrested in 1955 at the age of 17 for allegedly "spreading propaganda for traitors," while working as a newspaper delivery boy.

His superiors reported that he had scrawled subversive slogans such as "overthrow Chiang Kai-shek" and "join the Communist Party" on the wall of a theater, Yang said.

"I was taken to a police station in 1955 on the back of a police bicycle," he said, at the Human Rights Day celebrations at the National Human Rights Museum in Taipei.

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