By: Joseph Yeh
Taipei, Feb. 28 (CNA) The government’s ongoing push for transitional justice is intended to ensure
Taiwanese can live in a censor-free society without fear of ever again being punished by an authoritarian government, President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) said Thursday, during a memorial ceremony to mark the 72nd anniversary of the 228 Incident.
Speaking at the ceremony in Taipei’s 228 Peace Memorial Park, Tsai said as she arrived at the park, she saw many young children and their parents enjoying a day off thanks to the national holiday.
The administration is pushing to implement transitional justice to ensure all Taiwanese live in a censor-free society “where people can read whatever they like and express their views without fear of being taken away by police in the middle of the night,” she said, as happened to many during the brutal crackdown on an anti-government uprising in 1947 and the decades-long White Terror era that followed.
The 228 Incident was triggered by a clash between government officials and an illegal cigarette vendor in Taipei on Feb. 27, 1947, leading to protests a day later that were violently suppressed. [FULL STORY]