Youth given spotlight in 228 march

LEST WE FORGET: The march commemorating the 228 Incident is held every year so that people will be able to talk more openly about it, Pastor Lin Wei-lien said

Taipei Times
Date: Feb 25, 2019
By: Jason Pan  /  Staff reporter

Cold weather and steady rain did not deter hundreds of people from more than 60 civic groups who

Members of more than 60 civic groups march in the rain in Taipei yesterday to mark the 72nd anniversary of the 228 Incident.  Photo: George Tsorng, Taipei Times

marched in downtown Taipei yesterday to commemorate the 72nd anniversary of the 228 Incident.

The groups, which included the 228 Memorial Foundation, the Presbyterian Church in Taiwan, the Nylon Cheng Liberty Foundation and the Taiwan Association for Human Rights, gave young leaders the spotlight by letting them lead the march.

“Let us be proud of Taiwan and our democracy,” marchers declared as they urged people not to forget the victims of atrocities and political oppression during the White Terror era.

The 228 Incident was a crackdown launched by the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) against civilian demonstrations following the indiscriminate killing of a bystander in an angry crowd in Taipei on Feb. 27, 1947; it is considered the start of the White Terror era.

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