Taipei, Tainan mayors call for forgiveness over 228 Incident
The China Post news staffTAIPEI, Taiwan -- The mayors of Taipei and Tainan both called for forgiveness yesterday as they visited an exhibition on the 228 Incident -- a major political and social event in 1947 which left thousands dead in riots and persecutions and traumatized Taiwan for decades.
February 23, 2013, 12:01 am TWN
“The hatred must be forgotten,” Taipei Mayor Hau Lung-bin and his Tainan counterpart Lai Ching-te both said while attending the opening ceremony for the exhibition in the latter's city.
But they maintained that the faults must be carefully examined and such an incident must never occur again.
The exhibition is specifically devoted to victims from the judicial sector who were persecuted and executed by the government while trying to maintain justice.
These victims included Wu Hung-chi, an uncle of ruling Kuomintang Honorary Chairman Wu Poh-hsiung, as well as lawyer Tang Teh-chang and prosecutor Wang Yu-lin.
Wang's wife, Wang-Chen Hsien-cha, accompanied by sons Ke-shao and Ke-hsiung, attended the exhibition and emotionally gazed at exhibits about her husband.
The venue for the present exhibition is at a center near a park built at a site where Tang was executed more than six decades ago.
Island-wide riots broke out on Feb. 28, 1947 after the death of a woman in an anti-smuggling crackdown by the government. It is believed thousands were killed in the riots and subsequent suppression of the riots by government troops.
It is Taipei which first held an exhibition dedicated to the 228 Incident victims from the judicial sector last year, and this year it has moved to Tainan.
The Taipei City Government noted that many of the 228 Incident victims were elite members of the judicial sector. The exhibition is meant to highlight these lawyers and prosecutors' determination to maintain justice and remain impartial in times of unrest.
Lai and Hau examined the exhibits closely, but they declined to answer questions concerning speculation about their personal ambitions.
Lai from the main opposition Democratic Progressive Party has been regularly named as one of the best local administrators, and supporters have urged him to run in the upcoming Taipei mayoral election. Others have also tipped him to be the DPP's next presidential candidate.
Hau from the ruling Kuomintang is also a possible candidate for the 2016 presidential poll.