Memorial events to mark anniversary of 228 Incident
CNATAIPEI--Memorial events will be held around Taiwan today to mark the 66th anniversary of the 228 Incident, an anti-government uprising that was brutally suppressed.
February 28, 2013, 12:01 am TWN
This year, the government-launched Memorial Foundation of 228 will organize its annual memorial ceremony in northeastern Taiwan's Yilan County for the first time, Liao Chie-ping, chief executive of the foundation, told CNA Tuesday.
President Ma Ying-jeou will attend the event and present a “reputation-restoring certificate” to officially clear the name of a local newspaper that was forced to close down during the incident, Liao said.
Another of the certificates will also be given to the family of 228 victim Chiang Shih-chin, a native of Yilan and son of Chiang Wei-shui, an important figure in Taiwan's resistance against Japanese colonial rule, Liao said.
The foundation will also stage a memorial concert and play that day, as well as a human rights film festival that will run through April 28, at the National 228 Memorial Museum in Taipei, to commemorate the tragic event, Liao added.
“We hope to use the museum to promote further human rights education,” said Liao, who is also director of the museum.
Tens of thousands of Taiwanese, many of them among the intellectual elite, are estimated to have been killed by the then ruling Nationalist Government in the brutal crackdown that began Feb. 28, 1947 — 16 months after Japanese colonial rule of the island ended. The incident led to nearly four decades of martial law in Taiwan.
The Taiwan 228 Care Association will also organize a procession Thursday that will pass a teahouse that was the original scene of the incident.
A concert will also be held that evening at the National Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall to mark the anniversary, while other memorial events will be held in other counties and cities around the country.