Association's memorial puts 'March Massacre' in spotlight
By Ted Chen, The China PostTAIPEI, Taiwan --Democratic Progressive Party Chairman Su Tseng-chang and former Chairwoman Tsai Ing-wen yesterday attended a 228 Incident memorial hosted by the 228 Care Association and other pro-independence organizations.
March 1, 2013, 12:03 am TWN
Organizers explained that the event was dubbed “Never Forget (the) March Massacre” (勿忘三月屠殺) because of the need to rectify the public's conception of the bloody suppression.
The significance of the event's renaming is to bring attention to the truth of the brutalities committed by the Kuomintang armed forces after March 8, 1947, following the incident that took place earlier on Feb. 28, said Chen Yi-shen (陳儀深), researcher at Academia Sinica's Institute of Modern History and director general of the 228 Care Association.
The government's yearly ceremonial apologies and foundations are all but hollow gestures, as consecutive litigations have failed to yield actual results with regard to the consequences of the Kuomintang's past actions, said Chen.
The Kuomintang's machine guns began firing on Keelung citizens before their landing crafts reached the shores, said Yu Hsiang-yao (遊祥耀), Keelung councilor and director general of the Keelung 228 Care Association.
Annual memorials are held on March 8 in Keelung for those who lost their lives during the conflict, said Yu.
Yesterday's procession spanned over 3 kilometers, passing through many historical sites of the conflict and ended at Liberty Square. The march was followed by a peaceful coexistence-themed musical event in the evening.
Opposition party leaders used the occasion to remark on the inadequacy of reparation to the victims of 228, and reiterate their anti-nuclear stance.