Alexa
  • Directory of Taiwan

Taiwan to mark anniversary of 228 Incident with memorial events

Taiwan to mark anniversary of 228 Incident with memorial events

Taipei, Feb. 24 (CNA) A number of events will be held around Taiwan over the next few weeks to commemorate the 68th anniversary of the 228 Incident, an anti-government uprising and subsequent brutal crackdown that occurred in 1947. Two memorial services will be held at the 228 Peace Memorial Park in Taipei on Feb. 28, while music performances will staged at the plaza in front of the Taipei 228 Memorial Museum every day from Feb. 25-28, according to the 228 Memorial Foundation. Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (???) and opposition Democratic Progressive Party Chairwoman Tsai Ing-wen (???) are scheduled to attend one of the memorial services, which will include a concert that commemorates the victims and their families, according to the Taiwan Nation Alliance. For the third consecutive year, university students will stage music and theater performances at Liberty Square, or Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall, alongside exhibitions and accounts of the event by scholars and victims and their families. In Chiayi City, a memorial service and a concert are planned for Thursday. An exhibition of images and documents from the incident will also open Thursday and run until March 22 at the Chiayi 228 Memorial Park Museum. Other memorial services will be held in Kaohsiung, New Taipei, Taichung, Tainan, Taoyuan, Pingtung and Yunlin on Feb. 28 and in Keelung on March 8. "228 is not a three-day holiday for people to go out and travel," Lin Wei-lien (???), a pastor and officer of the Presbyterian Church in Taiwan and a member of the Taiwan Nation Alliance, said Tuesday at a press conference at which the events were detailed. He said he hopes the memorial services and exhibitions will educate Taiwan's young people and children about the incident and help to ensure that such a tragedy does not occur again in the country. Although the Taiwan government has apologized many times, it is still unclear who should be held accountable for the massacre, and how many people died during that period, according to Hsueh Hua-yuan (???), director of National Chengchi University's Graduate Institute of Taiwan History and the Taiwan 228 Care Association. The official documents show discrepancies regarding the whereabouts of some people, he added. "Forgiveness is only possible when the truth has been uncovered and the lessons of history have been learned," said Hsueh, calling for more research to shed light on the incident. It is estimated that tens of thousands of Taiwanese, many of them members of the intellectual elite, were killed during the Kuomintang government's crackdown on the uprising that began Feb. 28, 1947, 16 months after Japan's colonial rule of Taiwan ended. The crackdown was a prelude to nearly four decades of martial law. (By Christie Chen)


Updated : 2021-09-27 14:17 GMT+08:00