Families of White Terror victims denounce Taipei Mayor Ko as opportunist

Hsu Shih-hsiung says Ko Wen-je should never be the country's leader

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TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — A representative of the families of 228 victims has declared a movement is being launched against Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲).

The announcement was made at an official ceremony on Thursday to commemorate the victims of Taiwan's White Terror period.

This year marks the 72nd anniversary of Taiwan's most brutal crackdown, during which protestors were killed en masse for demonstrating against the Kuomintang government. The incident has become known as the 228 Incident or 228 Massacre.

A representative of the families of those killed on February 28, 1947 denounced Ko today in concert with other White Terror victim families.

Hsu Shih-hsiung (徐世雄), one of the many attending the ceremony, said prior to the event that Ko's recent remarks on cross-strait relations are undermining people's faith in the country, and obviously calculated, with some kind of political drive behind them.

"The communist regime is not as great as it claims, and Taiwanese people should stand together against Beijing's oppression," Hsu said.

"I can't put up with Ko's self-defeating argument that Taiwan won't survive more than two days if the other side launches a military attack."

Hsu called Ko an "opportunist" and said that Ko has lost his sense of what Taiwanese values truly are. "This kind of person should never be the country's leader; families of the White Terror victims and I will never support Ko," he said.

The official commemoration ceremony on Feb. 28 was attended by President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文), Premier Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌), and Mayor Ko.

The Taipei City Government vice-spokesman Ke Yu-an (柯昱安) said in response to Hsu's comment that the mayor respects different points of view, and he knows he cannot please everyone. Ke added that the mayor is seeking to solve the urgent problems facing the country and investigate, as well as ensure accountability for the 228 incident.