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Kaohsiung mayor vows to complete Chijin war and peace memorial

Kaohsiung mayor vows to complete Chijin war and peace memorial

Kaohsiung Mayor, Chen Chu (陳菊), Saturday said she will do her utmost to complete a peace memorial park in the southern port city's coastal Chijin district to commemorate the many Taiwanese soldiers who were killed in battles after being forced to fight for Japan in World War II, and later for the Kuomintang government during the Chinese civil war.
Chen made the pledge while attending a memorial service at a Presbyterian church in Kaohsiung County's Fengshan City in remembrance of John Kyo (Hsu Chao-jung) a pro-independence activist and the founder of a Taiwanese veterans' society who immolated himself on May 20, the day when the Democratic Progressive Party handed over the reins of the government to the Kuomintang.
Democratic Progressive Party Chairwoman, Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文), also attended the memorial service and expressed her regret at failing to meet Kyo's expectations of the former DPP government's performance over the last eight years. Tsai vowed to do her best to win back the people's support and trust, promising not to fail the supporters' again.
Kyo, who was forced to serve in the Japanese navy during World War II and later fought for the KMT government during the civil war with the Chinese communists, left a suicide note in which he expressed his great disappointment with the development of local politics, the local justice quality, the poor performance of elected representatives, the veteran welfare system, and the DPP's poor performance in the pursuit of transitional justice.
One of the reasons that lead Kyo to commit self-immolation was the Kaohsiung City Council's decision to change the park's name from "War and Peace Memorial Park" to "Peace Memorial Park" and to remove a monument Kyo's veteran association set up in 2006. The city government backed down from the city councilor's pressure, and agreed the councilor's request to change the park's name in their May 9 negotiation, though a compromise was made between the councilor and the city government not to move the monument the Taiwanese veterans erected.


Updated : 2021-03-01 12:37 GMT+08:00