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'For those who believe that this debate was laid to rest, recall that if there was severance with the past, there would be no need for a truth and reconciliation commission,' argues Matthew Geason.
Tomorrow marks the 107th anniversary of Chiang Ching-kuo’s birth. Jeremy Olivier questions whether the Generalissimo’s son was really the great initiator of democratic change so many politicians and academics like to say he was.
'Statues [of Chiang] are the final remnant of the [Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT)] authoritarian regime, which has to be removed if a full-fledged democracy is to be realized.'
China’s Taiwan Affairs Office has said it would commemorate the incident this year, claiming the 228 Incident was part of the 'Chinese people’s fight for liberation,' and accusing Taiwanese independence groups of manipulating the incident to 'tear apart Taiwanese society.'
School Officials Threaten To Ban College Students From Campus For Posting Flyers On Chiang Kai-shek Statue
An university student group called for transitional justice regarding the 228 Incident by posting flyers all over a Chiang Kai-shek statue on campus. School officials tore down the posters and threatened to ban the students from campus.
The February 28 Incident (228) in 1947 was a turning point for the development of democracy in Taiwan. Back then, the government violently suppressed a conflict between the people and the police, leading to tens of thousands of deaths. With the 69th anniversary of the tragedy coming up this Sunday, some have brought up that Chiang Kai-shek, often recognized as the “founding father” of the Republic of China (ROC), was most responsible for the incident.
Jay Taylor believes that soon after Chiang retreated to Taiwan, he gave up his plan to recover the lost Mainland China. Chiang prepared to take root in Taiwan, but he kept pretending to want to recover China as a bargaining chip to stabilize domestic affairs and negotiate with the US.