Bloodbath in Taiwan, after 70 years

This video is called Yvonne’s Life Under Taiwan Martial Law and White Terror Project (2016-17).

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Taiwan: After 70 years, let’s talk about White Terror

Wednesday 1st February 2017

Tsai pledges truth on Chiang Kai-shek brutality

TAIWANESE President Tsai Ing-wen has pledged to finally reveal the truth of nationalist leader Chiang Kai-shek’s “White Terror” on the 70th anniversary of the murderous crackdown.

Speaking at a gathering of surviving victims in Taipei, Ms Tsai pledged to take a “rigorous and precise attitude” in assigning blame for the campaign of repression in the breakaway Chinese province launched on February 28 1947.

“After 70 years, I believe that Taiwanese society now has the mature democratic mechanisms to discuss this matter,” she told victims, families and supporters in 228 Peace Memorial Park in central Taipei, named after the date of the uprising.

Ms Tsai said during her inauguration last May that she expected to see a full report on the suppression of the protests.

Authorities have closed the landmark Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall in the capital. The government is drafting legislation to rename it and to remove the dictator’s statue from the premises.

As many as 28,000 people are believed to have been killed after General Chiang dispatched his Kuomintang (KMT) troops to massacre participants in the largely peaceful protests … .

Many more were imprisoned and killed in the decades of political persecution that followed. 228 Memorial Foundation chief executive officer Yang Chen-long said: “We are pretty dissatisfied and feeling impatient.”

His family received 6 million Taiwanese dollars (£157,000) in compensation for the persecution of his father and two other relatives.

“The compensation for me isn’t that important,” he said.

“Chiang Kai-shek should take responsibility.”

Marches have been held this week from the site where the initial protests broke out to Memorial Park, demanding swifter action on the government’s promises of justice.

China considers the uprising a part of the nationwide struggle that led to the victory of the revolution in 1949.

But Taiwanese nationalists insist it was a backlash against attempts to govern the island from Beijing.

Chiang Kai-shek, considered the founder of the so-called Republic of China in Taiwan, alternately fought and allied with the communists against Japanese invaders from the 1930s to the second world war.

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