Family members of the victims of Taiwan's 228 Incident say that they approve of new plans for the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall in Taipei.
The controversial Taipei landmark is known for its statue of Chiang Kai-shek, its regular changing of the guard ceremony, and its museum dedicated to the late president's life. However Chiang is widely remembered for his authoritarian rule and the political repression he brought to Taiwan. In particular, a report on the 228 Massacre of 1947 places responsibility for the massacre on Chiang's shoulders. It is thought that between 10,000 and 30,000 people were killed.
At a press conference Saturday, Culture Minister Cheng Li-chiun spoke about plans for the hall. She also said that the culture ministry has removed Chiang-themed souvenirs from the hall's gift shops and ended the use of a song in praise of Chiang to mark the hall's opening and closing times. The minister said that in the future, historic items displayed in the hall with be transferred to Academia Historica and other institutions.
The Memorial Foundation of 228 held a press conference at the hall on Sunday. Four family members of 228 victims expressed gratitude for the changes.
One of the family members suggested that the hall can be used in the future to display the works of artists who fell victim to the crackdown following the 228 Incident. Another family member urged the swift passage of the Transitional Justice Promotion Act, which she said would give legal backing to the nation's efforts to right the wrongs of the past.
Source: Radio Taiwan International
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