Feb 23, 2017 Culture Comments Off on Tsai promises continued quest for truths of 228
President Tsai Ing-wen has promised that the government will continue its search for the true history of the 228 Incident.
The 228 Incident was a bloody crackdown against anti-government protests that began on February 28, 1947. It is not known how many people died as a result of the violence, but academics put the figure at somewhere between 10,000 and 30,000 people.
On Thursday, Tsai welcomed relatives of 228 victims visiting from overseas. Tsai said the government has worked to ease the pain of victim's families since Taiwan became a democracy. However, she said she understands that relatives of victims may feel the government has not yet done enough.
Tsai said she attended an International Holocaust Remembrance Day ceremony held by the Israeli and German representative offices in Taiwan. She said she was impressed by Germany's bravery in confronting its past and hoped this may serve as an example for Taiwan.
Tsai said her administration has worked to make investigations into the 228 Incident more thorough and transparent. She said the government has also worked to attribute responsibility more clearly and in more detail. She said more archival material from the period will be examined to bring more of the truth to light.
The president said that Academia Historica released six volumes of files on Thursday, and that more will be published as they are declassified. She said the Overseas Community Affairs Council is working to declassify four files in its possession as soon as possible.
Source: Radio Taiwan International
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