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Tuesday, March 06, 2007


Erroneous 228 ceremony

The ceremony in 228 Memorial Park, Taipei, was blocked with police tapes.
In one of his recent articles ( 錯謬的二二八紀念形式), Lu Li (路犁), the founder of one of the most popular pan-green forums (Anti-Media 與媒體對抗), talked about a 228 ceremony that was wrongfully conducted by the current government. The ceremony was held in 228 Memorial Park in Taipei, filled with high officials of central and local government's, but some families of 228 victims were denied the right of participation.

Lu Li mentioned that 228 belongs to all people and should not be considered a platform for some special class of people:

The historical 228 event belongs to the entire nation (if all Taiwanese are considered a nation), entire people. If so, then such a ceremony should allow all people to participate freely.

When the 228 ceremony became one that only some special people are allowed to participate, it will be a long way before it becomes a whole-nation ceremony of critical historical event. While KMT continuously denies her responsibility of historical crime, which results in more difficulty to reveal the truth, if the DPP, who has being the government for 7 years, was unable to escape from the authoritarian style of "central government ceremony", it would be even harder for the people to force KMT to admit her historical crime.

Taipei Mayor Hou Long-Bing (郝龍斌) while one of 228 victim's families, who protested in a peaceful way, was blocked away by the police.
The ceremony was organized to have high officials giving speeches on the stage, including the current Taipei Mayor Hou Long-Bing (郝龍斌), who is one of the successors of KMT -- the party responsible for the 228 massacre in 1947. At the same time, one of families of 228 victims were not only kept away from the ceremony but seemed to be escorted away by the police.

(when 228 victims' relatives were rejected) The KMT successor Hou Long-Bing, carrying the political crime of 228 event, was treated as a guest and allowed to give a speech on the stage. What kind of "transforming justice" DPP is trying to convey?

The truth of 228 event hasn't been revealed! The criminal(s) of 228 incident haven't been indicted! The president Chen Shui-Bian (陳水扁) and Head of Executive Yuan Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) are supposed to sit on the seats below the stage humbly to listen to the protest, the complaint, and the accusations coming from 228 victims and their families. How come it turns out to be that these slothful high officials were giving speeches on the stage ? What justifiable basis these governmental officials -- who carry varying degree of responsibility for not seeking the truth -- have to give such speeches to the 228 victims and families who have to tolerate and listen ?

Indeed, this arrangement has turned the relationship between KMT and the people from "murderers vs. victims" into "authority vs. people", which violates the principle of democracy in which the people should be the master and the government is only the servant.

While calls for justice seem to become a widely accepted concept in this 60 year anniversary of 228 massacre, a ceremony like this probably contributes little -- if any -- to the closure of this historical tragedy.


At 9:32 AM, Blogger Michael Turton said...

Great post, Echo. Good to see you around and posting. More! More!


At 3:06 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good insight Echo. Pleased to see your contribution and insight.
There are still many within the KMT that don't understand democratic principles but that issue doesn't get enough attention in the English language media.


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