Sat, Mar 08, 2014 - Page 8 News List

228 observances must embrace all

By Chen Yi-shen 陳儀深

On the one hand, although traditional memorial events must continue, the invitation of party politicians must be carefully contemplated, including whether they should be giving speeches. Regarding what these speeches should address and for how long must be analyzed as well, to avoid sullying the solemnity of 228 memorials.

On the other hand, which format will attract young people and the general public must also be gauged. This is why the second “Using Music to Change the World” concert at Liberty Square attracted more than 20,000 people, 80 to 90 percent of whom were students. This new approach is indeed worth examining.

As in the past, a 228 memorial ceremony will be held at Keelung Harbor this afternoon because this is where two military police battalions landed on March 8, 1947. It was on March 9, after these troops had marched through the night to Taipei, that then-chief executive and Taiwan Garrison commander Chen Yi (陳儀) dared declare martial law, leading to the vengeful slaughter of Taiwanese.

Today, Taiwanese need more than demonstrations and the laying down of flowers, we must also add music and poetry in the hope of also attracting those who are not in favor of Taiwanese independence.

Chen Yi-shen is chairman of the Taiwan 228 Care Association.

Translated by Perry Svensson

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