Sun, Feb 14, 2016 - Page 12 News List

Taiwan in Time: Living and dying for independence

After assisting in Indonesia’s independence movement, Chen Chih-hsiung turned his efforts toward Taiwan

By Han Cheung  /  Staff reporter

Chen was released shortly after he landed in Taiwan under the condition that he cease all Taiwanese independence activities.

But Chen didn’t stop. He formed another pro-independence group in 1961 with three stated goals: End the brutal reign of the KMT, restore the political, social and economic rights of Taiwanese and establish a free, happy and prosperous Republic of Taiwan.

In the summer of 1962, Chen was arrested by the Taiwan Garrison Command, charged with rebellion and sentenced to death.

In 2013, Chen’s daughter received a final letter written before his execution. On it were the names of his three children and one sentence, written in Japanese: “I died for the people of Taiwan.”

Taiwan in Time, a column about Taiwan’s history that is published every Sunday, spotlights important or interesting events around the nation that have anniversaries this week.

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