Tue, Feb 27, 2007 - Page 1 News List

Chen blasts Chiang over 228 role

ASSIGNING BLAME The president had strong words for the former KMT authoritarian regime, and said many people who committed atrocities had not yet been punished

By Ko Shu-ling and Shih Hsiu-chuan  /  STAFF REPORTERS , WITH AGENCIES

"I will consult my lawyer and file suit against Chen if what he said constitutes defamation," he added.

The president's remarks drew the ire of pan-blue politicians.

Ma Ying-jeou urged the DPP not to use the 228 Incident as a weapon in its struggle against its rivals.

"[That is] not what a responsible party should do: Launch a political struggle, rather than come up with measures to deal with the aftermath of the incident," Ma said.

Meanwhile, responding to Chen's comment that he planned to rename CKS Memorial Hall and the presidential burial sites, KMT lawmakers called the move "Chen's electoral manipulation."

KMT Legislator Alex Fei (費鴻泰) told the press that history would dub Chen a bad man if he denied the contributions Chiang Kai-shek and his son Chiang Ching-kuo (蔣經國) made to the country.

Vice President Annette Lu (呂秀蓮) urged further probes into the 228 Incident. She said that efforts to uncover the truth were not about creating grudges.

The KMT, seeking to address criticism over its role in the massacre, will hold a concert today and invite incident survivors.

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