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Taipei 228 exhibits spark controversy

GLOSSING OVER:Critics said the government had demonstrated arrogance with its interpretation of history and had disrespected the incident’s victims and their families

By Mo Yan-chih  /  Staff Reporter

President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) will attend the reopening ceremony of the museum at 10am today. The museum will be open daily from 10am to 5pm and be closed on Mondays.

The 228 Incident refers to the KMT’s bloody crackdown on demonstrators under Chiang’s administration in 1947 after a woman was beaten for selling contraband cigarettes in Taipei on the night of Feb. 27, 1947.

The beating sparked nationwide disorder and the slaughter of tens of thousands of Taiwanese at the hands of KMT troops.

The KMT did not acknowledge the past mistakes nor offer public apologies over the incident until former president Lee Teng-hui’s (李登輝) administration. Ma has promised to make more effort to uncover the truth of the incident since taking office, and a national museum on the 228 Incident is scheduled to open on Feb. 28 in Taipei.

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