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National 228 museum opens in Taipei

NEVER FORGET:Minister of the Interior Jiang Yi-huah said the ministry would keep reminding government offices to fly the national flag at half-mast on Feb. 28

By Ko Shu-ling, Rich Chang and Vincent Y. Chao  /  Staff Reporters

As part of the activities to mark 228, local governments around Taiwan lowered the national flag to half-mast.

Meanwhile, DPP Chairperson Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) marked the anniversary at a memorial event in Yilan County, where she called the massacre a “deep scar” that did not discriminate on race or location.

Tsai gave flowers to families of the victims and also placed them on empty chairs, to symbolize the victims who had not returned home.

“When I look at the empty chairs, I think of the empty chair left for [Chinese dissident] Liu Xiaobo (劉曉波) at the Nobel ceremony [last December],” she said. “It reveals just how distant Taiwan and China has become in terms of human rights and democracy.”

Tsai said she did not believe that any group could claim the “sole rights” over the incident, maintaining that it was a painful reminder shared by all Taiwanese.

“There is only one 228 Incident and it belongs to neither the DPP nor the KMT. This country needs to continue to face up to the incident together as one,” she said.

In an open letter to the Chinese-language Apple Daily yesterday, Tsai said politicians must continue to heed the lessons left from the 228 Incident.

“Incidents like 228 will continue to occur when politicians think not of the people’s rights but how to keep their own political power,” she said.

“It would be sugarcoating history to say that it was an incident without a perpetrator,” she said, referring to the controversial changes that some say glorify the role of Chiang Kai-shek at the Taipei 228 Memorial Museum.

ADDITIONAL REPORTING BY CNA

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