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Professor apologizes over Deng remarks

‘NOT INTENTION’:A National Cheng Kung University professor apologized to the public and family of Deng Nan-jung yesterday, saying she held him in high regard

By Shih Hsiu-chuan  /  Staff reporter

She invited Wang, members of the School Affairs Committee, historians, education workers and people interested in related issues to visit the Deng Liberty Foundation to exchange views.

“Life is precious, we shall never give it up easily. Neither did my father,” she said.

Earlier yesterday, a group of students from several of the university’s students clubs issued a joint statement saying they would have a ceremony to formally name the plaza “Nan-jung Square” when the new semester begins.

More than 200 students yesterday staged a really on campus, demanding an apology from National Cheng Kung University President Hwung Hwung-hweng (黃煌煇).

They said the executives of the school lacked the spirit of a university and democracy, and ridiculed the university’s arbitrary decision not to name the plaza by unfurling a white banner with text, a homophone to Deng’s name, reading: “The emperor finds it [the decision] intolerable (朕難容).”

Meanwhile, representatives of the Taiwan Association of University Professors and the Ding-nan Chen Education Foundation called a press conference in Taipei demanding that the school name the plaza Nan-jung Square in accordance with the November vote.

“The naming incident showed there is still a long way to go to achieve the goal Deng Nan-jung had pursued: 100 percent freedom of expression,” professor of history at Fu Jen University Chen Chun-kai (陳君愷) said.

“We miss him so much,” he added.

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