Wed, Dec 08, 2004 - Page 4 News List

DPP releases book commemorating the Kaohsiung Incident


The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) yesterday published a picture book entitled Rainbow Formosa: Taiwan Ethnic History, to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Formosa Incident.

Independence Roots

The Formosa Incident, also known as Kaohsiung Incident, occurred on Dec. 10, 1979, when a demonstration organized by opposition politicians and Formosa Magazine to commemorate Human Rights Day turned into a bloody riot which led to the arrest of a group of the then political dissidents, including now Vice President Annette Lu (呂秀蓮), Examination Yuan President Yao Chia-wen (姚嘉文), as well as two former DPP chairmen: Lin I-hsiung (林義雄) and Shih Ming-teh (施明德).

Deputy Premier Yeh Chu-lan (葉菊蘭), DPP Deputy Secretary-General Lee Ying-yuan (李應元) and DPP Information and Culture Department Director Cheng Wen-tsan (鄭文燦) jointly held a press conference yesterday to introduce the new book.

DPP Resolution

The book features the party's resolution to seek national unity through the co-existence of ethnic communities in an innovative and lively way, according to a statement by the DPP.

The statement noted that the picture book features the notions of love and unity and emphasizes that Taiwan's diverse cultures are an essential part of "Rainbow Formosa."

The book calls for the formation of a civic spirit to consolidate the notion of "our country is Taiwan," according to the statement.

In the book's introduction, Premier Yu Shyi-kun writes that the DPP hopes that through the promotion of the concept of civil rights, all ethnic cultures in the country can receive equal attention in terms of development.

He also expresses the hope that Taiwan can become a place where "ethnic diversity and national unity exist."

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