Wed, Feb 28, 2007 - Page 3 News List

The 228 Incident: Sixty years on - Sixty years on, answers remain elusive

MASSACRE MEMORIES Every year on March 10, Lee Rong-chang's family sits down to a meal of squid congee, in memory of a dinner his father was never to finish in 1947

By Ko Shu-ling  /  STAFF REPORTER

Kenneth Wang, director of the San Diego chapter of the Formosa Association for Public Affairs (FAPA), was sent to the US in 1968 by his mother, who was afraid that he would be the next target. He has been in the US ever since.

Written apology

Speaking on behalf of the victims of the 228 massacre and their families residing in the US, Wang said that they would like to see the KMT offer a sincere, written apology to them and all Taiwanese people.

They also want to know who provided the blacklists to the Garrison Command and who was in charge of the investigation office of the KMT's Taiwan chapter during the massacre.

Finally, they want to see the KMT make a contribution to the state coffers equal to the amount the 228 Memorial Foundation had paid to victims and their families.

Lee Rong-chang said he would like to see the legislature change the law regulating the "subsidies" offered to victims and their families to a "compensation" bill, because compensation would imply that someone had admitted to having made a mistake.

"Only when the perpetrators admit their mistake will victims and their families be able to forgive them and move on with their lives," he said.

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