Commemorative marches will be held in Taipei and Chiayi City along with a series of forums to mark the 65th anniversary of the 228 Incident, sources said yesterday.
The 228 Incident refers to an uprising that began on Feb. 27, 1947, which was violently suppressed by the KMT government.
A Taiwanese woman was beaten by Monopoly Bureau agents for selling contraband cigarettes, an incident that sparked a nationwide uprising in the days that followed and a bloody crackdown on tens of thousands of demonstrators by KMT troops.
On the 65th anniversary of the 228 Incident, the Taiwan Nation Alliance and the Taiwan 228 Care Association will be joining members of the Democratic Progressive Party and pro-Taiwan advocates to commemorate massacre victims by staging parades and holding forums, sources said.
The theme for this year’s commemoration is “Saving Taiwan starts from you,” the Taiwan 228 Care Association said.
“Taiwan is faced with a pro-China crisis under the administration of President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九),” association chairman Lee Pang-fu (李邦孚) said. “By holding a series of 228 memorial activities, we hope to arouse Taiwanese self-awareness, so that Taiwan can be saved by its own people.”
Full details of the event schedule will be announced tomorrow by Taiwan Nation Alliance convener Yao Chia-wen (姚嘉文).
One event already fixed is a forum next Saturday which will invite academics to a discussion on the subject of “Taiwanese self-awakening,” sources said.
On Feb. 28, members of pro-localization associations and family members of 228 Massacre victims will stage a memorial march in Taipei, beginning at 2:28pm, the sources said, adding that a separate commemorative march will be held in Chiayi City.
The march in Taipei will include the ceremonial release of water lanterns, to signify the return of the spirits of Massacre martyrs to “join in the effort to save Taiwan,” the sources said.
Translated by Stacy Hsu, Staff Writer