Number of events to commemorate the 228 Massacre

NEVER FORGET::Students plan to put on musical and theater performances at Freedom Square in front of the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall in the capital

Staff writer, with CNA

Thu, Feb 20, 2014 - Page 4

A number of events have been scheduled for Feb. 28 to commemorate the 67th anniversary of the 228 Massacre, a brutal crackdown that followed an anti-government uprising.

The Taipei City Government and the Taipei 228 Memorial Museum are jointly organizing a concert at the city’s 228 Peace Memorial Park in the morning, followed by a memorial service in the afternoon.

Other concerts are also planned starting on Tuesday at the plaza in front of the museum.

The Memorial Foundation of 228 is also planning a movie screening at the nearby National 228 Memorial Museum on the date of the tragedy’s anniversary.

Just a few blocks away, university students plan to put on musical and theater performances at Freedom Square in front of the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall, alongside exhibitions and accounts of the event by academics, and the victims and their families.

Outside of the capital, a memorial concert is planned in Chiayi City, where an exhibition showcasing pictures and documents from the 228 Massacre will run from Thursday next week to March 23.

There are plans to hold a ceremony in a memorial park in Greater Kaohsiung, while other cities and counties are also planning various events.

An estimated tens of thousands of Taiwanese, many of them from the intellectual elite, were killed when the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) government began suppressing the uprising on Feb. 28, 1947, just 16 months after Japan’s colonial rule of the nation ended.

The crackdown was a prelude to nearly four decades of martial law.