People First Party presidential candidate James Soong’s (宋楚瑜) advocacy of transitional justice is “shameless,” veteran activist and independent presidential candidate Shih Ming-te (施明德) said yesterday, adding that Soong was a former “hired thug” of authoritarian regimes.
“Where in the world does a perpetrator say that he would effect transitional justice and reconciliation,” Shih said, adding that Soong had invited “muckraking” with his promise to establish a presidential office for “transitional justice” if elected, which would investigate unresolved cases from the Martial Law era.
Having Soong offer to effect transitional justice was like asking a “demon” for a prescription, Shih said, calling Soong “shameless” and “detestable” for “parroting” Shih’s position, and promising to “stalk and expose” Soong if the PFP candidate was elected.
Soong served in numerous positions under the regimes of former presidents Chiang Kai-shek (蔣介石) and Chiang Ching-kuo (蔣經國), including as head of the now-defunct Government Information Office.
Author Huang Hui-chun (黃惠君) said that during his term as head of the information office, Soong had banned the publication of 53 volumes of works, including leading opposition magazine Formosa (美麗島).
Shih was one of the “Kaohsiung Eight” of magazine-affiliated activists who were court-martialed and jailed after the magazine sponsored a march to honor International Human Rights Day.
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