President-elect Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) on Tuesday said that she would apologize to the nation’s Aborigines in her capacity as president on Aug. 1 — Indigenous Peoples Day in Taiwan — for sufferings she said the government has caused them.
Tsai, who is to assume the presidency on May 20, said several times during her presidential campaign that Aborigines have suffered at the hands of government, as the nation was ruled by a number of foreign regimes, while they are at a disadvantage in terms of economy, education and health.
“This is oppression and inequality caused by history,” Tsai said, adding that these were the reasons for the apology.
Tsai made the remarks during a visit to Taitung to express appreciation for the support for her and the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) in the presidential and legislative elections.
DPP legislator-elect Chen Ying (陳瑩), a member of the Puyuma community, accompanied Tsai on the thank-you tour, and said that she will be sure to remind Tsai of her commitment to apologize to Aborigines on Aug. 1, an especially significant day for the apology.
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