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2017-04-12 09:00
President Tsai attends 228 Incident Anniversary Memorial Ceremony, Hoping Feb. 28 Marking A Time Nation Most United
The nation's main memorial ceremony to mark the 70th anniversary of the 228 Incident was held in the afternoon of Feb. 28 at the 228 Peace Memorial Park in Taipei. Among those in attendance at the event were Minister of the Interior Yeh Jiunn-rong , Chairman Hsueh Hua-yuan of the Memorial Foundation of 228 Incident, Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je, and Director Peter Pan of the Taiwan 228 Care Association.

After President Tsai laid flowers in front of the 228 Peace Memorial Monument, Hsueh of the Memorial Foundation of 228 Incident, Taipei Mayor Ko and Pan, as representative of families of the 228 victims, were invited to speak.

President Tsai, in her address on the occasion, stressed that the discourse on the 228 Incident of "only victims, and no victimizers" must be changed. She promised that the government will uncover the facts, by sorting through political records related to the 228 Incident and confessions, transcripts, surveillance reports, court judgments, and official documents during the "White Terror" period which are scattered among different government agencies.

The government will exercise maximum prudence in determining responsibility for the 228 Incident, she said.

In addition, the President emphasized, the goal of transitional justice is reconciliation, not political struggle. It is hoped that the day will come when all facts are laid bare, when the victimizers are willing to apologize, and the victims and their families are willing to forgive, she said.

After the speech, President Tsai presented certificates restoring the reputations to eight persons, including 228 Incident victims Fu Jen-hung, Wu Chao-ming and Shih Po-shu, and surviving family members of other victims, including Chen Ya-tang, Lin Chun-hsiung, Shih Yi-hsiung, Wu Tsung-ming, and Lin Wen-chieh.

Since its establishment in 1995, the Memorial Foundation of the 228 Incident has provided approximately NT$7.2 billion to victims or victim families of 2,301 compensation cases. Upon the promulgation of the revised "February 28 Incident Disposition and Compensation Act", the foundation has been transformed into a permanent institute devoted to handling monetary compensation and reputation restoration for 228 Incident victims, fact-finding of the incident, enhancing understanding of the incident through educational and cultural activities, and managing the National 228 Memorial Museum. The Ministry of the Interior will continue to provide the foundation with assistance and guidance, to reach the goals of healing wounds of history, bringing about social fairness and justice, and achieving earnest forgiveness and lasting peace and harmony.

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