Many political figures attended the mourning ceremony for the late President Lee Teng-hui. Former President Chen Shui-bian hailed writes on a banner that Lee is the father of Taiwan's democracy whereas Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je said Lee's biggest contribution was to transition Taiwan into a democracy through a quiet revolution.
Using a crutch, former President Chen Shui-bian hobbles his way through the mourning ceremony of late President Lee Teng-hui. Chen had a father-son like relationship with Lee and he got up at five in the morning to the Taipei Guest House to pay respect. Chen said that despite coming from a different party than Lee, he shares Lee's goal to push for democracy. Chen later on wrote on a banner that Lee's spirit leaves on as the father of Taiwan's democracy.
We were competitors and we went at each other. However, we also collaborated and agreed on lots of issues. Lee's unfortunate passing kept me up the whole night.
Taipei Mayor and head of Taiwan People's Party Ko Wen-je, who recently survived a party crisis, also paid respect to Lee at his party members' convention. He said it's necessary to start a second wave of quiet revolution. He visited the Taipei Guest House on Monday morning and said that Lee was a person with wisdom and courage and that his biggest contribution was to push Taiwan's democracy through a quiet revolution.
In the Gwangju Incident in South Korea, student threw gas bombs in their protests. There were student protests in Taiwan and other actions, but the cost to society was the lowest compared to other movements. That's why it's called a quiet revolution.
Ko's recent Facebook photo in which he shared the frame with Lee while he was hospitalized and looked ill drew some criticism from netizens, some of whom called him out for lack of respect. Ko responded by saying that he could get criticized for doing anything and that his conscience is okay with it. Foreign Minister Joseph Wu and the head of AIT Brent Christensen also attended the mourning ceremony.
President Lee was a great hero of Taiwan's democratic transformation. We honor his legacy by continuing to strengthen the U.S.-Taiwan relationship based on our shared democratic values.
Joseph Wu said Lee helped change Taiwan's diplomacy and earned Taiwan some friends on the global stage. Former Vice-President Vincent Siew, former President of the Legislative Yuan Wang Jin-pyng and Interior Minister Hsu Kuo-yung also attended the ceremony.