This year's central 228 memorial event was held in Keelung. A 228 family representative called for the removal of Chiang Kai-shek's statue from Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall. President Tsai Ing-wen said she will carefully promote "transitional" work.
The central memorial event for the 75th anniversary of the 228 Incident was held in Keelung. The government says the location is very significant because Keelung is where Kuomintang forces landed on Taiwan and began suppressing and massacring people. A 228 family representative, meanwhile, called for the removal of Chiang Kai-shek's statue from Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall.
Kao Chao-hung, 228 Family Representative: “The tax money paid by these victims is being spent on maintaining this memorial hall. How can this be? Can the people that support Chiang Kai-shek come and take him away since they love him so much?”
During her address, President Tsai Ing-wen said democratic countries should not memorialize authoritarians and she will carefully promote "transitional" work at CKS Memorial Hall.
Tsai Ing-wen, ROC President: “Apart from transitional work at Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall, we are also promoting my principle of democratic countries not memorializing past presidents that were authoritarians.”
Tsai also said Taiwan has to stand united to face challenges like Ukraine.