Veteran pro-democracy activist Peng Ming-min has passed away at the age of 98. President Tsai Ing-wen said she was grateful for Peng's contributions to Taiwan's democratization movements.
Peng Ming-min (Oct. 20, 2018), Former Presidential Advisor: “Regardless of what criteria you look at, us Taiwanese people have the right to declare independence.”
In 2018, Peng Ming-min called for a referendum on declaring independence. Peng was known as the "godfather of Taiwan independence."
Peng died on the morning of the 8th at the age of 98. President Tsai Ing-wen thanked Peng for watching over her and for his contributions to a democratic Taiwan.
Su Tseng-chang, ROC Premier: “I believe Taiwanese people will miss this very great fighter. We will continue following in his footsteps.”
Lee Yung-te, Culture Minister: “You could say Taiwan has freedom of speech and democratic movements because of him. We are extremely heartbroken by his passing.”
Peng survived a World War II boat bombing while studying in Japan in 1944, losing his left arm. In 1964, he was sentenced to eight years for publishing a manifesto calling for the government to be overthrown. In 1996, he unsuccessfully ran for president as the Democratic Progressive Party candidate. Frank Hsieh was his running mate. From 1970 to 1992, Peng lived in Europe and the U.S.
Peng Ming-min (Archive Footage), Former Presidential Advisor: “These whiskers are all real. It's more natural.”
In 2019, Peng and others at the Academia Sinica angered Tsai by publishing an open letter to her, telling her not to run for reelection. In his last published work, Peng wrote that "one China and one Taiwan has long been an ironclad reality."
Hsu Chih-chieh, Legislator (DPP): “These were never affiliated in the first place. So, in accordance with our mentor's final wishes, we have to continue fighting this fight.”
Peng's foundation has announced there won't be a funeral and Peng will be cremated and laid to rest at a Presbyterian cemetery in Kaohsiung's Yancheng.