Taiwan marks 63rd anniversary of 228 massacre and 30th of Lin family murder
Taiwan News, Staff Writer
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2010-03-01 12:00 AM
President Ma Ying-jeou said yesterday, the 63rd anniversary of the 228 massacre, that he hoped it could turn into a force for progress in Taiwan, while opposition leader Tsai Ing-wen described the murder of opposition activist Lin Yi-hsiung's family on the 33rd anniversary as a "common pain."

More than 10,000 Taiwanese lost their lives during a spontaneous uprising in 1947 against the Kuomintang troops which had taken over Taiwan just 18 months earlier.

The crackdown on government opponents lasted for many years during the period known as the "White Terror." Public mention of the massacre was taboo until after the lifting of Martial Law more than 40 years later.

On the 33rd anniversary, on Feb. 28, 1980, intruders murdered the mother and the small twin daughters of jailed opposition politician Lin, a later chairman of the Democratic Progressive Party. The murderer was never found, but is widely believed to have been acting on behalf of the KMT government or one of its affiliates.

At the official 228 commemoration service in Tainan City yesterday, Ma apologized to the victims and their families in name of the government. No matter how often it apologized, there was no way of bringing back the victims, so the government should concentrate on making sure such a massacre could never happen again, Ma said. He mentioned the strengthening of human rights education and continued supervision of the government by elected politicians and by the media.

At a ceremony in Taipei City during the afternoon, Ma was met with protesters demanding his resignation.

At a religious service in Taipei, DPP chairwoman Tsai Ing-wen met with her predecessor Lin on the 30th anniversary of his family's massacre.

The murder of his mother and daughters was "a common pain, a common memory of the Taiwanese," Tsai said. It also showed that Lin was the Taiwanese people's common asset, she added.

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