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President pay respects to victim of 228 Incident, expresses remorse
Central News Agency
2014-02-28 12:02 PM
Taipei, Feb. 28 (CNA) President Ma Ying-jeou laid a wreath Friday at the tomb of a victim of the 228 Incident of 1947 to pay his respects on the 67th anniversary of the tragic event.

On behalf of the Kuomintang (KMT) government, Ma again expressed remorse over the incident, in which many thousands of people lost their lives.

It was Ma's third visit to the tomb of Chang Chi-lang in Fonglin township, Hualien County. The first time was in 2005 in his capacity as KMT chairman, and the second time was in 2010 as president.

Chang was a member of the National Assembly who participated in the enactment of the Republic of China Constitution in Nanjing in 1946.

Chang and his two sons were killed by KMT troops during the turmoil of the 228 Incident over allegations of being involved in a political assassination plot.

In his tribute, Ma called Chang a philanthropist, an educator and a statesman. Later in the day, Ma is due to attend a formal commemorative ceremony in Taipei. According to some estimates, tens of thousands of Taiwanese, many of them the country's intellectual elite, were killed by KMT troops in a brutal crackdown on anti-government uprisings that began Feb. 28, 1947 -- 16 months after Japanese colonial rule of the island ended. The incident was one of the factors that led to nearly four decades of martial law in Taiwan. (By Lee Shien-feng and Y.F. Low)

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