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Taiwan declassified all 228 massacre documents

President Tsai Ing-wen announced the declassification of all historical records relating to the 228 massacre on February 26, 2017.   The 228 massacre refers to a crackdown launched by the then-Chinese National Party (KMT) regime against civilian demonstrations following an incident in Taipei on February 27, 1947; and subsequent killing of near 20,000 in three months period.   In order to downplay the killing, the KMT called it “incident”, not massacre.  Some historians also called the event as “228 incident”.   According to the National Achieves Administration, the declassified records total 1.37 million pages.  The additional 990,000 pages of records from 83 different government divisions will transfer to the National Achieves Administration later.  Since KMT was the ruling regime at that time, it was believed that KMT also kept lots of documents related to 228 massacre.  President Tsai said that the measure was critical to establishing the truth and expending transitional justice.   Tsai also said “The government would take the lead in investigating the 228 massacre and find those accountable for the tragic chapter in Taiwan’s history.  The government will present the truth and pursue those who are accountable to remedy the current status of “only victims, but no perpetrators”.    The evidence showed that Chiang Kai-shek, President, Republic of China, was responsible for the massacre.  A document dated March 2, 1947, requesting the dispatch of at least a regiment to help quell protests, which was read and approved by Chiang.  In addition to Chiang, then-governor Chen Yi, and Peng Meng-chi, a major-general at the Kaohsiung garrison, were regarded as most responsible for the massacre.   To commemodate 70th anniversary of 228 massacre, Chen Yi-shen, an associate research fellow at Academia Sinica’s Institute of Modern History, made the statement at a conference in Taipei to launch 6 more volume of the collected files of the 228 massacre published by Academia Historica.   The six volumes included files from the Presidential Office, the Changhua County Government and Taichung County Government.






























Posted: March 6, 2017
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