The Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall (中正紀念堂) in Taipei was vandalized as two men splattered red paint around the area Friday morning, UDN reported. The 33- and 37-year-old men were arrested after throwing paint at the statue.
Taiwan’s Ministry of Culture said in response to the vandalism that there needs to be more open dialogue about the legacy of Chiang Kai-shek to prevent future acts of vandalism against his statues. It plans to host three “Vision Transformation Workshops” about plans for the memorial.
The ministry expects a draft resolution on the transformation of the memorial hall to be completed by the end of the year. It emphasized that transitional justice is not just a legal and political project, but also a major social project.
The Ministry of Culture will host three public sessions to discuss the future of the memorial hall as well as other monuments to the former leader. It hopes that the discussions will foster mutual respect and dialogue. The open forums will be held in Hualien on August 4, in Taichung on August 11, and Tainan on August 12. Those who wish to participate in the discussion should register online at http://cks.moc.gov.tw/event/.
Over the past few years, attacks on Chiang’s likeness have increased across Taiwan, with some statues being removed to prevent such incidents. In most cases, red paint and graffiti have covered the statues, but some have been permanently damaged. Most of the attacks on Chiang’s statues occur on February 28, which marks the anniversary of the 228 Incident in 1947 that began the White Terror period in Taiwan. An estimated 10,000 people were killed on the first day.