Ma Ying-jeou Pays Respects to Chiang Kai-shek on 40th Anniversary of KMT Leader’s Death

Chiang Kai-Shek memorial hall

Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou visited Cihu Mausoleum in Taoyuan today to pay respects to Chiang Kai-shek on the 40th anniversary of the KMT leader’s death.

There has been some recent controversy related to Chiang Kai-shek around Taiwan–a few towns, including Keelung, have removed or are planning to remove statues of the late leader. Following the anniversary of the 228 Incident this year, some statues of Chiang were vandalized and defaced (one even was decapitated). Last month, Tainan removed 14 statues at elementary and junior high schools across the city.

Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je said that the city would not remove any statues in public venues. He said, “Keeping Chiang’s statues does not mean surrendering to history. Rather, we should transcend this painful history and be the masters of our own destiny.”

The removal of the statues signified a move toward placing greater importance in commemorating the 228 Incident and the beginning of the White Terror period in Taiwan.

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