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中華民國九十五年二月二八日 星期二 - Tuesday February 28, 2006

An Alternate Account of the 2-28 Incident

Excerpt from "Taiwan Independence and the 2-28 Incident," by Bevin Chu (02/25/2000) and KMT Youth Forum (02/20/2006).

Historian and independent legislator Li Ao published a history of the 2-28 Incident, entitled The 2-28 You Don’t Know (你不知道的228), in which he turns the conventional wisdom surrounding the tragedy upside down, or more accurately, rightside up.

An event termed the "2-28 Incident" most certainly did happen. During this 2-28 Incident thousands of innocent people most certainly were murdered. The problem is that the 2-28 Incident should be commemorated not by separatists in Taiwan, but by the surviving family members of "mainlanders" -- actually out-of- [Taiwan] province people (外省人 wei-sheng-ren) as opposite to native-[Taiwan] province people (本省人 pen-sheng-ren). Mainlanders, not "Taiwanese" were the primary victims of the 2-28 Incident. "Taiwanese" were the main victims of a subsequent incident which began on March 3 -- and which ought to be termed the "3-03 Incident" -- when Central Government troop reinforcements from Fukien landed in Keelung.

Between February 28 and March 3, 1947, "Taiwanese" rioters went on a rampage murdering "mainland" Chinese: the mob would often check to see if the individual in question could speak Ho-lo-oe (福佬話 [Fukien dialect]) as a means of determining their identity; Japanese was used for a final double check as well as the Japanese National Anthem. Persons who failed the above were identified as mainlanders and were often killed.

Many, among these rioters, donned former Imperial Japanese Army uniforms and brandished Japanese flags as well as samuraii swords. (In fact, nothing since then has changed, as Taiwan Solidarity Union leaders also visited the Yasukuni shrine in Tokyo, where Class-A Japanese war criminals are worshipped, along with Iwasato Takenori the brother of Iwasato Masao, better known later as Lee Teng-hui.)  Others, as in Taichung, were communist insurgents organized as the "27 Unit" (二七部隊), under the command of Sha Shets Ho (Hsieh Hsueh-hung 謝雪紅), a founding member and chairwoman of the "Taiwanese Branch of the Japanese Communist Party" (日本共產黨臺灣民族支部).

The crackdown took place later, when Central Government reinforcement came in, and restored public order. One sure fact, nevertheless, is that the actual number of victims cannot be as high as separatists in Taiwan claimed as such: In 1995, families of those killed or missing as a result of the February 28 Incident became eligible for compensation of NT$6 million, in accordance with the "Regulation on Compensation and Administration of the 229 Incident" of the Lee Teng-hui administration. People incarcerated for over 20 years because of the incident may receive NT$5 million. Others who have suffered or whose reputations have been harmed are also eligible for reparation. The government has approved compensation for 1,300 victims -- among them fewer than 900 deads.


 

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