On this February 28th, as all others, we, as part of the Taiwanese community in some form or another, commemorate those Taiwanese who were brutally murdered under the command of Chiang Kai-shek and the KMT for speaking up for their rights and against the oppressive acts of said dictator.
For more information, please read the below summary (not written by me) and take some time to explore the following website: http://www.uta.edu/account
On February 28, 1947, the arrest of a cigarette vendor in Taipei led to large-scale protests by the native Taiwanese against the corruption and repression of Chiang Kai-shek’s Chinese Nationalist government, which had come over from China (to Taiwan) after Japan’s defeat by the Allied forces in 1945. Following the protests, troops that Chiang’s government secretly sent from mainland China rounded up and executed an entire generation of leading figures, including students, lawyers, and doctors. Scholars estimate that up to 28,000 people lost their lives in the turmoil. During the “White Terror” of the subsequent years, the Nationalists ruled Taiwan under martial law, which ended only when democratization set in during the mid-1980s. The “228 Incident” remains a defining event in the political divide that exists in Taiwan today.