Several civic groups expressed their objection to the plan yesterday.Not mentioned in the Taipei Times article, but noted by a Liberty Times commentator, (h/t to the Latin lover) is that the upgrade to the 228 Memorial Museum commencing in May eliminates the second floor exhibit showing the resistance to the White Terror:
“The CCA’s plan to permit artists to freely use the historic rooms — including the former courtroom and prison cells — and allow them to make adjustments will just destroy the place,” Mainlander Taiwanese Association executive director Huang Luo-fei (黃洛斐) told the Taipei Times via telephone.
“Of course we support the idea of attracting more visitors and giving a new life to the old historic space,” Huang said. “But you have to take into consideration why this place was preserved in the first place and don’t take it out of the historical context.”
Chiu E-ling (邱伊翎), director of media and communications at the Taiwan Association for Human Rights, agreed.
“[The former Jingmei military detention center] is an important landmark in Taiwan’s human rights history — you cannot treat it like an abandoned warehouse,” Chiu said, adding that the CCA had never discussed the issue with human rights groups or former political prisoners who were jailed there.
“[President] Ma Ying-jeou [馬英九] said that he considers the human rights issue a priority and the government brags about the ratification of two UN human rights convenants,” she said. “But I think we’re taking a step backward in manifesting human rights.”
Former DPP secretary-general Wang Tuoh (王拓), who was detained at the center as a political prisoner, accused the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) government of “trying to erase its own ugly history.”
DPP legislators also joined in the chorus of disapproval.
DPP caucus whip Lee Chun-yee (李俊毅) told a press conference that Ma’s government renamed the human rights park on Feb. 27.
The old military court will be remodeled into offices for performing arts groups, while the detention house would become display rooms for art or performance rehearsal studios, he said.
The historical value of the site would be destroyed by the project, Lee said.
同樣的事情也發生在台北二二八紀念館，在五月將要更新的常設展規劃中，原有的白色恐怖展區被取消。當我們好 不容易面對那段歷史，為什麼政府要再次的把它遮掩。每個人、每個群體的歷史都該被尊重，白色恐怖受害者、流亡老兵、樂生院民以及外籍配偶，然而掩蓋顯然不 是尊重的表現。請不要再欺瞞我們，讓人民共同面對「光陰的故事」。
The same thing has also occurred in the Taipei 228 Memorial Hall. In the May upgrade of the permanent exhibition plan, what was originally the area of the White Terror Exhibit has been eliminated. After all the difficulties in facing this part of history, why does the Government have to hide it again.Exactly. Why does the government have to hide it again?
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