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Uploaded on Mar 1, 2007
Looking at some of the victims of the 228 Massacre of 1947.
Part 1 tells the viewers about how widespread the events were and introduces Ouyang Wen (歐陽文).
The massacre was set in motion on February 27, 1947 when Chinese agents from the Tobacco Monopoly Bureau in Taipei pistol whipped a cigarette vendor and shot a bystander before fleeing to a nearby police staation. The public quickly surrounded the station demanding justice, but the shooter had snuck out of a back exit.
More demonstrations happened the next day, and Chinese security forces used machine guns against the unarmed protesters. That same day, martial law -- which lasted until 1987 -- was declared.
Chen Yi, the Governor-General in charge of Taiwan, rounded up leaders across Taiwan, executing thousands. Taiwanese leaders were lured by the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) under the pretense of negotiations and were instead executed as well.
In total, perhaps 30,000 people were killed, and thousands of others were imprisoned on false charges.
Mr. Ouyang reflects on the massacre, telling us about the bravery of young female students who brought zongzi (a kind of rice dumpling) to him and his fellow fighters, and how he can still remember the taste.
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