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President Tsai sends message of democracy and freedom to people of China

President Tsai sends message of democracy and freedom to people of China

 

 

On 4 June, the 29th anniversary of the Tiananmen massacre, President Tsai Ing-wen invited the people of China to consider Taiwan’s democratic development. “Taiwan does not have censorship nor a Great Firewall, and its people enjoy the fundamental right to free speech,” the president stated in a post on her official Facebook page. “This is the way of life in Taiwan made possible through the establishment of a democratic environment conducive to such freedom,” she added.

President Tsai pointed out that since Taiwan’s lifting of 38 years of martial law in 1987, successive governments have shouldered the responsibility for restoring historical truths, addressing past injustices and fostering reconciliation. The president also cited the recent launch of the Transitional Justice Commission as evidence of the hastened pace of Taiwan’s democratic development.The Commission is responsible for declassifying political archives relating to the February 28 Incident of 1947, as well as promoting reconciliation and redressing judicial wrongs.