Exhibit on White Terror era opens to public

A special exhibit featuring unjust places where political prisoners were arrested, tortured, and executed during Taiwan's White Terror era is on display in Taipei.

The exhibit opened on Friday. It has been sponsored by the cultural ministry to mark the 30th anniversary of the end of martial law in 1987. Taiwan had been under martial law since 1949, with political dissent strongly suppressed by the Nationalist, or Kuomintang, government.

Most unjust places are centered in Taipei. These include what is today the five-star Sheraton Hotel, a former military detention center. There is also a movie theater which used to be a place where political prisoners were tortured. One organizer, Wang Yi-chun talked about the importance of the exhibit on Friday.

Wang said, We are so used to those places. While they have undergone change, we must acknowledge their past. History shouldn't be forgotten. Forgetting or turning a blind eye [to the past] will thwart the democracy we all want to safeguard as we carry out transitional justice.

The main exhibit is at the Jing-Mei Human Rights Memorial and Cultural Park, a former detention center for political prisoners.

Source: Radio Taiwan International