Newspaper article China Post

Tainan Risks Controversy, Removes Chiang Statues from Public Schools

Newspaper article China Post

Tainan Risks Controversy, Removes Chiang Statues from Public Schools

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TAIPEI, Taiwan -- The Tainan government conducted on Saturday an unannounced operation removing statues of late President Chiang Kai-shek from the city's schools.

The city government managed to remove 13 of the 14 statues that were still standing on the grounds of the city's schools, Mayor William Lai said.

The removal of the last one at the Chengkung Elementary School was called off because of opposition from neighbors who were taken by surprise by the operation, he said.

Lai said the move was meant to put to rest long-standing disputes over the presence of the late president's statues on school premises.

He said it would not be a good sight to see the statues being at the center of protests or having to suffer from frequent vandalism.

"After all, it is no longer proper to put any political totems on school campuses," said Lai, a member of the main opposition Democratic Progressive Party.

Hsieh Chieh-lung, head of the ruling Kuomintang's branch in Tainan, said Chiang is part of Taiwan's history and should be duly considered so. …

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