Taipei, Feb. 28 (CNA) The tomb of former President Chiang Kai-shek (蔣介石) at Cihu Mausoleum in Taoyuan was vandalized on Wednesday, with the culprit splashing red paint on the sarcophagus to symbolize the blood of all those who died at Chiang's hands.
Chen Chung-chi (陳中吉), spokesman of the Ministry of National Defense (MND) which has jurisdiction over the Cihu Mausoleum, lamented the crime and asked the public to remain calm and rational on the 71st anniversary of the 228 Incident.
The authoritarian Kuomintang (KMT) regime in Taiwan, directed by Chiang Kai-shek from China who was still fighting the Communists there in a civil war, launched a crackdown on anti-government protests on Feb. 28, 1947 that has since become known as the 228 Incident.
The crackdown, which stretched into May that year, left an estimated 18,000 to 28,000 people dead, according to government figures.
Chen said the MND has asked local police to look into the matter and will station more guards around the site.
A group that called itself "From Ethos to Nations" on Facebook claimed responsibility for the act, posting photos of the act of vandalism on its social media page.
The group said it was a pro-Taiwan independence group of young people who cared about justice, in particular transitional justice, and believed that true transitional justice will never happen as long as national resources continue to be dedicated to memorializing the Chiangs.
Wu Den-yih (吳敦義), chairman of the KMT, which is now in opposition, said the action of the group of young people was harmful to the social harmony of the country, and he hoped that similar events would not happen again.
On the issue of transitional justice, Taoyuan City Mayor Cheng Wen-tsan (鄭文燦) described it as a comprehensive process aimed at finding out the truth and protecting people's rights but said it should not be carried out by members of the public engaging in what they believed to be justice.
The Taoyuan government said the Cihu Memorial Sculpture Park, which contains various bronze status of Chiang, will remain open Wednesday despite the incident earlier in the day.