DPP lawmaker reveals discovery of KMT's past surveillance of her

07/25/2020 10:26 PM
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Fan Yun/CNA file photo
Fan Yun/CNA file photo

Taipei, July 25 (CNA) Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Legislator Fan Yun (范雲) on Saturday disclosed that she had recently found out she had been a target of the Kuomintang (KMT) government in the early 90s, just a few years after martial law ended in Taiwan.

In a Facebook post, Fan said she learned about it when the Transitional Justice Commission invited her to view an archive of more than 1,000 of secret surveillance files against her.

Fan was one of the leaders of the pro-democracy Wild Lily student movement in 1990. Initiated by university students, the Wild Lily protests called for direct presidential elections and the establishment of a new National Assembly, among other democratic reforms.

"The government was on my case for more than eight years, from January 1990 to August 1998," Fan wrote, adding that some of her peers at National Taiwan University (NTU) were paid to act as informers.

"Their aim was to collect enough evidence to charge me with disrupting social order and campus peace," she said.

At the time, Fan said, the KMT had its fingers in NTU affairs, and both the school and the party were working against her.

She vowed to continue to write about her past experiences so that people will not forget Taiwan's dark history.

(By Wang Yang-yu and Ko Lin)

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