President praises Taiwan's democracy in exhibition hall opening – Focus Taiwan News Channel
Taichung, Oct. 31 (CNA) President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) praised Taiwan’s hard-earned democratic way of life on Sunday at the opening ceremony of an exhibition hall in the central city of Taichung that showcases the nation’s democratic development.
Speaking during the opening of the “Democratic Moments Hall (民主時刻館),” which used to be the Taiwan Provincial Assembly Building, Tsai said the renovated building is now a venue that exhibits key moments of the nation’s democratic movement.
The building used to be one of the most important legislative agencies of Taiwan, according to the president, adding that it will now serve as a site to pass down the nation’s history of democracy to future generations.
In her address, Tsai also said Taiwan’s staunch support of democratic values despite the ongoing COVID-19 global pandemic has earned the nation international support.
She called on people in Taiwan to continue to further the democracy in the country so that future generations of Taiwanese will continue to enjoy freedom.
The Democratic Moments Hall is divided into six different exhibition areas which display documents, photos, and artifacts that record or represent major democratic developments in Taiwan since China’s Qing Dynasty.
The hall is located within the Legislative Yuan’s Democratic Discussion Park in Taichung’s Wufeng District. The park used to be called the Taiwan Provincial Assembly Memorial Park.
Tsai on Sunday also toured an exhibition about the 100-year history of petitions in Taiwan, staged in the same park.
According to the Legislative Yuan, the exhibition is meant to enable visitors to understand the history of a campaign launched by Lin Hsien-tang (林獻堂), an advocator of Taiwanese autonomy during the Japanese colonial era, in 1921, which called for Japan to allow Taiwan to establish its own representative assembly.
From 1921, Lin made a total of 15 petitions in a span of 14 years to the Japanese government, leading to the first election to be held on the island in 1935 during the Japanese colonial era.
The exhibition will be moved to the Legislative Yuan compound in Taipei on Nov. 1.
(By Chao Li-yen, Wang Cheng-chung and Joseph Yeh)