TAIPEI, Taiwan — Nearly 60,000 people attended rallies and memorial services in Taiwan on Saturday to mark the 40th anniversary of riots in which native Taiwanese protested the rule of Nationalists from mainland China.
Large numbers of police were deployed in the capital of Taipei and in the cities of Kaohsiung, Fengyuan, Ilan and Taichung, but no violence was reported. The Taipei rally drew about 17,000. Gatherings in the other four cities each attracted about 10,000 people.
David Chiang, leader of the opposition Democratic Progressive Party, told 1,000 people at a church service in Taipei that the government should finally publicize what happened 40 years ago and pay compensation to the families.
It is not known how many people died during the riots on Feb. 28, 1947, and the subsequent Nationalist crackdown. Political dissidents have quoted witnesses as saying anywhere from a few thousand to 100,000 people were killed.