Taiwan Church News
April 11 – 17, 2016
Commemorating Nylon Cheng, Tsai Ing-wen Promises A National Freedom Of Speech Day
Reported by Lin Yi-yin
On April 7, a day Taiwan people commemorates Mr Nylon Cheng’s self-immolating for free speech 27 years ago, the semi-President Ms Tsai Ing-wen promises to set up this day as a national freedom of speech day.
“I hope next year’s April 7, when I stand here again, all Taiwanese people can remember this day not just as a day remembering freedom martyr of Nylon Cheng but also a national freedom of speech day!”, says Tsai.
Tsai remarks in straight, “Pursuing fairness and justice doesn’t need too much political bargain or calculation, the most imprtant is to act in courage!” Tsai says, if there were no such inspiring legacy left by these democratic predecessors like Nylon Cheng, there is no chance for DPP to win the 2016 election.
Interviewed by media, Ms Yeh Chyu-lan, widow of Nylon Cheng, reminds that freedom of speech is so fragile that it needs our diligent protection to save it from any authoritarian clamp again. She is very glad to learn from Ms tsai Ing-wen that the new government will set up April 7 as a national freedom of speech day.
Prof Yau Li-ming, a famous political commentator, affirms the contribution of Nylon’s sacrifice for Taiwan’s freedom of speech. Just like the death of Jesus brings a new life to other people, the martyrdom of Nylon Cheng makes Taiwan live again, says Yau.
Translated by Peter Wolfe