President Tsai pays tribute to the victims of the war against the Japanese invasion of Taiwan in 1895

Taipei, July 2 (CNA) President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) said on Saturday that people who fought against the Japanese invasion of Taiwan in 1895 were martyrs for a national cause and their spirit should be upheld. alive protecting the nation.

Tsai was speaking at a ceremony in Taoyuan to commemorate the 127th anniversary of the Yi-Wei War, which marked the start of the 50-year resistance to Japanese colonial rule in Taiwan.

Taiwan is indebted to those who sacrificed their lives to protect their homeland, Tsai said at the ceremony, in which 14,000 roses were laid in a memorial park honoring resistance fighters.

These 1895 fighters were martyrs for a national cause, and their memories should be kept sacred outward by today’s citizens who stand up to protect their nation, Tsai said.

The insurgents were mainly Hakka volunteers, who had formed militias in Taoyuan, Hsinchu and Miaoli during the five-month resistance that recorded more than 14,000 casualties.

The Yi-Wei War, named after the lunar calendar year 1895, was the largest conflict in Taiwan’s history resisting an invasion, Tsai said.

All of Taiwan’s ethnic groups provided logistical support to the frontline Hakka militia, in a united effort to protect their homeland, she said.

The Yi-Wei War commemoration, which the descendants of the fighters attended on Saturday, is a reminder of the importance of national unity against an invasion, Tsai said.

(By Yeh-chen and Shih Hsiu-chuan)

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