Taiwan independence advocate, church reverend dies at 90

16-Feb-2019 Intellasia | Focus Taiwan | 6:00 AM Print This Post

Taiwan independence advocate and a minister of the Presbyterian Church in Taiwan ( PERCENT) Kao Chun-ming died Thursday at the age of 90, according to PERCENT general secretary Lyim Hong-tiong.

A native of Tainan, Kao remained a vocal supporter of human rights activists during Taiwan’s martial law period and the cause of Taiwan Independence until late in life.

In 1979, he helped pro-democracy activist Shih Ming-teh, who later became chair of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), escape arrest during the Kaohsiung Incident, a protest that was brutally cracked down on by the government of late President Chiang Ching-kuo.

Kao was subsequently arrested in 1980 and sentenced to 7 years in prison.

According to the PERCENT, he served as the church’s general secretary from 1970-1989.

The reverend was one of the highest-profile participants in Taiwan’s democratisation movement and independence campaign throughout his life.

On Thursday, Lyim texted a message to PERCENT members vowing to continue Kao’s mission of “making Taiwan a new and independent nation.”

President Tsai Ing-wen was saddened to learn of Kao’s passing, saying his death was a great loss for Taiwan, Presidential Office Spokesperson Xavier Chang said in a statement.

Kao devoted his entire life to the issue of Taiwan’s sovereignty, DPP lawmaker Hsiao Bi-khim said.

His perseverance touched the hearts of many people in Taiwan, she added.



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