“When the government brings darkness, it is up to the citizens to light the way."
On July 13th, 2013, Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defense blatantly disregarded human rights, brashly handling the death of conscript, Hung Chung-chiu. In response, an outraged netizen soon posted a manifesto on PTT, Taiwan’s most influential bulletin board system, hoping to draw 50 protesters for a 10-minute demonstration.
Soon, the call for justice rallied 39 strangers around the nation and through their efforts, the original declaration continued to garner tremendous support in the following weeks. On July 20, 2013, an estimated of 30,000 protesters assembled under such banners as “Citizen’s Call" and “We March for Truth, Human Rights, and Hung Chung-chiu" held a peaceful demonstration outside the Ministry of National Defense building. 250,000 citizens bravely marched onto the streets in a subsequent rally on August 3, shaking the very foundation of the 16-year-old military laws governing the armed forces of Taiwan.
Under the night sky, a silver cross formed by the crowd gathered at the front of the presidential palace reflected the citizenry spirit that transcends political differences, awaking freedom, justice, and human rights that have long lain dormant in the nation. A conscious citizenry is exactly the most critical force needed to push Taiwan through the modern era.
“If there is one injustice, we shall fight it, whenever, wherever."– Citizen in White, Blossom Everywhere