타이완의 야당인 국민당을 지지하는 수천명의 지지자들은 31일 수도 타이페이에서 장개석 전 총통을 지지하고, 그의 역사적인 위업을 경시하는  여당에 반대하는 시위를 벌였습니다.

장개석 총통은 60여년 전 국공내전에서 공산당에 패한 후 중국 본토에서 건너와 거의 30여년동안 타이완을 강권통치했습니다.

장개석 총통의 역사적 역할에 대해서는  논란이 많지만, 타이완의 여당인 민주진보당은 그의 유산을 재평가하려고 하고 있습니다.

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Thousands of supporters of Taiwan's opposition Nationalist Party rallied today (Saturday) in the capital of Taipei to show their support for former President Chiang Kai-shek -- and oppose plans by the ruling party to downplay his historic legacy.

Mr. Chiang fled to Taiwan from China nearly 60 years ago after being defeated in a civil war and ruled the island with a firm grip for nearly three decades.

His historic role is controversial, and the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) wants to rectify that legacy.

The DPP has removed his name from public places and his statutes from military bases. Now, it wants to rename a massive memorial in the capital (Taipei's Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall) and tear down its surrounding walls.

Supporters say the plan is a waste of taxpayer dollars, and argue that Mr. Chiang's
contributions outweigh his mistakes.