A New Day

A page was turned in this island's history this weekend when the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall acquired a new name.

The images in the banners recall the Wild Lily student movement of 1990, a pro-democracy rally in which tens of thousands of students gathered at the square and demanded reforms.

Though partisan wrangling continues, the name change transcends the expediencies of the moment. The choice offered by the symbolism is plain: will this society give pride of place to democracy or authoritarian rule?

Taiwan's people have made their choice. There is no turning back.


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