Traffic controls to be imposed for activist’s 100th birthday bash

A cyclist makes his way across the Ketagalan Boulevard in this undated file photo. Traffic control measures will be in place on Ketagalan Boulevard on Sunday for a celebration of the 100th birthday of Taiwan independence movement pioneer Su Beng (史明). (Courtesy of Google MAP/NOWnews)

TAIPEI (CNA) — Traffic control measures will be in place on Ketagalan Boulevard on Sunday for a celebration of the 100th birthday of Taiwan independence movement pioneer Su Beng (史明), the Zhongzheng First Precinct said in a statement Saturday.

Starting at midnight Saturday, police officers will be stationed on Ketagalan Boulevard in the area between Zhongshan South Road and Gongyuan Road to make sure that cars passing through the area slow down and follow traffic signals, the precinct said.

These controls, which will not affect the flow of cars on the two roads, are being put in place because of the big turnout expected for Su Beng’s 100th birthday party, which will be held on the grounds of the Taipei Guest House along Ketagalan Boulevard.

Su Beng, the pseudonym of political activist Shih Chao-hui (施朝暉), is a famous political figure in Taiwan and widely regarded as the pioneer of the Taiwan independence movement.

He was born on Nov. 9, 1918, but will turn 100 based on how age is calculated in Taiwan.

Su Beng fled the country in 1952 after the “Taiwan Independence Armed Corps,” which he founded, was discovered to be plotting the assassination of Chiang Kai-shek, only to be allowed to return to Taiwan four decades later in 1993.

Throughout his life, Su Beng has published multiple works and publicly spoken out about his ideas for Taiwan independence as well as the history of Taiwan so that people realize, through an understanding of history, the importance of Taiwan’s democracy and autonomy.

The celebration, which will start at 2:30 p.m. and end around 10:40 p.m., is intended to commemorate Su Beng and raise awareness of the Taiwan independence movement, which remains important to him to this day. 

By Liu Chien-pang, Fan Cheng-hsiang and Kuan-lin Liu