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Taiwan president Tsai Ing-wen apologises to Aboriginals

AFP | DECCAN CHRONICLE
Published Aug 2, 2016, 12:53 am IST
Updated Aug 2, 2016, 7:08 am IST
Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen greets representatives, dressed in traditional clothing. (Photo:  AFP)
 Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen greets representatives, dressed in traditional clothing. (Photo: AFP)

Taipei: Wearing traditional dress from feather headdresses to loincloths, members of Taiwan’s indigenous community met President Tsai Ing-wen on Monday as she made a landmark apology for centuries of suffering, including the loss of ancestral lands.

Tsai, the island’s first leader with aboriginal heritage, will personally head a committee to investigate past injustices as part of government efforts to ease tensions with the native community. “I apologise to the indigenous people on behalf of the government, offering our deepest apology for the suffering and injustice you endured over the past 400 years,” she said in her speech.    

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