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Apr 7, 2007

Fire sparks mud slinging

A fire this morning at the Grass Mountain Chateau (草山行館), a former residence of Chiang Kai-shek (蔣介石) on Yang-ming Mountain (陽明山), caught fire early this morning.

Considering the political debate going on now about "de-Chiangize" (去蔣化), some people suspect a political motivation for the fire.

Police have said the fire is unusual and probably have leads they aren't announcing.

Taipei mayor Hau Long-bin (郝龍斌) said that he will not rule out any possibility, considering the sensitive time the fire has come at. Legislator John H. Chiang (蔣孝嚴), who is Chiang Kai-shek's illegitimate son, not only expressed his "outrage" at the incident, but also said the root cause of the fire was obviously "de-Chiangize" campaign.

The DPP for it's part mostly marveled at the imagination of the KMT. But I think they'll be wrong on this one. At the same time, it's obviously not their fault and not a result of the "de-Chiangize" campaign. It's a result of some people hating Chiang Kai-shek for being a dictator.

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