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Stone Battalion Optoelectronics protest 01 "important World War II military sites, unexpectedly destroyed to make optoelectronics? The local government angrily controlled the Pingtung county government to escort, seriously injuring historical assets

Published: 2024-02-23 Author: mysheen
Last Updated: 2024/02/23, Stone Battalion Optoelectronics protest 01 "important World War II military sites, unexpectedly destroyed to make optoelectronics? The local government angrily controlled the Pingtung county government to escort, seriously injuring historical assets

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The Fangliao Stone Camp Fortress in Pingtung is a military site of the Japanese army in World War II to prevent allied landings. In September last year, there was a dispute over optoelectronic development and destruction of the site. Cultural conservationists bitterly criticized that after the outbreak of controversy in this case, the Pingtung County government failed to designate the site of the case as a proposed monument in accordance with the "Cultural Resources Law" and ordered the operators to stop work, but to connive at the continued construction of the site, and the Pingtung County government could not absolve itself of the blame for the destruction of such a valuable site.

The owner of this case is Shengli Energy, a subsidiary of Xingyao Energy. Xingyao Energy was originally the solar energy division of Youda Optoelectronics and was created by Fubon Financial Holdings and Taiwan Life Insurance under CITIC Gold. Literary professionals point out angrily that the Pingtung county government and developers are stalling for time, and the manufacturers have declared that work has been suspended, and the first phase of the actual crime scene has almost been completed. If the second and third phases of development are not stopped in time, it will cause literary catastrophe.

Chiang Yuehui, a member of the local Pingtung District, lambasted Youda Optoelectronics and Xingyao Energy for using the money of investors and policy holders to "start a mountain to grow electricity and destroy cultural capital." she has no sense of corporate social responsibility at all, and she will join relevant groups and launch a consumer campaign. boycott Youda Optoelectronics, Fubon, CITIC and other related enterprises.

Overlooking from the commanding heights of the Shitouying fortress, over the past half a year, the optoelectronic case site has not only not stopped work for review, but the first phase of optoelectronic laying is almost completed. (photo / Lin Jiyang) the Stone Camp is a Japanese fortress, witnessing the history of Taiwan's World War II.

The "Stone Camp" is located on the north side of Qianliao Township. Its name comes from the barracks stationed by officers and soldiers in the Qing Dynasty. After the Mudan Society incident, the Stone Camp was the starting point of the ancient immersion camp opened up by the Qing government to strengthen its management in the east.

At the end of World War II, the Japanese army was defeated. In order to gain a springboard to attack the Japanese mainland, the allies cut off Taiwan's food supply and the umbilical cord of Nanyang resources, drew up a "road plan" and planned to land in Taiwan from Kuomiao. The Japanese army mobilized a large number of troops to prevent the landing of the allied forces, and the garrison force of the whole island once reached more than 200,000. According to the records in the literature, the 50th division of the Japanese army was ordered to move to Guanliao and urgently constructed fortifications in Yuliao. Because of its proximity to the stone battalion, the fortress got its name.

The stone battalion fortress built by the Japanese army covers an area of 103 hectares, with 36 machine gun fortresses and 10 artillery positions, covered with dense tunnels, witnessing Taiwan's experience of the Japanese army's strategy of "island-wide fortification." like Iwo Jima, Saipan, and Peliliu, it was a key role in the historical stage of World War II.

Cultural groups advocate that the natural environment around the stone camp fortress is part of the cultural landscape, and if only the bunker position is surrounded by optoelectronics, the war sites will also lose their value. (photo / Lin Jiyang) Lin Xiuyao, a retired intelligence officer, became an underground explorer, and the sleeping fortress came to light again.

After World War II, the national army took over the stone battalion fortress. During the Cold War, the fortress became a national army base again. Then experienced democratization, the situation between the two sides of the strait eased, the national army will be dismantled in 2005, and the stone camp fortress was forgotten after a change in history.

In the summer of 2016, Lin Xianxuan, a military researcher born in Neipu Hakka, reexplored the stone camp fortress amid a stretch of grass. As the various positions in the fortress are connected by tunnels and are in disrepair, the underground tunnels have collapsed in many places, which is dangerous to a certain extent.

Actually walking into the inner tunnel of the fortress, the air is thin and dusty, so you have to bend over to avoid hitting the rocks. bats fly around the cave from time to time, turn left and right in the tunnel, and you may get lost if you are not careful. Piling in the vicinity of the photopower plant makes people even more worried about the collapse of the tunnel, trembling with fear at every step.

The underground tunnels of the Shitouying fortress are connected to each other, just like an underground labyrinth, which is quite dangerous without guidance. (photography / Lin Jiyang)

Lin Xuan-Yao could not extricate himself from falling into the stone camp. As soon as he had time, he drove south from Taipei to explore alone. Without resources, he studied it for as long as four years, and knew exactly what was inside the fortress. Ask him why he insists? He said, "it seems that fate has long been doomed, and the stone camp seems to have predicted that it will be doomed. He called on me to help the outside world understand the importance of the stone camp."

Lin Xuan revealed that perhaps it was the retired military intuition of the captain's intelligence officer that when he explored between tunnels and positions, it was like going to the battlefield, and the shock of the historical scene made him "like time travel back to the 1944 Pacific War."

Through the documents of the Japanese army and the atlas received by the national army, Lin Xiuyao saw Taiwan's important position in the history of the Pacific War and pieced together a complete picture of the history of the stone camp step by step. He came up with the defense plan recorded by the Japanese staff: "in response to the fact that the allies were about to land at Hengliao, 28000 officers and men of the entire regiment leaned against Dawu Mountain and overlooked the Pingtung Plain. After the war began, the division had to resist for more than a year, so the mountain was used to dig fortifications in the face of foreseeable naval guns and air strikes."

"the natural landscape and thorn bamboo forests around the fortress are all cover deliberately planted by the Japanese army, and they are also part of the overall landscape. After the development of the surrounding environment, what is the point of leaving only steel and concrete bunkers?" Lin Xuanyao argued for many times according to reason, demanding a complete shutdown, but there was no specific response from the county government, and the manufacturers continued to develop within half a year. In this regard, he said sadly, "this is the real history. If it is destroyed, how can we face the next generation?"

 
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