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Sunflower leaders protest TAO official's visit

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Sunflower movement student leaders Lin Fei-fan (林飛帆) and Chen Wei-ting (陳為廷) yesterday led dozens of people to protest outside the Novotel near Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport against the meeting between Director of the Taiwan Affairs Office (TAO) Zhang Zhijun and Chairman of Taiwan's Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) Wang Yu-chi.

Zhang, as China's most senior official ever to visit Taiwan, arrived on Wednesday to start his four-day trip. Zhang met up with Wang inside the Novotel yesterday afternoon, and over 100 protestors occupied three different exits of the hotel but they were kept from entering by police.

Lin, Chen and other protestors held red cards and yelled out “red card for the meeting of Wang and Zhang” and “complete the legislation for the cross-strait agreement supervisory act before negotiating” outside of the hotel during the meeting yesterday.

Meanwhile, based on the Facebook page of Democracy Tautin, members of the group and the Democratic Front Against the Cross-Strait Trade in Services Agreement stayed in Novotel on Tuesday night, preparing to protest against the meeting of Wang and Zhang on Wednesday.

However, on Wednesday morning, Democracy Tautin said that a group of people in black who claimed to be customer service agents of the hotel broke into the rooms, which triggered an argument.

Democracy Tautin said that the police did not give any reasons for why they broke into their hotel rooms, and police even claimed that their actions were legal which was a lie to cover up their use of violence.

According to Democracy Tautin, they will work harder to stop the government from using inappropriate violent actions and protect Taiwan's future of freedom and democracy.

Official Response to the Incident

Aviation Police Bureau (APB) yesterday said that the hotel manager and security guards were the people who attempted to break into the rooms to ask the guests who refused to register their names to leave.

According to the APB, there were police officers who happened to be at the scene when the security officers of the hotel attempted to enter the hotel rooms by force, so the officers took action to collect evidence, which led to the misunderstanding that police officers intended to break into the rooms.

The two previously met in China's eastern city of Nanjing in February in the first government-to-government talks since Taiwan and the mainland split 65 years ago after a brutal civil war.

Wednesday's visit marks the most senior-level talks between the two sides to take place in Taiwan.

According to Wang, the TAO delegation will meet with his council to discuss the development of cross-strait ties, economic cooperation, regional economic integration and progress on establishing reciprocal representative offices.

June 26, 2014    Mordrake@
Why don't the so called "Sunflower Movement" leaders just call themselves "DPP Student Leaders". At least it would be a bit more honest.
June 27, 2014    piawliangjohny@
What’s the protest about???? I can't understand those student what are their real purpose make mess..... I thought they are bright students...what's their problem... don't they want Taiwan to be recognized as a peaceful country and abiding citizen???? They humiliate the whole people of Taiwan just to make a show... what do we call them sunflower group or GANGSTER???? WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE...
July 1, 2014    cloggedwithguts@
piawliangjohny@ wrote:
What’s the protest about???? I can't understand those student what are their real purpose make mess..... I thought they are bright students...what's their problem... don't they want Taiwan to be recognized as a peaceful country and abiding citizen???? They humiliate the whole people of Taiwan just to make a show... what do we call them sunflower group or GANGSTER???? WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE...
They are not students, but rather professional protesters under DPP's payroll...
July 1, 2014    arthuryeh@
Mordrake, Forgive me, but I and my family we also belong to your "whole people of Taiwan" and the people you like to call "gangsters" do not humiliate us, they make us proud to be called Chinese living on Taiwan. Is it possible you are not talking for the "whole people of Taiwan"? Is it maybe possible you miss something about the "people of Taiwan"?
July 2, 2014    johnny.brian@
These young protesters are only good in Taiwan, which may soon become DPP. Perhaps, these young protesters were watching too much TV during their youth where good protester as DPP won electoral votes, just for their own benefits. Not good for Taiwanese people. Interesting would be if any DPP goes to China to have private talk with leaders of Communist Party.
July 3, 2014    annie@
@johnny.brian: In the best case, you confuse "DPP" with "KMT" in what you wrote above! In the worst case, you know nothing about Taiwan politics.
July 15, 2014    johnny.brian@
annie@ wrote:
@johnny.brian: In the best case, you confuse "DPP" with "KMT" in what you wrote above! In the worst case, you know nothing about Taiwan politics.
I am not confused between DPP and KMT nor color blind. The young protesters used similar tactics as DPP. In days to come, the worst case scenario is they will become DPP.
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Sunflower movement student leader Lin Fei-fan (林飛帆), front, leads a group of people in protest outside Novotel near Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport, yesterday. (CNA)

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