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1,000 protesters swarm police precinct

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Nearly 1,000 demonstrators gathered in front of the Zhongzheng First Precinct of the Taipei City Police Department last night, protesting the department's decision to drive the remaining protesters out of the Legislative Yuan compound.

While student protesters left the Legislature's Assembly Hall yesterday morning, members of the Referendum Alliance (公投護台灣聯盟) opted to stay outside the Legislature. At 7 a.m., officers of the Zhongzheng First Precinct began to disperse the protesters using "soft measures." The police lifted protesters away from the scene, without applying any hard force. No injuries were reported

Referendum Alliance leader Tsai Ting-kuei (蔡丁貴), however, burst onto a nearby road in order to vent his dissatisfaction. He collided with a motorcycle and required medical attention.

Zhongzheng First Precinct Police Chief Fang Yang-ning (方仰寧) said the police removed the protesters in order to ensure the resumption of the Legislature, after sessions had been held up for weeks as a consequence of student protesters' occupation. Fang also pointed out that Tsai was injured as a result of his arbitrary action.

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