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DPP to fight until the end in protest at Legislature: Su

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Chairman Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) announced yesterday that the party is prepared to "fight until the end" in regards to the protests at the Legislative Yuan.

Protesters, mostly college students, broke through the gates of the Legislative Yuan and occupied the Assembly Hall on Tuesday night in protest of the passage of the Cross-Strait Trade in Services Agreement.

The protests allegedly began when DPP lawmakers, including Kuan Bi-ling (管碧玲), began fasting outside the Legislative Yuan on Tuesday.

Su said that the DPP will be dispatching members to take turns in supporting the protesters at the Legislative Yuan, and called for people to file demands for a clause-by-clause review.

DPP spokesman Lin Chun-hsien (林俊憲) said that the party will elevate the pressure on the government if the Ma administration still refuses their demands. Lin called on the president, saying that he should not misjudge the gravity of the current situation or underestimate the students, the people or the DPP's determination to protect Taiwan's democracy.

DPP members provided food and water for the protesters in addition to offering help to the students and protecting them from possible mishaps, said Lin. "The chairman hopes the protests can be carried out peacefully and rationally," Lin stressed.

DPP caucus whip Gao Jyh-peng (高志鵬) noted that the party members will be "standing sentry" at the Legislative Yuan's four gateways to continue their protection of the students.

One of the protest organizers stated that they will stand their ground until March 21.

Su Asks Wang to Calm Police

After police left the protest site yesterday, Su called on Legislative Yuan Speaker Wang Jin-pyng (王金平) to keep the police calm and reiterated that a formal review of the pact was crucial, said DPP caucus whip Ker Chien-ming (柯建銘).

The police tried to force protesters out of the Legislative Yuan around 3:30 a.m. yesterday, but to no avail. Su also relayed the situation inside and outside the Legislative Yuan, adding that Wang should remove the police from the area and that the police should refrain from taking violent measures. "I have asked the chairman to tell Wang to inform President Ma Ying-jeou of the student activists' demands and that the president should apologize," said Ker.

TSU Holding Protest around Presidential Residence

As the students continue to protest at the Legislative Yuan, several Taiwan Solidarity Union members and students attempted to climb the walls of Ma's residence in Taipei last night.

The intruders were also armed with paint and sprayed protest slogans on the walls until stopped by the patrolling police. Four were arrested and the paint was removed from the walls.

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