Su reiterates DPP's 3 demands to President Ma
By Katherine Wei, The China Post
March 21, 2014, 12:02 am TWN
TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Chairman Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) yesterday reiterated the party's three major demands with regard to the "hastily-passed" Cross-Strait Trade in Services Agreement, stressing that the party had not fueled the student activists embroiled in the protests.
Su made the remarks in the DPP's international press conference.
Students and activists protesting against the packaged passage of the trade in services pact broke through the gates of the Legislative Yuan and have possessed the main building since Tuesday night, with more gathering to block the police from evacuating the protesters.
The protests began voluntarily, said Su, who called for the government not to underestimate the students' ideals.
Su had issued an order for DPP members to protect the students at the protest sites and to lend support in shifts on Wednesday.
"The DPP does not oppose the signing of the pact, but on the condition that the pact is equal to both sides of the strait. The people have decided to take over the Legislative Yuan because the government went against the standard passage procedures and violated the previous cross-party negotiations," said Su. "The DPP will be issuing an ultimatum to the government. First of all, President Ma Ying-jeou should apologize to the people immediately and affirm that similar mistakes will be avoided; secondly, the pact will be sent to the Legislature for deliberation; thirdly, (the government) is not to send police troops to oppress the students."
"If the police show signs of oppressing the students, the DPP will be surrounding the Legislative Yuan tomorrow (today)," Su warned.
The DPP has prepared its own counter-version of the cross-strait pact, said Su. "We have kept the original articles that are beneficial for Taiwan, but the clauses that are less so should be re-negotiated. Keep the good and revise the negative; our attitude is clear. Democracy does not mean asking people to do what you wish," Su pointed out.
"If Ma would admit that he's wrong and apologize, allowing the pact to be reviewed by the Legislature ... this is a procedure we would be glad to see."
The Student Activists' Demands
Student activists declared yesterday that the government should "reject" the Cross-Strait Trade in Services Agreement and restart negotiations, saying that Ma, Premier Jiang Yi-huah (江宜樺) and Legislative Yuan Speaker Wang Jin-pyng (王金平) should face the issue.
If the Legislative Yuan fails to respond to the people, the protesters would not rule out the possibility of "paralyzing" the Executive Yuan or the Presidential Office buildings, said a student leader.