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Demonstrators demand Ma to face them at noon

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- As the demonstration staged at the Legislative Yuan entered its third day, student activist Chen Wei-ting (陳為廷) yesterday morning held a press conference in the Assembly Hall, demanding President Ma Ying-jeou to face and talk with protesters before noon today.

Chen said if Ma fails to respond to demonstrators, then they will take further actions. Chen also invited Legislative Yuan Speaker Wang Jin-pyng (王金平) to come to the Assembly Hall at noon to visit the “peaceful and reasonable” student activists.

Student activists raised three demands, including requesting Wang to “handle” Kuomintang lawmaker Chang Ching-chung's (張慶忠) actions on March 17 regarding of the Cross-Strait Trade in Services Agreement.

Protesters also demanded that the government “reject” the service trade pact and demanded the Legislative Yuan to complete the legislation for the draft Bill on Pacts between Taiwan and China — a draft bill proposed by the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) to supervise the government on signing agreements with China.

Protesters further noted that before the draft bill is completed, no negotiations with China over the Cross-Strait Trade in Goods Agreement should be held.

Chen said he will announce the protesters' further actions in the Legislative Yuan should Ma or Wang fail to reply to their demands by 12 p.m. sharp.

The student activists called the demonstration the “Sunflower Student Movement,” a metaphor emphasizing light and sunshine in contrast to the “non-transparent” cross-strait service pact. Many flower shops sent thousands of sunflowers to the activists to support the demonstration. According to media reports, students from over 62 universities cross Taiwan have participated in the demonstration.

Chen yesterday morning delivered a speech to the demonstrators in the Assembly Hall, saying that sympathetic demonstrations have begun in various places across the nation. He said that as far as he knows, over 10 college professors have announced that they will encourage their students to participate in the movement and hold classes about democracy on the streets in support of the demonstration in the Legislature.

“Because this is our fight, this belongs to our future,” Chen said.

The Legislative Yuan last evening issued notices to ruling party and opposition lawmakers, announcing that the Yuan Sittings on March 21 and 25 will be suspended for unspecified reasons.

A source in the Legislative Yuan was quoted by the Central News Agency as saying that 70 to 80 percent of the lawmakers' chairs, voting machines and computers as well as the machinery room of the Assembly Hall were damaged by demonstrators, noting that it will take at least a month to repair all the damage.

The source said there are at least eight operational surveillance cameras in the Assembly Hall, noting that every action taken by protesters has been recorded. The source further said that prosecutors have already started to investigate the case, adding that soon the Legislative Yuan will be requested to offer camera footage as evidence.

March 21, 2014    kingsolomon@
"the students invited Wang to the PEACEFUL......", yes it is a very peaceful, (but destructive) demonstration. Breaking and entering is the DPP's "peaceful" description of broken glass, furniture and things in the premises of the building. Emboldened by the DPP'S assurance that the students will not get indicted and serve time for destroying government properties and injuring police officers they can even burn down the whole building, because the justice system is in the hands of the DPP. Chaos and destruction and the blame game is the exclusive trademark of the DPP.
March 21, 2014    Upwell @
It's a sad thing. It's not only sad it's pathetic. Not only that it's treacherous. For anyone who is a citizen to demean its country national symbol, the national flag by turning it upside down simply because he or she has a quarrel with the elected leader is simply inexcusable. No wonder we see disrespect of law and order within the homes, society and country as a whole. Attacking the national flag only reveals to the world the true character of these people. Vote the leaders you don't like out of office if you can. But for sake of sheer decency leave the national symbols alone. Remember that flag will outlive you and each of us for a long long time to come. I have no political affiliation lest you that I am taking sides.
March 21, 2014    cjz0323@
I'm wondering about why those "students" are so worried about their jobs will be occupied by Mainlanders?
Why do you so lack of confidence?
If you can't beat/contend with people from China, how you beat/contend with people from other countries?
Not to mention that most of the information are wrong.
March 21, 2014    cjz0323@
Upwell @ wrote:
It's a sad thing. It's not only sad it's pathetic. Not only that it's treacherous. For anyone who is a citizen to demean its country national symbol, the national flag by turning it upside down simply because he or she has a quarrel with the elected leader is simply inexcusable. No wonder we see disrespect of law and order within the homes, society and country as a whole. Attacking the national flag only reveals to the world the true character of these people. Vote the leaders you don't like out of office if you can. But for sake of sheer decency leave the national symbols alone. Remember that flag will outlive you and each of us for a long long time to come. I have no political affiliation lest you that I am taking sides.
I believe most of students don't know the details of the service trade pack. Some students joined the demonstration because of fun or fashion. Some may be incited by other political parties. They don't real know about the meaning of national flag and the true meaning of freedom.
So sad about their behaviors.
March 21, 2014    edann77@
I do not want to see Taiwan's democratic rule be replaced by a civilian dictatorship. This is about the DPP trying desperately to stay relevant. Their political platform is becoming irrelevant unless changed.

On the other hand, the KMT needs to be more sensitive and proactive in their political decisions. Listen and communicate. Own and direct the message.
March 22, 2014    ludahai_twn@
You all have a very short memory. Don't you remember the behavior of the Chinese KMT following the 2004 elections? This is downright peaceful and respectful compared to that!
March 22, 2014    flyjet_21@
This is a sign of Taiwan's democratic ethos. Did the KMT really think they could hood-wink the people by trying to slip this agreement through the backdoor??? The full contents of this agreement continue to be hidden from the people of Taiwan and the government has reneged on its review process of this agreement. This is a peaceful demonstration. The police's actions by wanting to storm the building are inflammatory and it is they who will be accountable. These brave young activists speak for many hundreds and thousands of people in Taiwan.
March 22, 2014    piawliangjohny@
That's a crazy idea burning National Flag that person should be punished and put in jail for being disrespectful and all those demonstrations who ruining the building should one by one should be put in jail. The whole world is watching. China is smiling seeing those demonstrators ruining the building, write dirty words what kind of peaceful demonstrations they are saying... People watch those demonstrators ruining the property. I don't care what party they are but this behavior is unacceptable.. one by one put them in jail... let them sleep in jail.
March 22, 2014    terplaw@
Arise my fellow Taiwanese...this is a call to arms! Fight back against the corrupt KMT and the tyrannical Ma Ying Jeou! We need to take back our country's sovereignty, democracy, and independence. Don't give up! The country has got your backs.
March 26, 2014    eddy@
ludahai_twn@ wrote:
You all have a very short memory. Don't you remember the behavior of the Chinese KMT following the 2004 elections? This is downright peaceful and respectful compared to that!
That doesn't make this right.....
March 26, 2014    eddy@
terplaw@ wrote:
Arise my fellow Taiwanese...this is a call to arms! Fight back against the corrupt KMT and the tyrannical Ma Ying Jeou! We need to take back our country's sovereignty, democracy, and independence. Don't give up! The country has got your backs.
A bunch of little brats running around like wild animals isn't going to do crap..... If the voice of the Taiwanese people is to be heard, we need to unionize and collectively bargain....
March 26, 2014    jseesus1@
terplaw@ wrote:
Arise my fellow Taiwanese...this is a call to arms! Fight back against the corrupt KMT and the tyrannical Ma Ying Jeou! We need to take back our country's sovereignty, democracy, and independence. Don't give up! The country has got your backs.
Still dreaming from your long slumber... eh.. Or too much alcohol on your system.. One of the trade marks of a DPP supporter.... war freak...
March 28, 2014    zoechn@
"I believe most of students don't know the details of the service trade pack…." (March 21). DO YOU?

"On the other hand, the KMT needs to be more sensitive and proactive in their political decisions. Listen and communicate. Own and direct the message." (March 21) haha… hahahaha.. hahaHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

"A bunch of little brats running around like wild animals isn't going to do crap…" (March 26)… WHO ENJOY THE SUPPORT OF OVER 50% (LATEST 'BLUE' TVBS POLL) OF THE POPULATION.
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