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Police evict activists from Executive Yuan

Riot police began evicting protesters from the Executive Yuan building last night after it was occupied in protest of Premier Jiang Yi-huah (江宜樺) and President Ma Ying-jeou's (馬英九) "off-the-point" responses to the student activists' demands.

At roughly 8:00 p.m. yesterday, a large group of students ambushed the Executive Yuan, which is merely a short walk away from the Legislative Yuan — the headquarters of the ongoing "Sunflower Movement." The protesters rammed through the barbed-wire barricades surrounding the Executive Yuan and clambered over the walls, making a dash for the main building as policemen put up a fight to keep them out.

As a fierce struggle ensued, the students were heard chanting in unison for fellow protesters to "sit down! sit down!" while others made their way into the building from a back entrance.

According to local media outlets, at least four or five students were scratched from climbing over the barricades, and eight rushed to nearby National Taiwan University Hospital, including one electrical injury case who had allegedly received a shock when breaking into the generator room.

Some of the protesters broke windows at the back of the building and climbed through them to the second floor with the help of a ladder. Protesters have successfully broken into the premier's office.

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