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Activists set conditions to Ma dialogue

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- The Presidential Office yesterday reached out to student activists occupying the Legislative Yuan to set up a meeting between President Ma Ying-jeou and one of their representatives.

The president is willing to invite a representative of the student activists to the Presidential Office in order to communicate and find a way to restore order to the Legislature, Presidential Office spokeswoman Garfie Li (李佳霏) said.

On March 18, student activists stormed the Legislature and seized control of its main chamber in an attempt to prevent lawmakers from voting on the controversial Cross-Strait Trade in Services Agreement. By the following day, thousands of protesters had surrounded the complex.

The Legislature's Assembly Hall has been incapacitated, affecting parliamentary procedures, Li pointed out, adding that the president is willing to invite a student representative to the Presidential Office to discuss the cross-strait service trade pact.

Different sectors of society have different opinions on the pact, but the administration has always maintained an open attitude and a willingness to communicate, Li quoted the president as saying.

Despite the fact that people tried to storm the Executive Yuan on March 23, the president still hopes to communicate with the protesters on the principles of democracy and rationality, Li added.

Legislative Yuan Speaker Wang Jin-pyng (王金平) has been arranging cross-caucus negotiations, and the president respects the legislature's autonomy, but for the sake of national stability, the president and the executive has been actively seeking different solutions in order to bring closure to the controversy and restore order to the Legislature, aiming to fulfill the expectations of the nation's majority, the spokeswoman said.

March 26, 2014    kingsolomon@
Remember the ECFA? Let us ask those who strongly opposed the ECFA on their fanatical views now. They can strengthen their stand against this agreement by citing their criticisms against ECFA then, because this is the same group behind this chaos now, (they are using and hiding behind the students to get sympathy from the unenlightened public). Maybe their arguments against ECFA will backfire, that is why they avoid mentioning the ECFA now.
March 26, 2014    lightcrusaderjr@
Sometimes, the public should realize when power has gotten into the heads of protesters. It seems that the current student protesters have no real objective other than to oust President Ma. They earlier declared that they are willing to meet with the President without pre-condition. Now, it appears that they have obstructionist conditions. They should realize that they are not elected representatives of the people of Taiwan. Their only legitimate objective should have been to get the proper process in the legislature observed by all the interested parties. To achieve this end, the DPP and the other opposition parties should also allow the proper process to flow, instead of childishly behaving in the floor of the parliament.
March 26, 2014    carltanong@
The DPP green croc's used the Legislative Yuan Assembly Hall for their violent venue and destroy public property.

Now, the drunkard student activists used the LY AH for their own beer pub and destroying public property.

Outside the Legislative Yuan, the heavy DPP green croc's were all sitting outside cheering the drunkard students activist, Wang Dan and Wu'er kaisi to earn credit for their own DPP popularism for the upcoming election.

The silent majority are watching all of u croc's, Specially u Miss Tsai. Prepare for your HARD NEXT SHOT 2016. Your Sunflower Movement will never last long like your thousand piggy bank that fool the young children saving.
March 26, 2014    lilychh@
TVBS poll26/3:

The poll is a total rejection of Ma's position on the CSSTA: 63% now support withdrawal and new negotiations with China vs.18% opposing that. Further, 51% support LY occupation (+3% since last week), 38% oppose it (-2%). Furthermore most people don't agree with EY occupation (58% vs. 30%). But they also oppose the methods used by the police to clear the EY of students (56% vs. 35%).

Where is the "silent majority" some commentators write about?
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A news van is seen covered with Post-it Notes at the protest site surrounding the Legislative Yuan, yesterday. The demonstrators plastered the vehicles of TV news stations with complaints that certain media outlets were responsible for false or exaggerated reports concerning the protests. (CNA)



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