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Protest leader says lawmakers should pay for damage to LY

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- In a brazen statement Thursday, the leader of the students occupying the Legislative Yuan said that any damages caused by their protest should come out of lawmakers' pockets as atonement for disappointing the Taiwanese people.

Lin Fei-fan said that he and other students decided to occupy the Legislature and bring parliamentary activity to a halt because the system was already broken by lawmakers.

Lin, whose protest movement grew out of anger with the way the trade-in services pact with China was fast-tracked through the Legislature, led as many as 200 students and demonstrators to occupy the main legislative chamber on March 18.

Their 10 day occupation has caused damage to the chairs, microphones and even some valuable paintings, Legislature administrators have said, though the exact amount of damages cannot yet be confirmed.

The day before the students stormed into the Legislatures, lawmakers engaged in a brawl over the services pact during which the ruling Kuomintang (KMT) sidestepped an item-by item review to push the pact straight to a floor vote.

Both the KMT and its main rival party, the Democratic Progressive Party, have regularly engaged in obstructive delay tactics and fist-fights to stall legislation they oppose.

The student leader later claimed that he was only joking.

March 28, 2014    kingsolomon@
These "students" should wake up from their dream. They don't represent the voice of the majority who are silent and law abiding citizens and good taxpayers. This "leader" expects the people’s taxes to be spent for what these violent protesters have destroyed. Trying to justify one's illegal actions is not a very smart thing, in fact it shows one to be just an opportunist (creating destruction and blaming someone for the illegal act that they had done, and telling those that were not involve to pay up). There is something very wrong with this reasoning, maybe a professional psychiatrist should be consulted.
March 29, 2014    ludahai_twn@
kingsolomon@ wrote:
These "students" should wake up from their dream. They don't represent the voice of the majority who are silent and law abiding citizens and good taxpayers. This "leader" expects the people’s taxes to be spent for what these violent protesters have destroyed. Trying to justify one's illegal actions is not a very smart thing, in fact it shows one to be just an opportunist (creating destruction and blaming someone for the illegal act that they had done, and telling those that were not involve to pay up). There is something very wrong with this reasoning, maybe a professional psychiatrist should be consulted.
Actually, they do according to every poll that has been taken on this. They enjoy widespread support. Their approval rating is far higher than Ma's and, by in large, their behavior is actually better than that of the legislators when they are in the chamber.
March 29, 2014    anotherdog58@
They do present the majority of the people who supports a rework of the contract. The majority of the people also do not support this backroom contract acceptance of the KMT legislators.
There surely will be a contract and due to this activity it will be a better contract for all people in Taiwan.
March 30, 2014    ganyuehan@
I think it's incredible how 厚臉皮 the students are. They're the ones who caused all the damage. Even if they have a valid point about the trade pact, it still doesn't give them the right to vandalize property. Furthermore, if the "lawmakers" pay for it, it will ultimately come out of the taxpayers' pockets.
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