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Protesters to amass on Ketagalan Blvd.

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Student activist leaders Lin Fei-fan (林飛帆) and Chen Wei-ting (陳為廷) yesterday called for citizens and students protesting against the controversial Cross-Strait Trade in Services Agreement to join an extended demonstration to be held on Ketagelan Boulevard on Sunday.

The students have occupied the Legislative Yuan for over 10 days in a protest over the manner in which Kuomintang (KMT) lawmaker Chang Ching-chung (張慶忠) passed the pact and later submitted it to the Yuan Sitting.

“If the government thinks we will be discouraged and simply depart for home, if it continues to hide and ignore us, it is very much mistaken,” were Lin's opening words.

Along with the support of several citizen groups, including Citizen 1985, and the Democratic Front Against Cross-Strait Trade in Services Agreement, the students encouraged the protesters to take to the streets on March 30.

The protests will start on Ketagelan Boulevard at 1 p.m., with the goal of gathering enough people to fill the section of Zhongshan South Road running from the Legislative Yuan to the Presidential Office.

“There will be no time limit on ending this. Even though we will be returning to the Legislative Yuan around 7 p.m. on Sunday, the fight will only end when the Ma administration surrenders,” said Lin.

The activists continue to hold fast to their four requests of the government. “We still call upon the Ma administration to withdraw the agreement, establish a legal supervisory system of cross-strait pacts, hold a conference with citizen representatives and that a supervisory system be passed before the pact is reviewed,” said Lin.

Chen reiterated the students' change of heart regarding President Ma Ying-jeou's invitation of a meeting with one of the student representatives. “We had originally issued a friendly response to the presidential office, but it was before the cross-caucus negotiations failed to reach a conclusion. The result sheds light on the fact that Ma is still controlling the KMT legislators in secret,” said Chen, who also spoke of the “violent conflicts” between riot police and unarmed protesters at the Executive Yuan last Sunday.

“These 10 days have been hard and grueling for many who wait, rain or shine, only to receive the government's irresponsible response ... we will not allow the blood and tears to be shed in vain,” said Chen.

No Protest Application

“We will not be surrounding the Presidential Office,” Lin clarified in the press conference when local reporters inquired about Sunday's plan. However, the students also stated frankly that they had not applied for the right to use Ketagelan Boulevard as a demonstration site, believing that “there was no such option.” They had simply notified the nearest police station, the city's Zhongzheng First Precinct.

“We will win this war yet,” Lin insisted.

March 28, 2014    SneakyBunny@
If you want to write laws, get a majority elected. That's what elected people do. They write laws.
March 28, 2014    kingsolomon@
These "students" who think that they are economic experts and have the right to dictate to elected officials who are the representative of the silent, law abiding majority. these "students" and their sponsors can not produce a better alternative for this trade agreement are dictating to the representative of the silent, law abiding majority to scrap this pact. They want Taiwan to be isolated and become an economic disaster. They don't even realize that Korea is far ahead of Taiwan in its trade agreements with the world. These "student" backers (DPP) should show Taiwan its economic accomplishments during their eight years in power.
March 28, 2014    carltanong@
Student activist leaders Lin Fei-fan (林飛帆) and Chen Wei-ting (陳為廷) perhaps both were inflicted with bipolar disorders consuming alcohol with drugs leading them to do the unthinkable by storming the Legislative Yuan, Executive Yuan and now going to Ketagelan Boulevard under the blessing of the loser DPP green croc's.

Both Lin and Chen under the blessing of the loser DPP green croc's disregarded that the Cross-Strait Trade in Services Agreement will have a great impact of advantage to R.O.China rather than the other side.

By establishing bases in mainland China, Taiwan's businesses will have the opportunity to go global.

But the problem is the loser DPP green croc's just use their one black eye and keep on protesting whatever the government are doing their best for the good of our country and people since ECFA.

Using violent to occupy the Legislative Yuan to Executive Yuan. Now calling the baby green croc's to Ketagelan Boulevard for assemble. Are they trying to use violent again to trigger more serious violent than the 228 and 319? That is what the ggc TING KUI wanted for.

Lets wait and see the next episode of "tai wan ren de be ai" under the producer ggc TING KUI will produce.

By the way, my Taiwanese friend tells me the last venue of violent and disturbances perhaps will be held in Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Park. Something will be build under the guidance of DPP green croc's with architect Wang Dan and Wu'er kaisi assisting them.
March 28, 2014    yanloiwong@
carltanong@ wrote:
Student activist leaders Lin Fei-fan (林飛帆) and Chen Wei-ting (陳為廷) perhaps both were inflicted with bipolar disorders consuming alcohol with drugs leading them to do the unthinkable by storming the Legislative Yuan, Executive Yuan and now going to Ketagelan Boulevard under the blessing of the loser DPP green croc's.

Both Lin and Chen under the blessing of the loser DPP green croc's disregarded that the Cross-Strait Trade in Services Agreement will have a great impact of advantage to R.O.China rather than the other side.

By establishing bases in mainland China, Taiwan's businesses will have the opportunity to go global.

But the problem is the loser DPP green croc's just use their one black eye and keep on protesting whatever the government are doing their best for the good of our country and people since ECFA.

Using violent to occupy the Legislative Yuan to Executive Yuan. Now calling the baby green croc's to Ketagelan Boulevard for assemble. Are they trying to use violent again to trigger more serious violent than the 228 and 319? That is what the ggc TING KUI wanted for.

Lets wait and see the next episode of "tai wan ren de be ai" under the producer ggc TING KUI will produce.

By the way, my Taiwanese friend tells me the last venue of violent and disturbances perhaps will be held in Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Park. Something will be build under the guidance of DPP green croc's with architect Wang Dan and Wu'er kaisi assisting them.
good comments
March 28, 2014    yanloiwong@
kingsolomon@ wrote:
These "students" who think that they are economic experts and have the right to dictate to elected officials who are the representative of the silent, law abiding majority. these "students" and their sponsors can not produce a better alternative for this trade agreement are dictating to the representative of the silent, law abiding majority to scrap this pact. They want Taiwan to be isolated and become an economic disaster. They don't even realize that Korea is far ahead of Taiwan in its trade agreements with the world. These "student" backers (DPP) should show Taiwan its economic accomplishments during their eight years in power.
good comments
March 29, 2014    naiyuko@
kingsolomon@ wrote:
These "students" who think that they are economic experts and have the right to dictate to elected officials who are the representative of the silent, law abiding majority. these "students" and their sponsors can not produce a better alternative for this trade agreement are dictating to the representative of the silent, law abiding majority to scrap this pact. They want Taiwan to be isolated and become an economic disaster. They don't even realize that Korea is far ahead of Taiwan in its trade agreements with the world. These "student" backers (DPP) should show Taiwan its economic accomplishments during their eight years in power.
Students are not economic experts, I agree. However, they are the generation that have been taught what true democracy means, and true democracy means trade pacts that affect the whole country should take longer than 30 seconds to be passed.

The 'law abiding majority' are silent for two reasons:

1) The media is twisting the truth regarding the students' motives, making them sound like rioters backed by the opposition party DPP, where in fact they are there to show the present government that democracy should not be compromised.

2) The older generation lived through white terror and political massacres, so they are afraid of the repercussions of defying the government.

As for 'economic disaster', Taiwan will be in a worse economic crisis once the pact has gone through, because it will become overly dependent on China. And when China has taken all it can from Taiwan, it will just desert the place we call home.
March 29, 2014    kandi_ko@
I applaud the student activists and every single citizen that is showing support for this movement. It shows that they truly care for this island, and also they are aware of what democracy means.

To the people brainwashed by mainstream media into thinking that these students are rioters, I urge you to think hard. These students represent the highly educated population of Taiwan. What reason could they possible have to abandon the comfort of their homes and take to the streets? I know if it were me, only something that threatens the future comfort of my home.
March 31, 2014    gothic@
King Solomon died because he could not control his perverted lust...
April 1, 2014    canolaoil@
We’re in the current situation because the Ma Ying-jeou administration has shown that it is unwilling to negotiate honestly with members of society.

If the government cannot be relied upon to resolve local crises with fairness and due process, how can it be trusted with negotiations on a far-reaching trade deal with an authoritarian government that seeks to swallow Taiwan whole and that has a long tradition of using clientelism to achieve its political objectives?
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