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500,000 rally at Presidential Office: protesters

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Hundreds of thousands of student-led protesters dressed in black gathered along Ketagalan Boulevard in front of the Presidential Office in a protest over President Ma Ying-jeou and the Cross-Strait Trade in Services Agreement.

Student activist Lin Fei-fan (林飛帆) claimed over 500,000 people attended the rally, while protesters outside of the Legislative Yuan claimed that they numbered over 700,000 people. The National Police Agency (NPA), however, estimated the number of protesters to be 116,000.

During the rally, thousands of people shouted “reject the Cross-Strait Trade in Services Agreement, defend democracy,” and “legislate the bill first then deliberate the agreement.”

The Rally is a Start: Lin

While addressing the crowds at Ketagalan Boulevard, Lin said the demonstration yesterday was not an end but a start, noting that people should exchange contact information with the person standing next to them and arrange working rosters so people can take turn to go to the Legislative Yuan.

Lin said the reason why the protesters occupied the Legislative Yuan was because the administration has lost its legitimacy.

Lin reiterated the protesters' four demands of the Ma administration, which are rejection of the Cross-Strait Trade in Services Agreement, introduction of the Bill on Pacts between Taiwan and China — a draft bill proposed to supervise the signing of agreements with China — urging the government to hold a “public constitutional meeting,” and demanding all lawmakers listen and stand by people's side.

The rally has been seen as a protest of Ma's press conference on Saturday, where Ma made remarks that protesters described as an “off-the-point” response to their demands.

On Saturday, Ma said that the government cannot retract the agreement. He said, however, that the ruling party is willing to review the agreement article-by-article in cross-committee deliberations at the Legislative Yuan.

The student activists said Ma failed to understand their demands despite their almost two weeks of protests.

Around 4:20 p.m., Lin's co-leader Chen Wei-ting (陳為廷) arrived at the Presidential Office from the Legislative Yuan. Chen said that Ma has not responded to the protester's “core” demands at all.

March 31, 2014    taiwanindependencenow@
This just further proves that the people of Taiwan don't want any chinks in our country. Time to cleanse them all!! LONG LIVE TAIWAN!! LONG LIVE DEMOCRACY!! LONG LIVE THE EMPIRE OF JAPAN!! LONG LIVE THE DEMOCRATIC PROGRESSIVE PARTY!! LONG LIVE THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA!!
March 31, 2014    carltanong@
The Black Shirt rally and demonstration 330 lead by Lin Fei-fan and Chen Wei-ting are pointless and insignificant, their speeches in the stage were all slogan and hatred with unreasonable demand thrown against President Ma and to split the KMT, all were being endorsed from the loser DPP green croc's.

Lin and Chen ask yourselves......
Why all CONTINENT have already interacted businesses with P.R.O.China? Can u two bright boys enlighten all the 23 M Taiwanese the negative side of the agreement? But the silent majority don't need to be enlighten from u, because we the silent majority understand the benefit of the Cross-Strait Trade in Services Agreement for our future generation. So next time, just say the minority because we majority are not in your side to be fool from your overacting tear.. Don't shame us.

You have exaggerated that 500K join your rally. Even if u count the rotten son of corrupt CSB Atty Chen Chih Chung and wife who join u. The number will not pass 120k.mark.

Lin Fei-fan and Chen Wei-ting, a friendly advice to u.
_Clean up the mess u have done that belong to the whole Chinese National Father Dr. Sun Yet Sen portrait inside the Legislative Yuan Assembly Hall.
_Respect yourself by respecting our National Father Dr Sun Yet Sen

Both of u can stay inside the Legislative Yuan as long as u live. And don't worry. The DPP green croc's will supply u with foods and beverage. But for how long, I don't know.

Enjoy your stay and stay as u promise. If both OF U left the LY then u are just stray dogs of the DPP green croc's.

Anyway the government can find other venue to do business.
March 31, 2014    kingsolomon@
The noisy and violent minority is DEMANDING that the silent peace loving majority kneel down before them, because they are the experts in running the government, when in fact, all their expertise and talents lies in rabble rousing and organizing protests and rallies to create chaos and sow fear to the whole population. The people know who the real puppeteers are, who are behind these "students". People should never vote them into office, because they fit only on the streets and sidewalks of Taiwan. They are, and forever will be street parliamentarians, because it is ingrained in their personality since they formed their party from the very beginning. They are forever addicted to this mindset. They can't and will never change. they love holding office on sidewalks and on public places where they disrupt the people's activities forcing their ideology down the throats of the people who are trying to make a descent living. Remember those eight years they were holding the reigns of the government, they were still making rallies, protests and demonstrations. They are experts in organizing and inciting the gullible and the naive population into their mindset and to oppose everything for the sake of opposing and creating chaos, violence and destruction.
March 31, 2014    junego@
There are ONLY 3 names popping up here EVERY time opposing the students: Carltanong (taBUnong), Kingsolomon, and once upon a time Mr. Big Joe Hung. Could they be one and the same?
March 31, 2014    eddy@
At this point it's just getting ridiculous... the large majority of these so-called protesters don't even know what is going on. They're mostly there for a stroll in the nice weather to socialize with other people, and perhaps get some free food on the side. As for the students, they get a great deal because they get to skip classes. Does this head count also include the merchants who are just there to make some money?
April 1, 2014    taipeir2001@
500,000 people...biggest protest in Taiwan's history...it's time to take it seriously!
April 2, 2014    ludahai_twn@
The more the KMT and its followers deny the demands and feelings of the people, the anger at their party continues to grow. They will already lose Taichung in November and could very well lose Changhua. Do they wish to lose more with this attitude?
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Hundreds of thousands of student-led protesters gather around the Presidential Office building in protest of President Ma Ying-jeou and the Cross-Strait Trade in Services Agreement, yesterday. The demonstrators said over 500,000 protesters attended the mass rally. (CNA/The China Post photo)



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