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Wang remarks at legislature receive optimistic feedback

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Taipei mayor Hau Lung-bin (郝龍斌) and Taichung mayor Jason Hu (胡志強) were among many voices that gave a positive feedback to Legislative Yuan Speaker Wang Jin-pyng's (王金平) promise to the student-led demonstrators at the legislature yesterday.

Previously calling for the demonstrators to "communicate rationally" and to "calm down," Hau noted that both mayors hoped for the legislature to restart as soon as possible. "If (Wang's promise) to have the cross-strait service trade pact deliberated after a supervisory law is passed will eventually dissolve the disputes, we are glad to see this through," said Hau.

Hu added that the protests should respect the legislature and hoped for them to end earlier.

Chinese Buddhist monk Hsing Yun (星雲法師) and former presidential advisor Rex How (郝明義) too joined many in calling for the students occupying the Legislative Yuan to retreat and go back to school.

How — who had openly supported the students' protest against the passage of the Cross-strait Trade in Services Agreement and even resigned from his position in protest to the "government's violation of democracy" — stated that now is the time to make an honorable retreat from the legislative siege.

"Now is the time to consider making an honorable, successful shift to the bigger chamber of society instead of limiting yourselves to just the chamber of the Legislative Yuan," said How, although stating that he would respect the students' ultimate decision.

His call came during a press conference aimed not at opposing the protesters but showing support for them while at the same time urging a timely end to the occupation movement.

Also at the press conference was film director Ko Yi-cheng, who said he has been moved by the student protest, praising demonstrators for bringing public attention to important issues but also saying that he felt it was time they withdrew from the Legislature.

Terry Gou, chairman of the Hon Hai Group, praised Wang of his wisdom in handling the students' demands yesterday. Openly supportive of the pact, Gou had previously canceled a plan of visiting the students after failing to reach an agreement with them over his planned appearance at the Legislative Yuan's Assembly Hall.

Student Movement an Internal Strife: Monk

Hsing Yun pointed out that, contrary to the students beliefs of participating in student movements or social movements, they were instead caught in an internal strife among the demonstrators. Hsing Yun made the remarks in a press conference with media from Hong Kong.

"The students should go back to school…they are lost in their own 'understandings,' finding fault with all the others and thinking of themselves as on the 'right' side," said the monk.

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