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Wang to 'handle' Legislature damages

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Both ruling and opposition party caucuses yesterday claimed that Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng (王金平) will be paying for the damage caused by the student activists that occupied the Legislature for three weeks.

The student activists announced on Monday their planned date to leave the Assembly Hall as April 10, a decision made after Wang paid a visit to the students on Sunday and promised not to hold cross-caucus negotiations concerning the Cross-Strait Trade in Services Agreement before a law supervising all pacts with China is passed.

Wang called for caucus officials from both the ruling Kuomintang (KMT) and the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) to meet and discuss the Legislature's next steps yesterday morning. KMT Legislator Fai Hrong-tai (費鴻泰) — who had previously declared that Wang "betrayed the KMT" in his promise to the students — noted that the issue of the damages was brought up in the meeting, and the speaker said he would be taking responsibility.

DPP caucus convener Ker Chien-ming (柯建銘) said that Wang had asked the lawmakers to ease their worries, saying he would handle the compensation issues. The compensation is a minor issue, said Ker. "The students had spent days living on the streets and in the Legislature. Over 500,000 people took to the streets in protest against the pact and to protect Taiwan. Isn't it ridiculous how people are still discussing having the students pay for the damage?" Ker asked.

The Legislature's general affairs staff entered the Assembly Hall yesterday to inspect the damages made and to evaluate the repair fees due. Calculations will be determined after the students leave the Legislature, the head of the General Affairs Department said.

The department also declined an offer by public volunteers to assist in the repair work of the Legislature after citizens launched campaigns to gather carpenters and plumbers to help the students restore the Assembly Hall.

April 9, 2014    kingsolomon@
This is democracy Taiwan version where the minority dictates and threatens the majority. The laurel and hardy tandem (wang and ker) is putting up a show for the people to be entertained and distract their attention to the fact that there were crimes committed on this circus that they have created. Breaking and entering, theft, vandalism and destruction of property not to mention injuring persons in authority and disrupting the functions of government. They want the crimes to be forgotten by dismissing and alluding that the crimes committed are not important and irrelevant. they want anarchy to be the norm in taiwan. The people should vote them to office if they want this kind of anarchy and dictatorship to rule over them.
April 9, 2014    jeremylin@
Solomon, you BORE US TO DEATH with your repetitive talk.
China Post, this is freedom of nonsense rather than speech, only appreciated by communist (not even pro-blue/pro-Ma like myself) hardcore supporters. Edit please!
April 9, 2014    legerweck@
Seems to me what most Taiwanese want is good governance, not opaque deals between the KMT and the country that is literally holding a gun to their head. That's why his favorability rating is at an all time low - in the single digits. The students understand Ma is handing Taiwan over to China, and that is also why the majority of Taiwanese support them. As any sovereign people would.
April 9, 2014    legerweck@
What these students and all Taiwanese want is good and transparent governance; not opaque agreements between a political party, that is the KMT and Ma, and a country that has a gun literally pointed at Taiwan's head. That is why, in part, Ma's favorability rating is at an all time low. He and the party refuse to be transparent inclusive and recognizing of the requirement for consensus, especially when it comes to a pact which will put Taiwan into the crushing embrace of the dictatorship in Beijing.
April 10, 2014    carltabunong@
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