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Hau lauds protesters' decision to vacate Legislature, Taipei City to 'facilitate' departure

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Taipei Mayor Hau Lung-bin (郝龍斌) acknowledged the rational and peaceful conclusion to the student protest yesterday, while encouraging people to learn from the recent movement.

During the press session following his attendance of the opening of the 10th Taipei City Parent-Child Center in Nangang, Hau recognized the announcement that the student's departure from the Legislature would happen later today, praising the thoughtfulness expressed during the announcement.

Hau also reiterated his position that the general public ought to trust elected officials and let legislators perform their duties properly in reviewing bills now and in the future after the Legislative Yuan is restored to its proper function.

At the same time, he hopes that the Legislature can soon resolve issues surrounding not only the cross-strait agreement supervisory act and the Cross-strait Trade in Services Agreement, but also the core civic bills that directly affect the rights of the people as well.

Though the leadership of the Sunflower Movement announced that the students would begin their departure from the Legislative Yuan at 6 p.m. today, a group of students has expressed their desire to "hold the fort" outside of the Assembly Hall. In response, Hau said that both the National Police Agency (警政署) and the Taipei City Police Department (臺北市警察局) will try their best to handle the situation as peacefully as possible should problems arise.

Hau went on to appeal to the students who might potentially remain at the Legislature, stating that residents in the area around the Legislative Yuan have been very tolerant, patient and understanding toward the students and the protest, and since the student leaders have announced the conclusion of the occupation, the remaining students should also clear the area so as to return peace to the residents.

During the Taipei City Government Municipal Conference on Tuesday, Hau also requested the Taipei City Police Department, Department of Environmental Protection (環保局), Department of Health (衛生局) and the Department of Transportation (交通局) collaboratively facilitate the departure to ensure order, peace and the cleanliness of nearby facilities are returned.

Taipei City Government spokesman Chang Chi-chiang (張其強) also stated that police will be stationed in the area today and expressed a wish that protesters from other groups would leave with the students. The various Taipei City departments will also conduct proper cleaning and upkeep on the roads after the premise has been evacuated.

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