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Student activists depart Legislative Yuan

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- The occupation of the Legislative Yuan drew to an end yesterday as student-led activists filed out of the Legislature and passed out sunflowers to the cheering crowds, vowing to spread the movement throughout Taiwan.

Three days after their announcement that they would end their occupation of the Legislature, students were seen cleaning and making repairs around the Assembly Hall. Several volunteer repairmen assisted the students in restoring the furniture.

Before leaving the Assembly Hall at 6:00 p.m., the student protesters announced that their departure did not mean that they were giving up on their beliefs and their demands of the government, saying that the demonstrations against the Cross-Strait Trade in Services Agreement would spread throughout Taiwan.

Students read out people's opinions gathered from citizen's forums held on April 5, pointing out that over 1,000 people had participated in a judgment of the supervisory law slated to be passed to strengthen oversight of cross-strait pacts.

Divided into 51 groups, the participants and the activist leaders sorted the opinions into six major demands of cross-strait agreements: that the scale of citizen participation should be elevated; conference information should be transparent to all; national security, human rights values and disadvantaged groups should be defended; the Legislature should be granted actual power to deliberate the specifics of pacts; pre-signing talks should be equal on both sides and Taiwan's sovereign rights should be defended.

The students also replaced the Legislature's gavel on Speaker Wang Jin-pyng's regular seat, despite rumors that the protesters had lost it. “The Assembly Hall is now returned to the 'people's Legislature,'” student representatives announced.

Keep These Days in Mind: Chen

Student activist leader Chen Wei-ting (陳為廷) stated that the movement was not yet a success, but neither had it failed. “Although there are issues regarding the alleged 'heroism' of the strategy team, we are open to all criticism and hope that we will be able to provide better answers in future movements,” said Chen.

“To the students inside and outside the Assembly Hall: if the day comes when we become the adults students are protesting against, let us not forget these very important 24 days in our lives. The future is still a great battle to be fought ... I hope we can all embrace one another when victory is ours and when the movement ends,” Chen remarked.

“It is a difficult decision, and one that called for immense courage, for us to leave the Assembly Hall. The expectations, responsibilities and pressure will not lessen with our departure, but this does not mean we are abandoning our beliefs,” said fellow student leader Lin Fei-fan (林飛帆). “We arrived with our ideals and now, we leave loaded with responsibilities.”

Sunflowers Passed Out

After leaving the Assembly Hall, student activists passed out sunflowers to the waiting crowds around the Legislature, asking people to continue passing the flowers around and encouraging their fellow demonstrators not to give up. Student leaders and civilian volunteers were also invited to speak about their experiences and thoughts on the 24-day occupation. Many students announced that they will protest once more if the government does not stay true to its word.

Voices rose in song to mark the end of the occupation. Local rock band Fire Extinguisher's song — written for the sunflower movement — was sung twice by demonstrators, some of whom expressed a reluctance to leave.

April 11, 2014    edann77@
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April 11, 2014    edann77@
The Lord of the Flies by William Folding.

One of many reasons why I have many doubts.
April 11, 2014    a_chiang_32@
I find it disgusting that so many people in Taiwan say "F your mother" so frequently...as we've heard so much during the recent protests....It is actually pretty sad to see women cheering (or not feeling somewhat offended) when the three Taiwanese words are spoken in public?
April 11, 2014    carltanong@
Chen Wei-ting (陳為廷), don't make your speech too arrogantly and become the hero on the night of 410 from your departure in LY..

You intentionally using with false, mistaken view, opinion, and attitude of the American people "Occupy Wall Street" to deceive the mind.of the people of Taiwan, to brainwash and encourage the people of Taiwan to create bloodshed, chaos and dead for your own benefit and for your DPP green croc's political gain. That is why the DPP green croc's have the free access to gain entry and exit inside the LY.,

_The American protesters have no Political Party figure that gain free entry and exit inside the Zuccotti Park.
_The American protesters did NOT use violent to occupy their own American congress to hold hostages of the entire populace to make demand.
_The American protesters did not even shouted President Obama to resign because the protester respect the majority will that Obama was voted by the majority..
_The American protesters did NOT disfigure the statue and mess up the portrait of their National Father and hero.
_etc....

That is the DIFFERENCES between the civilize protester from America and the uncivilized protesters from Taiwan.

By the way, that big mouth LIN FEI FAN chicken out from the LY. Didn't his speech say he will stand and guard the LY occupation to stand to the last man inside the LY?

Funny event can happen. Lin was safe by DPP green croc's Ker and his buddy Wang sudden appearance.
April 11, 2014    yanloiwong@
carltanong@ wrote:
Chen Wei-ting (陳為廷), don't make your speech too arrogantly and become the hero on the night of 410 from your departure in LY..

You intentionally using with false, mistaken view, opinion, and attitude of the American people "Occupy Wall Street" to deceive the mind.of the people of Taiwan, to brainwash and encourage the people of Taiwan to create bloodshed, chaos and dead for your own benefit and for your DPP green croc's political gain. That is why the DPP green croc's have the free access to gain entry and exit inside the LY.,

_The American protesters have no Political Party figure that gain free entry and exit inside the Zuccotti Park.
_The American protesters did NOT use violent to occupy their own American congress to hold hostages of the entire populace to make demand.
_The American protesters did not even shouted President Obama to resign because the protester respect the majority will that Obama was voted by the majority..
_The American protesters did NOT disfigure the statue and mess up the portrait of their National Father and hero.
_etc....

That is the DIFFERENCES between the civilize protester from America and the uncivilized protesters from Taiwan.

By the way, that big mouth LIN FEI FAN chicken out from the LY. Didn't his speech say he will stand and guard the LY occupation to stand to the last man inside the LY?

Funny event can happen. Lin was safe by DPP green croc's Ker and his buddy Wang sudden appearance.
I love your comment.
April 12, 2014    normanytlim@
carltanong@ wrote:
Chen Wei-ting (陳為廷), don't make your speech too arrogantly and become the hero on the night of 410 from your departure in LY..

You intentionally using with false, mistaken view, opinion, and attitude of the American people "Occupy Wall Street" to deceive the mind.of the people of Taiwan, to brainwash and encourage the people of Taiwan to create bloodshed, chaos and dead for your own benefit and for your DPP green croc's political gain. That is why the DPP green croc's have the free access to gain entry and exit inside the LY.,

_The American protesters have no Political Party figure that gain free entry and exit inside the Zuccotti Park.
_The American protesters did NOT use violent to occupy their own American congress to hold hostages of the entire populace to make demand.
_The American protesters did not even shouted President Obama to resign because the protester respect the majority will that Obama was voted by the majority..
_The American protesters did NOT disfigure the statue and mess up the portrait of their National Father and hero.
_etc....

That is the DIFFERENCES between the civilize protester from America and the uncivilized protesters from Taiwan.

By the way, that big mouth LIN FEI FAN chicken out from the LY. Didn't his speech say he will stand and guard the LY occupation to stand to the last man inside the LY?

Funny event can happen. Lin was safe by DPP green croc's Ker and his buddy Wang sudden appearance.
The American protesters will not shout to President Obama if he does the same as our Ma-guy. They will shoot him down like what they did to two Kennedy brothers, and tried on Reagan.

Even before the public can do anything, the American Congress and Senate would have hung the president in Times Square.

By the way, please don't pretend to be an American.
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