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Police disperse holdout protesters as Legislature gets back to work

TAIPEI--Police dispersed dozens of remaining protesters Friday morning as lawmakers prepared to attend the Legislative Yuan's first plenary meeting in more than three weeks.

The protesters stayed in the square in front of the main legislative chamber overnight after most of the student-led occupation movement against a service trade agreement with Beijing ended late Thursday.

After repeated warnings, the police began their dispersal around 7 a.m., taking some people away after handcuffing them.

In the background, workers continued to work on restoring the appearance of the nation's parliament, including hanging back a plaque over the main entrance to the legislature that was taken down on March 18, when the students stormed into the compound and began their 24-day occupation.

When lawmakers return to the floor, the first order of the day will be to refer two matters to the committees: the various drafts of a proposed legislation on tightening oversight of agreements with China and the nomination of Yen Da-ho as the next state general prosecutor.

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Former professor of National Taiwan University Tsai Ting-guei is cared for by paramedics in front of the Legislative Yuan, yesterday. Tsai ran in front of cars when the police tried to evict him and his fellow protesters at the front gates of the Legislative Yuan, yesterday.

(CNA)

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