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Sunflower activists voluntarily head to prosecutors' office

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Sunflower Student Movement representatives Lin Fei-fan (林飛帆), Chen Wei-ting (陳為廷) and five others yesterday went to the Taipei District Prosecutors Office to answer questions regarding their involvement in the March 18 Legislative Yuan occupation and the March 23 Executive Yuan intrusion.

Wellington Ku (顧立雄), the representatives' attorney, said that he will enter a plea of not guilty on behalf of his clients.

The Taipei City Police Department originally planned to question Lin and 20 others at 4 p.m. yesterday; however, Lin, Chen and five others arrived at the prosecutors' office instead in the company of Ku at roughly 1:30 p.m. in order to answer questions regarding the Legislative Yuan occupation and the attempted occupation of the Executive Yuan complex.

Ku said that his clients will not accept police questioning, and that they decided to explain their involvement in the demonstrations to prosecutors instead.

Questioning lasted roughly one hour, after which all seven left the prosecutors office.

Prosecutors have been assigned to investigate Lin, Chen and others over obstruction of justice charges.

The Taipei District Prosecutors Office confirmed that the seven were questioned as defendants, adding that if their statements reveal unlawful acts other than those they are charged with, they will be seen as voluntarily turning themselves in.

Ku said that his clients are willing to cooperate with prosecutors in their investigations, and that they do not intend to shirk away from their legal responsibilities.

The seven took part in the student movement on the basis of civil disobedience and their constitutional rights, Ku said, adding that if others are summoned for questioning by police, they can contact the Judicial Reform Foundation for legal assistance.

When asked if his clients had “turned themselves in” by visiting prosecutors on their own initiative and whether or not they had requested reduced punishments, Ku said that it would be beneficial to the defendants if prosecutors interpret their visit as an instance of the activists turning themselves in; however, the attorneys' basic stance is to enter a not guilty plea.

On March 18, student activists stormed the Legislature and took over the Assembly Hall — the location in which plenary sessions are held — in order to prevent lawmakers from voting on the controversial Cross-Strait Trade in Services Agreement. Afterward, thousands of like-minded protesters surrounded the Legislative Yuan complex and staged a sit-in that lasted for weeks.

On March 23, student activists broke into the Executive Yuan complex in order to expand their demonstration. They were forcibly removed, leading to accusations of police brutality.

April 22, 2014    Mordrake@
Let's think about what these students did. They took over a country's parliament. In any other country, that would be considered a Coup d'etat. Was it democratic? Of course it was NOT. Wake up everyone! Just because the corruption loving DPP tell you the opinion polls are on their side, you don't have to believe them. Remember, most of them still believe A-Bian is innocent, and to this day refuse to condemn him.

What would be the perfect pretext for a Chinese invasion? A Coup d'etat perhaps? All it would take is a few extra agitators joining the students, and the first sight of a weapon could be the spark that lights the tinderbox. Yet Lin & Chen saunter to the prosecutors’ office as if there are 'no flies on them'. Any other country, and they would be accused of treason.

The majority Taiwan people are simply too nice, too benevolent. But tolerance must have its limits. The deep greens are already showing all the hallmarks of Mao's red guards.
April 22, 2014    armyboy@
It is an act or rebellion, why tolerate such act? Are we grooming these students to become rebels/terrorist? They should be grateful for having the peace and order in this country as compared to the displaced countries elsewhere. They are worried of their future, who's not? They complained about starting salary of NT$22K, are they worth more than that? With the kind of behavior they are showing, I don't think even 10K will not be available in the future if they keep acting that way. WAKE UP STUDENTS.
April 22, 2014    ccu@
Mordrake@ wrote:
Let's think about what these students did. They took over a country's parliament. In any other country, that would be considered a Coup d'etat. Was it democratic? Of course it was NOT. Wake up everyone! Just because the corruption loving DPP tell you the opinion polls are on their side, you don't have to believe them. Remember, most of them still believe A-Bian is innocent, and to this day refuse to condemn him.

What would be the perfect pretext for a Chinese invasion? A Coup d'etat perhaps? All it would take is a few extra agitators joining the students, and the first sight of a weapon could be the spark that lights the tinderbox. Yet Lin & Chen saunter to the prosecutors’ office as if there are 'no flies on them'. Any other country, and they would be accused of treason.

The majority Taiwan people are simply too nice, too benevolent. But tolerance must have its limits. The deep greens are already showing all the hallmarks of Mao's red guards.
Well said. Parents and school authorities are to blame for the actions of these students! I don't know what they actually learn from school, or an excuse not to attend classes and celebrate - that's more like it!
April 22, 2014    arthuryeh@
"The deep greens are already showing all the hallmarks of Mao's red guards" (mordrake@)

and are showing the hallmarks of dementia I'm afraid!
April 23, 2014    taiwanindependencenow@
These students have inherited the fearless samurai spirits from the Great Nation of Japan by defying the chink KMT [...] and the chinks. Let us show them chinks that we Taiwanese are a hard nut to crack and will not subdue to the Third World Pride. LONG LIVE TAIWAN INDEPENDENCE! LONG LIVE THE SUNFLOWER MOVEMENT! LONG LIVE THE DEMOCRATIC PROGRESSIVE PARTY! LONG LIVE THE GREAT EMPIRE OF JAPAN! LONG LIVE THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA! LONG LIVE FREE TAIWAN-JAPAN-UNITED STATES SOLIDARITY!
April 24, 2014    piawliangjohny@
In other country you make mess on the Legislative hall or in any other part of the building itself ... They will shoot you....They are looking for a civil war ..is that what they want? Those students who joined the movement must be all punished according to International Law... these kind of actions demonstrations will rift Taiwan in future if the prosecutors will not punished them harshly. If they are innocent or with good intentions why they need to hire a famous lawyer..huh...fight... defend themselves... so who are those behind the students....
April 25, 2014    anotherdog58@
Mordrake@ wrote:
Let's think about what these students did. They took over a country's parliament. In any other country, that would be considered a Coup d'etat. Was it democratic? Of course it was NOT. Wake up everyone! Just because the corruption loving DPP tell you the opinion polls are on their side, you don't have to believe them. Remember, most of them still believe A-Bian is innocent, and to this day refuse to condemn him.

What would be the perfect pretext for a Chinese invasion? A Coup d'etat perhaps? All it would take is a few extra agitators joining the students, and the first sight of a weapon could be the spark that lights the tinderbox. Yet Lin & Chen saunter to the prosecutors’ office as if there are 'no flies on them'. Any other country, and they would be accused of treason.

The majority Taiwan people are simply too nice, too benevolent. But tolerance must have its limits. The deep greens are already showing all the hallmarks of Mao's red guards.
In any other democratic country it would not come that far. The students reacted, not acted, after undemocratic agitations of president Ma and his government.
The majority of Taiwan people indeed support this last minute delay of an "annexation treaty".
April 29, 2014    padyfoley@
Coup d'etat... yeah right!!!

They took over a building. They did not seize the government or the parliament

"The deep greens are already showing all the hallmarks of Mao's red guards"
What does this mean??? What hallmarks?
May 2, 2014    ludahai_twn@
wow... the blue propaganda hate machine out in force...

International law!?!?!? If you understood International Law, you would know that the ROC doesn't even have legal sovereignty over Taiwan!
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From left, Sunflower Student Movement leaders Chen Wei-ting (陳為廷), Lin Fei-fan (林飛帆) and their attorney Wellington Ku (顧立雄) arrive at the Taipei District Prosecutors Office, yesterday. Ku, Chen, Lin and other activists went to the prosecutors' office to answer questions regarding their involvement in the Legislative Yuan occupation and the Executive Yuan intrusion. (CNA)

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