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    Posted March 18, 2014 by
    kwarrior
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    Protesters occupy Taiwan legislature

    Supposedly 'soft' College Students Blitzkrieged Passed Police Forces and Occupied Legislative Yuan

     

    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     kwarrior is a freelance writer and medical school graduate in Taipei. He has been following the occupation through local news reports and posts by various social media groups. "As an Asian American living in Taiwan, it is hard not to see the magnitude of political influence on media. Growing Chinese influence from [the] economic, social, and immigration side have all come into play. It was slow at first but then it gradually picked up speed. Now it just seemed that it has become the inevitable."

    He is not part of the occupation, but shared this iReport as he watched the protests unfold. "The way the trade agreement progressed ... was unconstitutional and a blatant violation of the people's rights, as is written in the Constitution. I care deeply because my parents are Taiwanese and they always loved their nation like no other. I am personally affected because I value the rights of the people to voice and make changes in a democratic country."

    kwarrior did not take the photo on this iReport, but did write the below text. See verified iReport images from the protests here.
    - dsashin, CNN iReport producer

    Late evening (9PM) of March 19th, 2014, approximately 200 college students, broke into the Legislative Yuan in a valiant effort to stop the passing of the public's widely-disapproved Cross Straits Service Pact. Currently growing numbers of police forces are gathering around the building. Initial rumors unconfirmed, showed the possibility of arrests under criminal charges. Also heard but yet to be confirmed, is that the police force plans to cut the protestors' supply of food, water, and other commodities in attempt to dissuade them from the structure.

     

    Over the past few months, the government's un-democratic ways of international diplomacy, bargain, and homeland security concerns have riled the general public into an all-time high, along with other events such as the verdict of corporal Hung, Filipino Coast Guard shooting of fisherman Hung, and other internal problems. With the country increasingly dissatisfied with the current regime and its ways of response to the public's outcry, this is by far one of the first times the students have actually gathered under national spotlight as they vow to occupy the Yuan building in order to disrupt the passing of the service pact.

     

    The service pact was agreed without the consent of the legislative Yuan and the general public, not to mention the fact that it never went through proper protocol that a democratic country almost always follows. The blatant ignorances from everything in the core members in the executive branch and its chief of staff in Taiwan currently have alerted the Taiwanese people. In hopes of a better tomorrow, there are also people gathering right outside the Legislative Yuan in support of the protestors in the building. What escalated on the 19th was the fact that earlier that day, the legislative Yuan was in turmoil as it discussed about the issue. In an unorthodox and unwarranted manner, KMT legislative delegate Chang Ching-Chung grabbed the microphone in the huge altercation, promptly announced that the service pact had been in discussion for over 3 months, and by protocol should be filed for reference. The meeting was suddenly dismissed as officials from both parties clashed in fist fights, push and shove. Unconstitutional, would be the word to describe the situation, as the Taiwanese people grew irate over the issue. Apparently now, the stand is now taken to a whole other level as Taiwanese people, normally polite and seen as 'soft' by other Western countries, took a rather different approach this time.

     

    Senior DPP party members Tsai Yin-wen, You Shih-Kun, and Su Jen-Chang have gathered outside to voice their concern for those students. Su called out that he hopes the government will not harm the students in any way. Writer and activist Feng Kuan-Yuan, who is still present in the building, stated that he has already contacted and formed a team of lawyers that is ready to sue the police department should it harm or touch the students in any possible way.

     

    More will be written but for now, that will be all. This is Kwarrior reporting to you live, from Taiwan.

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