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    Protesters occupy Taiwan legislature

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    Parliament still Occupied but No Signs of Budging from President Ma and KMT party


    Continuing their occupation of the building of Legislative Yuan, the barricade created by hundreds of activists who are protesting against Cross-Strait Service Trade Agreement has been going on over 10 hours.


    New campaign video has now surfaced on YouTube to explain in great details about the background and reasons for this unprecedented protest..


    YouTube Link to the video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TTiGuR8SInA


    However, even after thousands have shown outside of the Legislative Yuan building to voice their support for the activists, President Ma and his party have shown no interests in negotiating nor listening to the protestors' demands.


    According to local press, Apple Daily, just moments ago in a KMT party function, Ma again asserted his position and support on passing the trade agreement bill. In his speech, Ma mentioned nothing about the protest and its activists' demands; instead, he again stated the importance to pass the trade agreement and showed no signs of willing to talk with the activists.


    Also, KMT party released a press statement condamning the opposing DPP party assisting the activists on this protest. In this press release, KMT accuses DPP party for obstructing legilative procedure order and encouraging the activits to employ "irrational" protest methods over the matter. Further more, the press release echoes President Ma's strong position on passing the trade agreement.


    Full Press Release in Mandarin: http://www.kmt.org.tw/page.aspx?id=32&aid=25769


    As the crowd around Legislative Yuan continues to grow, so does the police force. Yet, so far no major clashing between the protestors and police force has been reported.

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