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    Protesters occupy Taiwan legislature

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    Parliament Occupation in Taiwan

     

    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     hunterxsteve is participating in the Taiwan protests over a disputed trade agreement with China. "The tension of protesters are vehement but they peacefully express their demands," he said.
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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TTiGuR8SInA

    I am among several hundreds of students and protesters who occupied the Taiwanese parliament building tonight. We are here to protest against the legislative ambush by the ruling nationalist party yesterday, which passed the Service trade agreement with China in a joint committee meeting.

    This agreement is expected to cast huge impacts on the life of ordinary people, including considerable job losses or worsen working condition in several industries. It was also feared that the agreement would pave ways by which China could increase its dominance in Taiwanese economy and even politics.

    The process of making this agreement has been criticized for the lack of transparency and participation by those affected, and caused great concern in Taiwan. In the last round of cross-party negotiation, it was agreed that the agreement should be debated and voted item by item in the parliament.

    However, yesterday the nationalist party broke this promise, passing the agreement with some unimaginable legislative tactic. The violation of democratic value cause outrage of many, so here we are. I can see police deployed around the building now. We need more support to stay on. Please distribute this video to whoever is committed to the principle of democracy, transparency and participation. Help us to stop the undemocratic coalition of some political elite in both Taiwan and China.
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