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    Posted March 21, 2014 by
    Taipei, Taiwan
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    Protesters occupy Taiwan legislature

    Ordinary People, Extraordinary Power

    And so, yes, I came in the end.
    Not because I agree with taking over the parliament.
    Not because I have this great desire to protect our democracy.
    I came just so that I can see with my own eyes, of what's true and what's not.
    If I can, I'd like to prove the media wrong.

    Yes, in another zone, there are people shifting the focus.
    Hearing things about the upcoming elections left me speechless.
    Yes, some people become hysterical once they have the microphone in their hands and talk about different issues.
    But don't forget those who are sitting silently down below.
    They may not have the power to give speeches, but they are the ones who know exactly why they are there.

    On Ching Dao East Road, all the students are very self-disciplined.
    They hold up signs that show gratitude toward the police officers.
    They became volunteers, giving out supplies, organizing the directions and picking up trash.

    What kind of protest can be so heart-warming and calm?
    Please, don't turn something so beautiful into something political.

    It's still cold and windy today.
    Sitting there all day on the cold, hard ground isn't easy.

    Which is why I am touched.
    Hang in there, my friends.
    Hang in there, Taiwan.

    As long as we don't forget what we set out to do.
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