- Posted March 21, 2014 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Protesters occupy Taiwan legislature
the latest statement: Democracy Breaks Down; the Legitimacy of Rule Has Gone - A Constitutional Crisis and the Reborn of Democracy
Though subjected to intense questioning of breaking democracy and cross-caucus negotiations, legislators from KMT party had expedited the review process of a services trade pact with China five days ago, to implement President Ma’s personal insistence on passing Cross-Strait Services Trade Agreement (CSSTA). Student activists had therefore occupied the Legislative Yuan, demanding that government should “reject the service trade pact” and “establish a legal system of supervision on agreement-signing with China“.
Now five days have passed, President Ma still acts arbitrarily as he always did, ignoring people’s voice. It is no longer a simple controversy over constitution but a constitutionalism crisis. The president has lost his legitimacy of rule, and the ruling party along with opposition party would have got into a no-win situation. This crisis is even more manifested when Wang Jin-Ping, President of the Legislative Yuan, refused to participate in the conference held by Ma to deal with the disputes between the Legislative Yuan and the Executive Yuan. The President, who has no legitimacy, still wouldn’t give up the state violence monopolized by him. Through Jiang Yi-huah, the Premier and King Pu-tsung’s speeches, Ma keeps threating people, who held the sovereignty of the country, that he would use state violence against their command.
How would people imagine a government which wholly lost the legitimacy of rule? After rejecting people’s command, could the government go back to a failed system which destroyed by President Ma, and then act that they run democratic procedures well? Could people accept that the government uses monopolizing state violence to treat people, after it lost its legitimacy of rule? Would people identify with the party which broke democratic rules find the opportunity of regeneration of democracy through party negotiation?
People do not have enough physical strength against the state violence. The thing people only have is to give President Ma demands persistently as a sovereignty of the country: Reject Cross-Strait Trade in Services Agreement (CSSTA), and establish a legal system of supervision.
To deal with the crisis of constitutional democracy, we announce the following three statements:
First, Wang Jin-ping, President of the Legislative Yuan, refused to attend the conference which is held by Executive Yuan and Legislative Yuan in the morning, and the reason Wang refused is that he thinks the disputes of the Cross-Strait Trade in Services Agreement (CSSTA) originated from the broken negotiation among the ruling party and the opposition party, so it should be negotiated in the Parliament. The Presidential Office approved later. However, we reclaim that the disputes of the agreement are caused partially by the broken negotiation, and President Ma Ying-jeou should take the responsibility as well. we demand Ma to respond immediately. Meanwhile, we also demand Wang who is now negotiating in the presidential mansion to respond. NEVER evade supervision. NEVER try closed-door negotiations.
Second, we reclaim Ma to respond our two demands: reject the service trade pact and push a legal system of supervision on agreement-signing with China in this session.
Third, the ruling party didn’t answer our demands positively this noon; therefore, we will
(1)call on the people to gather in KMT branches nationwide to do sit-ins, in order to put pressure on the local legislators and force Ma to respond the demands positively.
(2)and keep calling on more citizens to come to occupy the Legislative Yuan to enlarge the demonstration.
About 11 o’clock in local time,the student activist Lin responded the third statement which caused a wave of disapproval.
Lin said that the refusal of Wang Jin-ping, the President of the Legislative Yuan, of attending the meeting and that the announcement of the legalization of the demonstration around the Legislative Yuan made by Taipei Mayor Hau Lung-bin represent that the heads in KMT cannot endure President Ma’s decision anymore. To some degree, it means the heads disagree with the top-down party order. It’s a bottom-up resistance.
Lin said that the original idea about the action was to invite the basic workers and legislators in KMT to stand with people by sit-ins. Some people thinks the new action would transform the occupied activity to two-party disputes. In fact, sit-ins are to break barriers between two parties, so he hopes KMT to stand with people instead of listening to Ma and his advisors’ arbitrary decisions.