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    Posted March 22, 2014 by
    chapel hill, North Carolina
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    Protesters occupy Taiwan legislature

    The protest at legislature against signing an trade agreement with China

    Since 10:00pm on Tuesday night, we – a group of students and civic organizations – have occupied our country’s Legislature in protest against the undemocratic and autocratic manner in which a trade agreement between Taiwan and China was passed.

    In the three days since, more than 30,000 non-partisan protestors, including students, doctors, lawyers, civil activists, and academics and people from all walks of life, have joined us in our protest each night, which continues to grow larger with each passing day.

    Together, we represent the majority of Taiwan who are angry and upset over the Cross-Strait Services Trade Agreement, and how it was signed between our government and China in complete secrecy, and negotiated behind closed doors.

    This important agreement will open up our service industry to China, and allow Chinese citizens to come to Taiwan to work, live and eventually make our economy completely reliant to China’s - further pushing Taiwan into China’s sphere of influence.

    We feel that this important agreement – which can impact the lives of millions of Taiwanese – needs to be completely rejected by the parliament. But instead the ruling party broke their promise for a bipartisan, clause-by-clause review, and rammed it through the committee stage in less than 30 seconds.

    We hope that you will support us in our fight against an autocratic government; a government that – in violation of public opinion – wants to forge closer ties with a big and undemocratic neighbor that can impact our country’s fledging democracy.

    Our demands are simple, and peaceful: we want the government to revoke the agreement, which will bind our economy to China, and pass a bill to ensure that future agreements between Taiwan and China receive the proper scrutiny.

    We hope that you can send us a small statement of support – why it is important for citizens to stand up for our country’s democratic future. Your message will mean so much to the people here, standing outside on the streets of Taipei, hoping for a better future.
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