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    Posted March 23, 2014 by
    Taipei, Taiwan
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    Protesters occupy Taiwan legislature

    Democracy Seeking Students Now Face Escalated Situation in Taipei

    After 6 days of occupying the Legislature Yuan, President Ma Ying-jeou finally came out of the shadow to hold an international press meeting on Sunday (Mar 23rd). However, instead of reaching out to the protesting students, the Ma regime openly declared that it would continue to stand firm on not accepting the terms of the students, adding that it is non-negotiable. Despite majority of the country’s polls showed that Taiwanese citizens are against the un-democratic and dishonest way of sneaking the Cross-Strait Agreement on Trade in Services through the Legislature Yuan, the KMT party lead by President Ma was unapologetic.

    The protesting students demand the head of the Legislature Yuan, Mr. Wang Jin-Pyng to declare void of the Cross-Strait Agreement on Trade in Services and the Ma regime should not proceed on with any further treaties with China after passing a bill for systemizing the process for signing cross-strait agreements.

    Due to that Ma regime continues to neglect protesting students' demands, a portion of protestors decided to occupy the Executive Yuan next to the Legislature Yuan late Sunday night to make themselves heard. After a swift but peaceful overtake, students quickly occupied the courtyard and main building of the Executive Yuan. This move however was quickly met by Ma regime’s determination to maintain order. Taiwan’s National Police Agency issued warnings to the protesting students that riot police was deployed and the state the situation would be resolved before Monday morning.

    Within few hours of the occupation of Executive Yuan, riot police started to move in on the protestors. Determined to remove the protestors by any means, the riot police equipped with police batons and shields started to pull the students out one by one. The situation quickly went south despite protesting students’ noncooperation strategy of holding hands and lying on the ground. Incidents of police pummeling students with batons and shields can be seen over the news broadcast(see below clip). Despite numerous reports and live feeds from different news channel that many students are seriously injured in the clash, several local media made their own interpretation that the protesting students were provoking the authority with violence. Many students are accusing the police of brutality after their removal. Hopefully, the numerous personal cell phones and camera video clips will shed light on what actually happened during the ejection.

    Worried about their friends and family, restless citizens of Taiwan fear for their safety and the future of Taiwanese democracy. As of the wee hours of Monday, the clash still continues.
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