- Posted March 23, 2014 by
Another Tienanmen? Taiwan Police Attacked Unarmed Protesters
Hundreds of protesters against Taiwan ruling party's Cross-Strait Service Trade Agreement (referred in the folloin g as the Agreement) with China left Legislative Yuan (equivalent to the US Congress), where there has been a sit-in protet, and broke into Executive Yuan (the cabinet building) last night at 10pm March 23, local time. By occpying the cabinet building, the protesters look to paralyze the government administrative authorities and urge President Ma ying-jeou and the authorities to: 1) rescind the Agreement; 2) pass a supervising rule on cross-strait agreements; 3) anwser the people's demands.
Thousands of people gathered around the Executive Yuan before midnight, shouting “Rescind the Agreement, defend our democracy!” The authorities, instead of responding to the protesters, sent a riot control squad to the scene. Half past mid-night, the police started to evict the protesters from inside and surrounding the Executive Yuan. By the dawn of the 24th, six attempts of eviction have been led. Media was requested to leave the scene and most of the information is then spread by the protesers through social networking sites and the Internet. Unarmed protesters, either men or women, were beaten by the police and forced to leave the scene. Water cannons and tear gas were used, and the police were able to evict the protesters from the buiding. More than 70 protesters were sent to hospital. There are still more than a thousand people gathering around the buildiong, resfusing to leave.