- Posted March 29, 2014 by
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Protesters occupy Taiwan legislature
Different opinions voiced in today's peaceful protest
More than 3,000 people showed up at Taipei Train Station this afternoon for a peaceful protest against the student-led occupying of legislative yuan.
The protest is sponsored by several groups, whose appeals include: 1.return the parliament to legislators, 2. support the Trade Service Agreement, 3.support the police's crackdown and restoration of order in the capitol, and 4. most important of all - show the nation that the students do not represent the entire country!
After a long stand-off by the students and their refusal to negotiate with President Ma, who has been very accommodating to the students as of late, more and more people in Taiwan started to question the students' rationale and motivation.
The protesters are very rational and disciplined, in spite of some attempts to smear the gathering by an unknown campaign. They are also cheered and greeted by a lot of onlookers.
People showed up from different part of the country, holding carnations, in white t-shirts, to signify their belief in peace, silent but determined presence, and inclusiveness of a loving mother.
The protest ended in a group singing of the national anthem that touched the hearts of the thousands on hand.