- Posted March 30, 2014 by
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Protesters occupy Taiwan legislature
More than 500,000 Taiwanese demonstrated on Ketagalan Boulevard
More than 500,000 Taiwanese demonstrated on the Ketagalan Boulevard. Students repeated the demand for “legislation before review”, but Ma Ying-jeou’s press conference didn’t respond to this at all. He said that the monitoring mechanism cannot be a mere executive order, but must be passed through parliament, so that the people can participate in not just CSSTA and the future trade agreement on goods, but also any agreement with China in the future. Based on what the president said, CSSTA will only revert to the state before Chang Ching-chung’s infamous 30 seconds, and that the protestors will not accept such a negotiation.
The leader student, Chen Wei-Ting questioned Ma Ying-jeou’s concern for the future of Taiwan, while at the same time obstructing actual participation by the people. He lambasted Ma for being more concerned about his own credibility, not that of Taiwan, and being worried only about his agreement with Beijing and his place in history. At the end, he led a chanting of the slogan, “Legislation before review”, saying that he intended for those inside the Presidential Palace behind the stage to hear.