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    Protesters occupy Taiwan legislature

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    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     JO1YNN told us that at least 200,000 protesters, most of them students, staged a sit-in in front of the office of Taiwan's President, in what they called a '330 rally.' "People were wearing black shirts in order to show their discontent over the trade pact, which is being called a 'black-box deal,'" she said.

    In a press conference on Saturday, March 29, President Ma Ying-Jeou's refusal to reject the protested trade agreement with China disappointed students and led them to organize this demonstration. "The current situation over the dispute of the service trade pact stays in standoff between President Ma and the students," she said. "The students are still occupying the parliament, and President Ma's trying to find ways to reach consensus over the pact with the students."
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    Tens of thousands of people gathered in front of the Presidential Office March 30 at 1 p.m. to protest against a service trade pact with China. The protest is an expansion of an ongoing student-led protest that's been held at Legislature since March 18.

     

    Protesters all dressed in black to show their dissatisfaction over the trade pact, which they think it's a black-box pact, that the procedure for government to pass the final review of the pact to the higherst level of legislature was not transparent.

     

    The protesters worry that the pact will make Taiwan's economy too dependent on China, and hurt Taiwan's small and medium enterprises.

     

    On the other hand, the government thinks that the pact will help a lot in booming Taiwan's economy, and joining more regional free trade zones.

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