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    Protesters occupy Taiwan legislature

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    Brisbane "Love Taiwan! Defend Democracy!" Support Parliament Occupation


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     Shan Ju Lin helped local students organize a rally this weekend in Brisbane, Australia, in support of the Taiwanese students occupying the legislature. The teacher, who immigrated to Australia from Taiwan in 1991, helped students secure a permit to protest in King George Square. “My heart was with the students in Taiwan from the beginning,” she explained. “I wish to use my pen to tell the whole world what is happening in Taiwan, to be the voice of the students.”
    - zdan, CNN iReport producer

    Around 500 Taiwanese students gathered at Brisbane King George Square on 30th March, 2014 at 3:00pm, held a “Love Taiwan! Defend Democracy” Rally and Procession to support students occupied Legislative Yuan in Taiwan. The same function events were held in 17 countries and 49 cities globally at the same time.


    The main event in Taipei, Taiwan was gathered by more than 500,000 people, the number of attendance has secured the students to continuously occupying the parliament, until they heard replies back from President Ma Ying-Jeou.


    Due to the closed-door trade pact with China, the spirits of democracy have been wounded in Taiwan, leading to a series of demonstrations and campaigns formed by numerous Taiwanese students in hope of a reviewed system.


    You might ask “What is the disadvantage of the Trade deal with China?” Indeed, the students are not against the trade deal. What they are against is the closed-door trade pact which violates the spirits of democracy and judicial process.


    As a result, on March 18, 2014, the student groups surrounded the legislative building in Taipei and started the sit-ins movement which was called Parliament Occupation. On March 23, 2014, some protestors went to Executive Yuan hoping to take over it as well. However, they were removed by the riot police with fire hoses, also used sticks to hit students. More than100 students were injured with serious head bleedings and cramps. Police also violently dragged Journalists away from the evict scene of Executive Yuan, to hide their violence toward to the brutal eviction.


    The events were emphasized on the safety issue, a “Sturdy, Peaceful, Rational, and Never Give Up” attitude becomes an important part in these events. Any irrational acts that could lead to an incident was prohibited.


    Although Taiwan is merely a small democratic island, people are willing to do everything to protect it. They are hoping by doing so to improve the democratic situations in Taiwan and to raise awareness on the public issues.


    The following videos will help you to understand better what was happened to lead these global events:


    Police use sticks to hit students:


    Police beat TV reporter:


    Pray for Taiwan


    Senator Guan Bi Ling Questioning Minister of Police for the violent eviction, which contains 3 minutes video of crutail part of the violent eviction taken by a student inside of Executive Yuan:


    Dr Wang cramped after beaten by police:

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