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Hundreds of students occupy Taiwan's Legislature to protest China pact
By Ray Sanchez, CNN
March 19, 2014 -- Updated 1727 GMT (0127 HKT)
(CNN) -- Hundreds of students remained barricaded in Taiwan's Legislature
early Wednesday in protest of the ruling party's push for a trade pact with
China, which demonstrators claim will hurt the island.
The protesters, mostly university students, entered the main assembly hall
inside the Legislative Yuan in Taipei on Tuesday night and blocked the
entrances with chairs, according to images and accounts filed from the scene
with CNN iReport.
Police responded but had not dispersed the protesters, who also filled the
streets around the Legislature in the center of Taipei.
The students said they plan to occupy the Legislature until Friday's session,
when the pact was to be deliberated.
Taiwan's state news agency reported that 38 police officers were injured when
more than 400 protesters took over the Legislature.
Four protesters were arrested in two unsuccessful attempts to evict them, the
news agency reported. Police said there were more than 2,000 protesters both
inside and outside the building, with a equal number of officers on the scene.
"We do not want to clash with the police," said protester and iReporter
Shanny Chang, 19. "We just have to let the government know that never try to
fool the people."
One CNN iReporter said that after the protesters took over, hundreds gathered
outside the building, with some making speeches and singing songs.
In a video, a young woman sings Bob Dylan's song "The Times They are
a-Changin'," which many associate with the protest spirit of the 1960s.
"She played the Dylan song because she thinks the lyrics match the ongoing
events happening in Taiwan," an iReporter identified only as breadgeorge
wrote. "Bob Dylan isn't really that popular in Taiwan, especially not to the
8th grade generation, what Taiwanese call children born after 1991, but to
the older generations I think he isn't a stranger to them."
The trade pact was signed last year in Shanghai with the intention of easing
investment and trade between the two longtime adversaries, mainland China and
But opponents have voiced concerns that not only will Taiwan's economy be
hurt as businesses and investments flow to China, but the island's democratic
system could be undermined by closer ties with the mainland.
"The trade agreement was not supervised by the people of Taiwan, and benefits
only big companies and harnesses our jobs," wrote iReporter George Chang, 24.
"But I do agree we need to open Taiwan to the world, even China too. But NOT
this way, not by signing an agreement that is not fair to us and was
negotiated by people who have no profession in these territories. We must
rewrite the agreement and make it work for the both of us, towards a peaceful
future between the strait of Taiwan."
An iReporter identified as kwarrior, an Asian-American living in Taiwan,
wrote that the government's handling of the trade agreement "was
unconstitutional and a blatant violation of the people's rights. ... I care
deeply because my parents are Taiwanese and they always loved their nation
like no other. I am personally affected because I value the rights of the
people to voice and make changes in a democratic country."
In a statement, Amnesty International urged security forces to show restraint.
"The situation is clearly tense. ... While police have a duty to maintain
order and to protect the safety of the public, the response must only be
proportionate to the threat. Force should only be used as a last resort. The
authorities must ensure the rights of all those protesting are upheld and
respected," said Roseann Rife, the group's East Asia research director.
Last month, Taiwan and China held their highest-level talks in more than six
decades, marking the first government-to-government contact since the pair's
acrimonious split in 1949.
Wang Yu-chi of Taiwan's Mainland Affairs Council, which oversees the island's
China policy, met with his mainland counterpart, Zhang Zhijun of China's
Taiwan Affairs Office.
After the meeting, China's state news agency Xinhua said the two sides had
agreed to open a regular communication channel.
"We should both be resolute to not let cross-strait relations suffer any more
twists and turns and never let (the relationship) go backward," Zhang was
quoted as saying.
Previous contact between the two sides has been conducted through
semi-official foundations or through political parties, not by government
ministers acting in their official capacities.
Beijing considers Taiwan a breakaway province and has never ruled out the use
of force to achieve reunification.
Taiwan also calls itself the Republic of China.
Relations between the two sides have improved since Taiwan President Ma
Ying-jeou came to power in 2008. On Wednesday, Ma called for the passage of
the trade pact.
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