Students in Taiwan Have Stormed and Occupied the Legislative Yuan

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Live streaming video by UstreamTaipei, March 18 (CNA) Over 100 protesters stormed into the Legislative Yuan Tuesday during an evening rally outside the building to protest over a service trade agreement with China.

Members of civic organizations opposed to the trade pact they describe as an “under-the-table” deal broke a glass door while scuffling with police guarding the facility before storming into the Legislature and occupying the podium.

Chen Wei-ting, a student leader, said they would continue to occupy the podium until March 21, when a floor meeting will be held.

“This is the moment for Taiwan Independence, “announced by Ting-Kuei Tsay (蔡丁貴), the chairman of the most progressive group for Taiwan’s Independence Movement.

“It’s time, after such a long time of colonial rule by the Chinese government in exile. “ We want our nation to have our own name, and it is called Taiwan.”

They were demanding a proper review of the trade pact, and that the ruling Kuomintang apologize for its unilateral move a day earlier to deliver the trade accord to the legislative floor without giving it an item-by-item review the party had previously promised, Chen said.

Right after seizing the podium, the protesters blocked all the entrances to the meeting chamber with chairs. They also raised banners reading “occupy 63 hours,” “refuse to allow the trade pact to clear the legislative floor,” and “75 percent of Taiwanese people demand item-by-item review.”

LIVE from outside the Legislative Yuan

The Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) in Taiwan had sent the cross-strait service trade agreement to a plenary session without being screened yesterday. More than 500 advocates and many civic groups gathered outside the Legislative Yuan in Taipei tonight to make stern remonstrances.  Some of the protesters broke into the meeting room of the Legislative Yuan not only to show great anger but to remind the authority that “the Congress belongs to the people” and a politician should speak the voice of his people. It’s the first time in Taiwanese history for young students to occupy the Legislative Yuan. They swear to make Taiwan the second Ukraine if President Ma and the KMT party fail to give a line-by-line review of the deal that could impact tens of millions of Taiwanese people.

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People gathered outside Legislative Yuan today.

While the young students and civic groups, mostly NGOs, decide to stay up all night at the Legislative Yuan until the KMT and the government admit this agreement being invalid, the deployment of at least 150 riot police has been made by the authority.  Having no water,food, sleeping bags, and even not being allowed to use the restrooms, some people  condemn the government for being inhuman and brutal.

According to the opinion poll, more than 75% Taiwanese people demand a line-by-line review of this controversial deal; however, the pact has been described as an “under-the-table” trade agreement without consideration of most Taiwanese people.

Video of the Taiwan Legislative Yuan(Parliament) being overtaken by protesters

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People gathered outside Legislative Yuan today.

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Students staying awake all night with thoughts of a possible police raid.

Students staying awake all night with thoughts of a possible police raid.

Police are attempting to get in several of the barricaded doors. image via 捍衛苗栗青年聯盟

Police are attempting to get in several of the barricaded doors. image via 捍衛苗栗青年聯盟

Video Protesters Trying to Get Inside Legislative Yuan to Support Occupation

Police attempting to break in, but students resist, forcing police to withdraw for now.

Police attempting to break in, but students resist, forcing police to withdraw for now.

Taiwan 6:30 am Outside the Legislative Yuan (parliament) Student occupation has stayed all night despite multiple attempts by the police to push inside.

Taiwan 6:30 am Outside the Legislative Yuan (parliament)
Student occupation has stayed all night despite multiple attempts by the police to push inside.

Video of the Taiwan Legislative Yuan(Parliament) being overtaken by protesters

Around 2000 people gathered outside to block the police siege, taking the offensive, making the police can not be cleared for Conclave. (Photo: Wang Hao in)

Around 2000 people gathered outside to block the police siege, taking the offensive. (Photo: Wang Hao in)

Occupied Legislature. (Photo: Sun Poor Richard)

Occupied Legislature. (Photo: Sun Poor Richard)

southern Taiwan in MRT station of Kuohsiung They are also protecting for the people at the parliament in Taipei !

MRT station of Kuohsiung southern Taiwan
Solidarity Protest for the people at the parliament in Taipei ! 7:30 pm Wednesday the 19th. image via Yubin Chiu

Video of Solidarity Protest at MRT station of Kuohsiung southern Taiwan

10,000+ people surrounding Parliament in Taipei.

10,000+ people surrounding Parliament in Taipei tonight. Wed 19th

 

12:00am 19th.  People from the Sit-in reporting that the power in the building has been cut off except for the lights. They currently have very limited ways of charging phones for live streaming and are without any air conditioning.

People also report that signals of the cell phone live-stream have been at times scrambled and they have been at times unable to broadcast.

Now entering the second night of the sit-in, police and supporters are gathered in mass outside. People fear that tonight they will face more attempts by police forces to enter and clear out the protest.

Aerial view of outside the Legislative Yuan (parliament) via Jessie Chen

Aerial view of outside the Legislative Yuan (parliament) via Jessie Chen

Medical team assisting people of the sit-in. via Jessie Chen

Medical team assisting people of the sit-in. via Jessie Chen

 

The masses gathered outside the Legislative Yuan tonight via Jessie Chen

The masses gathered outside the Legislative Yuan tonight via Jessie Chen

Why we protest. Parliament Occupation in Taiwan  (text under video)

I am among several hundreds of students and protesters who occupied the Taiwanese parliament building tonight. We are here to protest against the legislative ambush by the ruling nationalist party yesterday, which passed the Service trade agreement with China in a joint committee meeting.

This agreement is expected to cast huge impacts on the life of ordinary people, including considerable job losses or worsen working condition in several industries. It was also feared that the agreement would pave ways by which China could increase its dominance in Taiwanese economy and even politics.

The process of making this agreement has been criticized for the lack of transparency and participation by those affected, and caused great concern in Taiwan. In the last round of cross-party negotiation, it was agreed that the agreement should be debated and voted item by item in the parliament.

However, yesterday the nationalist party broke this promise, passing the agreement with some unimaginable legislative tactic. The violation of democratic value cause outrage of many, so here we are. I can see police deployed around the building now. We need more support to stay on. Please distribute this video to whoever is committed to the principle of democracy, transparency and participation. Help us to stop the undemocratic coalition of some political elite in both Taiwan and China

We will update as this situation unfolds.

Sources
Focus Taiwan
Ireport

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