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Protesters break police line, storm Legislature
Central News Agency
2014-03-18 10:49 PM
Taipei, 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. 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." (By Tseng Ying-yu and Elizabeth Hsu)
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