Taipei, March 22 (CNA) The Executive Yuan said Friday evening that it respects legislative autonomy and will not use force to evict students occupying the Taiwan's parliament building in a protest over a controversial trade pact with China
. The Executive Yuan's spokesman Sun Lih-chyun said that if police are to enter the parliament building, they will have to get consent from the Legislature. He added that people assembled outside the building will also not be dealt with differently, meaning the Executive Yuan will not order that force be used against them. Unless the Legislature gives clear instruction, otherwise, the Executive Yuan cannot make a decision, Sun said, adding that protesters outside the building have also not been out of order. He said that rumors that the Executive Yuan has asked National Taiwan University Hospital to prepare to deal with a massive number of injured people are groundless.
Protesters, mostly students, have occupied the Legislature's main chamber since Tuesday night in opposition to the trade-in-services pact and how lawmakers from the ruling party have forced it through the Legislature. (By Claudia Liu and Lilian Wu)