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President holds top meeting on China pact row
Central News Agency
2014-03-24 08:20 AM
Taipei, March 24 (CNA) President Ma Ying-jeou called a meeting with top officials of the administration Monday to discuss the government's response to protests against a services trade pact with China. Sources said Vice President Wu Den-yih, Premier Jiang Yi-huah and the chiefs of relevant departments would attend the meeting in the morning. The talks came after some of the student-led protesters who have occupied the legislature since March 18 stormed the Executive Yuan compound just a block away late Sunday in an attempt to take over another government building. It took the police hours to clear the compound of protesters with the help of water cannons. Dozens of protesters were arrested and dozens more, including students and police officers, were injured during the clash. Security around the Presidential Office has been stepped up, with police backed by steel barriers blocking all access roads. (By Lee Shu-hua and Jay Chen)
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