Students protest CSSTA in Hong Kong, Seoul
Taiwan News, Staff Writer
2014-03-30 04:55 PM

A number of Taiwanese studying in Hong Kong were joined by local university students in a march Sunday in solidarity with the mass demonstration that took place on Ketagalan Boulevard in Taipei. A total of about 500 persons marched to protest the Taiwan government’s handling of the Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA) with China.

Organized by the "Guardians of Taiwan Youth Front" and other university student groups in Hong Kong, the marchers gathered to show their support for the actions of student protesters in Taipei, who have occupied the interior and exterior of the Legislative Yuan for ten days to put pressure on the administration of Ma Ying-jeou to send the TiSA bill back to committee in the legislative body. Sunday’s mass protest was billed as the “March 30 Global Relay Parade to Protect Taiwan”.

The Hong Kong group gathered in Causeway Bay at 1:00 pm in Causeway Bay collection, and then march to Chater Garden .In addition to the Taiwanese and local students, a number of local politicians also joined in the procession. Hong Kong organizers had originally hoped to attract a total of 1,000 marchers for the procession, but the actual number of participants turned out to be somewhat less.

In a statement released before the march got underway, the group outlined the purpose of their action. They noted that it is important to organize marches and community actions to “defend democracy in Taiwan" as well as to support the democratic process in Hong Kong. The paper noted that people in Hong Kong and Taiwan need to form and maintain links with each other in order to jointly defend their right to enjoy democratic freedoms.

A radio newscast from the scene reported that as the marchers were passing through Wan Chai District a group of about a dozen observers booed the group from an overpass. The onlookers shouted slogans against "Occupy Central" and other protest actions and presented thumbs down gestures to the marchers.

In South Korea a band of about 80 youth, mostly Taiwanese studying at Korean universities, gathered in the Gwanghwamun area of Seoul Sunday in a quiet display of solidarity for the protests in Taipei. Displaying signs lettered in both Chinese and Korean, the young students explained that they wanted to show their support for their fellow students in Taiwan so they will know that students in Korea are also doing their part to help protect democracy in Taiwan.

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