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President pleased to see rally end in peace
Central News Agency
2014-03-30 10:31 PM
Taipei, March 30 (CNA) President Ma Ying-jeou was pleased to see that a big rally protesting against his government's trade agreement with China ended in a peaceful and rational manner, his spokeswoman Garfie Li said Sunday. Li quoted the president, whose response to students' demands a day earlier failed to satisfy them, as adding that he has "listened carefully" to the protesters' appeals. Sunday's rally in front of the Presidential Office and nearby streets drew hundreds of thousands, with police estimating that the number of participants peaked at 116,000 at 4 p.m. while organizers claimed a 500,000-strong presence. Lin Fei-fan, a student representative of the protesters who have been occupying the Legislature since March 18 in protest against the government's handling of the trade-in-services pact with China, vowed to continue the occupation because Ma had not responded to their demands positively. (By Lee Shu-hua and S.C. Chang)
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