Students reject Bloomberg report of early withdrawal
Taiwan News, Staff Writer
2014-04-03 07:20 PM
TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Student leaders on Thursday rejected a Bloomberg report saying they would leave the Legislative Yuan if it passed a framework law supervising trade negotiations with China.

The passage of such a law has been a key demand since the students occupied the Legislature last March 18, but they rejected a version proposed by the government earlier Thursday.

Student leader Lin Fei-fan described the Bloomberg headline about an early withdrawal of the occupiers as “premature” and “written too fast.” He said his meaning during the interview was that if a framework was approved by committee and passed into law, the student movement might consider leaving the assembly. It did not mean that their departure would be an automatic consequence of the passage of a new law, Lin said.

During the interview with Bloomberg conducted Wednesday, the student leader said that if a key demand such as the approval of a framework law before the review of the trade pact was met, other demands could also be openly discussed.

Lin criticized legislative committees for stopping a proposal drawn up by social movements up to 108 times. The government and the Legislative Yuan should listen to the students’ demands, which could lead to the opening of a discussion on how and when to leave the Legislative Yuan, Lin said.

Prosecutors were reportedly investigating 205 students about their occupation and about a short incursion into the Executive Yuan last March 23. The latter ended when riot police charged with batons and water cannons.

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