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Executive Yuan, police deny dispersion rumors
Central News Agency
2014-04-04 11:19 PM
Taipei, April 4 (CNA) Executive Yuan spokesman Sun Lih-chyun denied rumors Saturday that police will try to disperse the student protesters occupying the Legislative Yuan, as their protest against a controversial service trade agreement with China entered its 18th day. Sun flatly rebutted the rumor and asked people not to spread unfounded remarks and stir more controversy.

Brushing off the speculation, Lee Chuan-che, deputy chief at the Chungzheng First Police Precinct, also said he has received "no such information at the moment."

Earlier the same day, lawmaker Lin Shu-fen of the opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), claimed in her Facebook post that "riot police have gathered around the Presidential Office, Legislative Yuan and Executive Yuan and will make further moves pending instructions."

But police sources said security was tightened in these areas to fend off more actions by student-led protesters occupying the Legilsative Yuan compound, as some of them were set to stage a protest aimed at Lin Hung-chih, a legislative caucus whip of the ruling Kuomintang (KMT), in Banqiao, New Taipei City in the afternoon. "Extra security measures have been lifted after the protest in Banqiao ended," the sources said, adding that "they were not meant to clear the Legislative Yuan."

However, the rumor has touched a nerve with the student protesters, who have vowed not to give in if President Ma Ying-jeou fails to comply with their demand to withdraw legislative review of the trade pact and only conduct a review after a law on overseeing all future negotiations and agreements with China is passed.

Wang Hsin-yun, one of the student representatives, said the students have strengthened drills to counter a possible break-in by police and they have been asked to phone their parents to say they are safe.

Later the same day, DPP Chairman Su Tseng-chang urged President Ma Ying-jeou to refrain from taking actions against the students. (By K.H. Wen and Flor Wang)

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