Taipei, April 4 (CNA) Various civic groups said Friday that they will launch a two-day campaign to urge the students who have been staging a sit-in demonstration in the Legislative Yuan since March 18 to end their occupation and go home. A petition will be kicked off on Saturday at the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall before a parade will be held on Sunday, said Lin Hsien-tung, a local lawyer who issued the statement with Global Vision and Global Union of Tshung Tsin Hakka Associations. As the government has announced its determination to end the protest within two weeks, Lin called on the "great silent majority" of Taiwan to show support and help the country restore its order at the parliament. "Your silence has helped the violence to grow in an indirect way," the statement said, encouraging people to sign the two-day petition and take part in the Sunday street protest, which will be staged from 2pm-5pm.
A few dozen to several hundred students have been occupying the Legislative Yuan's main meeting chamber since March 18 to protest against a trade agreement signed with China last year which would allow Taiwanese and Chinese companies to gain greater access to each other's service sector. The students are demanding that the government withdraw the agreement from the legislature and not conduct a legislative review until a law is passed to oversee and monitor all future negotiations and agreements with China. (By Maia Huang)