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Students take protest to Tamshui
Taiwan News, Staff Writer
2014-04-05 04:05 PM
TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Students opposed to the trade-in-services pact with China took their protests to the office of ruling Kuomintang lawmaker Wu Yu-sheng in Tamshui, New Taipei City, Saturday.

On Friday, between 500 and 1,000 students turned out for a march by the office of KMT legislative chief whip Lin Hung-chih in Panchiao, New Taipei City. The leaders of the students occupying the Legislative Yuan since March 18 have singled out Wu, Lin and their colleagues Lin Te-fu and Chang Ching-chung as targets for protests.

Wu has always been seen as close to President Ma Ying-jeou, whom he once served as spokesman. The lawmaker has already been the target of an attempt to impeach him, though it failed.

Student leader Lin Fei-fan announced that at least 30 members of the Democratic Black Tide, a group of students from southern and central Taiwan, would gather at the Tamshui Mass Rapid Transit station at 4:30 p.m. Saturday before moving over to besiege Wu’s office around 5 o’clock.

In the event, media reported that more than 1,000 protesters took part. The lawmaker had already alerted the police to the news of the protest, which had not been approved. Officers waved placards and spoke through loudspeakers warning the demonstrators that their action was illegal. The students replied that they were only passing by.

Wu described the action as a public threat to be expected from communist Red Guards, not from Taiwanese youths. Surrounding his office would not solve any problems, Wu said, adding he hoped the students would remain peaceful and not break the law.

The aim of the siege was also to persuade Wu to sign a student petition promising to pass a set of guidelines for trade talks with China before reviewing the trade pact signed last June, reports said. The lawmaker was reportedly not in Tamshui Saturday.

As in Panchiao Friday, student leaders Lin and Chen Wei-ting were not planning to attend the protest but would remain at the Legislature.

KMT lawmaker Lin Te-fu said he would not meet with student protesters. His colleague Chang said he did not want confrontation in society to increase. The KMT legislator gained prominence by cutting short a clause-by-clause review of the trade pact in just 30 seconds on March 17, the action which led to the student occupation starting the next day.

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