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Opposition parties laud students' decision to leave parliament
Central News Agency
2014-04-07 11:13 PM
Taipei, April 7 (CNA) Opposition party figures on Monday praised the students' announcement earlier that day to withdraw from the Legislative Yuan, which they have occupied since March 18, saying their action has contributed to the country's democractic development. The students' movement has "ushered in a new era," said Democratic Progressive Party whip Ker Chien-ming, urging the government to listen to the voices of the younger generation and have dialogue with them. Taiwan Solidarity Union Chairman Huang Kun-huei asked Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng to treat student protestors with leniency. Huang also urged the ruling Kuomintang not to "persecute the students in the name of justice," praising the students' occupation of parliament since March 18 as a successful movement. Leaders of the student protesters said they will withdraw from the Legislature's main chamber at 6 p.m. Thursday after occupying the venue in protest of a controversial trade-in-services pact with China. President Ma Ying-jeou immediately welcomed the students' decision to leave the Legislature and allow its operations to return to normal. (By Sophia Yeh, Wen Kuei-hsiang and Lee Hsin-Yin)
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