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Students to stage one last rally before ending occupation (update)
Central News Agency
2014-04-09 11:10 PM
Taipei, April 9 (CNA) One last rally of the Sunflower Movement will go into bloom Thursday before the student protesters occupying the Legislative Yuan for over three weeks leave the parliamentary building behind, one of the movement's leaders said Wednesday.

Chen Wei-ting said that as students leave the Legislature's main chamber, they will join a mass rally outside the complex before finally dispersing. The end of their occupation, which began March 18 as a response to the way the government handled the cross-strait trade-in-services pact, "is not a period but a comma," Chen said. The movement will continue to recruit activists through the Internet and will partner with civic groups to stage demonstrations across Taiwan in a bid to put pressure on local politicians, he said.

Protest leaders on Monday announced the end to their unprecedented occupation of the Legislature after a visit a day earlier from Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng, who promised to pass a bill to oversee cross-strait agreements before the review of the services pact with China is conducted. But Chen cautioned Wednesday evening that more protests in Taipei could be coming. He pledged a rally to surround the Presidential Office if the version of the oversight bill drafted by members of the public does not receive legislative approval. Several versions of the legislation, including one submitted by the Executive Yuan, are scheduled for review by lawmakers. According to a statement released later in the day by the protesters, they will leave the Legislature chamber at 6 p.m. Thursday, sunflowers in hand, after they have finished reading a report detailing the views collected during their "people's assembly" Saturday. They will also express their gratitude to residents living near the Legislature for their support during the occupation and sing "Island's Sunrise," the statement said. (By Tseng Ying-yu and Maia Huang)

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