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Student leaders to form “Island Forward”
Taiwan News, Staff Writer
2014-05-17 04:12 PM
TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The leaders of the occupation of the Legislative Yuan were about to form a new organization named “Island Forward,” reports said Saturday.

Students and intellectuals opposed to the trade-in-services pact with China occupied the Legislature from March 18 to April 10, helping the new social movements to achieve higher exposure than ever.

Key leaders of the movement were planning a news conference Sunday to announce the formation of a new group, tentatively named “Island Forward,” the Chinese-language Apple Daily reported Saturday.

Most of the best-known leaders of the occupation would be included in the new organization, including students Lin Fei-fan and Chen Wei-ting, and Academia Sinica scholar Huang Kuo-chang, the report said. A leader of a farmers’ village association would also join but as an individual, reports said.

Lin reportedly said that since the occupation ended, he had not been too well, because he had been forced to do lots of things that were difficult. According to the Apple Daily, the statement hinted at the formation of a new group, though it was not immediately clear whether “Island Forward” would turn into a political party or not.

Lin and Chen gained prominence even before the Legislative Yuan occupation, but once the protest started, they soon became its most prominent voices. They also supported the subsequent hunger strike by former Democratic Progressive Party Chairman Lin Yi-hsiung against the fourth nuclear plant.

Before the protests, Lin had hinted at the formation of a new political party separate from the DPP in order to represent the social movements, but little has been heard of the project since.

After the students left the Legislative Yuan on April 10, they said their action had only been a beginning, and they would expand their cause across the island and across society. The new group might form part of that plan, reports said.

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