Head of National Policy Agency defends violent crackdown on students to angry lawmakers (2014/03/26)

The violent expulsion of students who occupied the Executive Yuan on Sunday night raised tension in the standoff over the trade-in-services pact. Today the head of the National Police Agency defended the handling of the bloody crackdown. 

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Former DPP premier disputes claim of similarities to 2004 crackdown (2014/03/26)

National police chief Wang Cho-chiun compared his handling of student protesters at the Executive Yuan to a crackdown on pan blue demonstrators protesting against DPP President Chen Shui-bian in 2004. Wang’s comments were refuted by then-Premier Yu Shyi-kun, who said many of the demonstrators in 2004 were wielding weapons but the students at the Executive Yuan were unarmed. 

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Former VP Lien Chan’s daughter signs petition calling for premier to resign (2014/03/26)

Among those calling for Premier Jiang Yi-huah to resign is the youngest daughter of former Vice President Lien Chan. Ariel Lien signed a petition circulated among National Taiwan University students calling for Jiang to step down over his orders to forcefully remove students from the Executive Yuan. On Facebook, the younger Lien also posted a quote from Jiang in which he called demonstrations a necessary part of democracy. 

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Labor representatives voice support for cross-strait trade-in-services pact (2014/03/26)

Another protest today saw labor leaders countering the student demands. They believe the cross-strait trade-in-services agreement is necessary for Taiwan to compete with other countries on exports and want lawmakers to return to work so they can pass it. 

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Roster moves point to Wang Wei-chung making the Brewers 25-man roster (2014/03/26)

The Milwaukee Brewers are expected to soon make Wang Wei-chung the first player ever to jump directly from rookie ball to the major leagues. Following a series of moves on Tuesday, Milwaukee cut its team to 25 healthy players, and Wang was still in the mix.

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Half a million Vibo customers lose telecom service following power outage (2014/03/26)

Customers of Vibo Telecom are upset following the company’s largest service interruption in five years. For about four hours on Wednesday, more than half a million of the telecom’s customers in northern Taiwan and Yilan were left without service. 

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Attempt to Broker Deal Fails (2014/03/25)

In attempt to solve the dispute over the cross-strait trade-in-services pact, Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng held negotiations again today with ruling and opposition lawmakers. They failed to comprise on how to review the pact. 

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Industry leader says trade-in-services pact needed to open Taiwan’s economy (2014/03/25)

Drowned out in the protests over the cross-strait trade-in-services pact are the voices of industry representatives, many of whom support the more open trade that the pact would bring. Among them is an industrial representative who said the benefits of an open economy outweigh the damage the pact would cause to its losers. 

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Court rules not enough evidence to detain alleged student ringleader (2014/03/25)

The student protester named by police as the ringleader of Sunday evening’s storming of the Executive Yuan was released early this morning. The Taipei District Court ruled there was not sufficient evidence to detain Dennis Wei for allegedly inciting the occupation of the government’s chief decision-making body. 

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Over NT$6 million raised to take out ads opposed to cross-strait trade-in-services pact (2014/03/25)

Front-page advertisements explaining students’ reasons for opposing the cross-strait trade-in-services pact were seen in the Apple Daily and Liberty Times today. Funding for the ads and a future one to appear in the New York Times international edition was crowdsourced a day earlier within a period of just three hours. 

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