Professors turn out for Sunday’s protest on Ketagalan Boulevard (2014/03/30)

Today’s protest attracted professors standing in solidarity with students opposing the cross-strait trade-in-services pact. As some led a sit-in outside the Legislative Yuan to protect the students inside, others joined those demonstrating on Ketagalan Boulevard. 

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Past democracy activists turn out to support student demonstrators (2014/03/30)

Twenty-four years ago student activists gathered in Taipei to seek direct elections. Today leaders of the demonstration, known as the Wild Lily Student Movement, returned to Memorial Square, now called Liberty Square. They marched with students protesting against the cross-strait trade-in-services pact. 

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Trade-in-services pact opponents aim for 100,000 to join Sunday demonstration (2014/03/28)

Students are drumming up support for their Sunday protest on Ketagalan Boulevard. They hope to mobilize 100,000 people to express opposition to the trade-in-services pact that Taiwan signed with China. 

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Protest Permit Approved (2014/03/28)

Student protesters have already received a permit for their Sunday protest. 

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As students seek to expand protest, New Taipei mayor suggests they find a way to end occupation (2014/03/28)

The students hope the Sunday protest will raise the stakes of their movement and bring President Ma Ying-jeou’s government to its knees. A municipal leader in Ma’s KMT party, New Taipei City Mayor Eric Chu, urged the students to instead take a step back and allow normal democratic mechanisms to resume. 

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Premier bends a little to student demands, but two sides remain far apart (2014/03/28)

After showing virtually no willingness to compromise, the ruling KMT has become more accepting of some of the student demands. Today Premier Jiang Yi-huah said the government is open to drafting a screening mechanism for future cross-strait agreements. But he is unwilling for review of the cross-strait trade-in-services pact to be postponed until this screening mechanism is in place. ##

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In joint statement, university presidents call for communication between government, students (2014/03/28)

University presidents have mixed feels about the student protests. While most are pleased to see their students passionate about national affairs, the presidents are not happy to see the students skipping classes. 

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Opposition releases poll showing support for trade pact to be renegotiated (2014/03/28)

The student occupation of the Legislature has drawn more attention to the trade-in-services pact Taiwan signed with China. That has helped many people better understand the agreement, and over 70 percent of respondents feel it should be renegotiated, according to a poll conducted by the opposition DPP. 

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BRIEFS (2014/03/28)

Chen Prepares for Season Start
Taiwan’s Chen Wei-yin is preparing for his first start of the season for the Baltimore Orioles. The outing will likely be Friday, April 4 against the defending MLB champs, the Boston Red Sox. Today in Chen’s bullpen session, the Orioles deliberately reduced his number of pitches to prepare him for next week’s start. The Orioles also recently departed their Florida spring training base and returned to Baltimore to prepare for the start of the season.

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Student protesters call for public protest on Ketagalan Boulevard on Sunday (2014/03/27)

As the occupation of the Legislature over the cross-strait trade-in-services pact entered its tenth day, students called for a mass demonstration this Sunday. Organizers are calling for protesters to convene on Ketagalan Boulevard and show solidarity in their opposition to the trade pact.

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