Organizers and police vary wildly in estimating rally attendance figures (2014/03/31)

Organizers of yesterday’s Sunflower Movement mass rally estimated that crowds reached half a million people. That was more than four times the number put forward by police, making it difficult to know whom to trust. 

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Student crews lauded for keeping the peace at rally (2014/03/31)

Praise has been widespread for the peaceful nature of Sunday’s rally. In part this was due to student crews who ended the rally in the early evening and helped keep the day’s proceedings under control. 

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Veteran protest organizer offers strategic advice to students (2014/03/31)

It is still unclear how the impasse between the students opposed to the cross-strait trade-in-services pact and the Ma Ying-jeou administration will be resolved. A former protest leader urged demonstrators to force dialogue with Ma or risk losing support over time.

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Demonstrations in 49 cities show solidarity with students occupying Legislature (2014/03/31)

Besides those demonstrating in Taiwan yesterday, the Sunflower Movement drew support of Taiwanese studying overseas. Activities took place in nearly 50 cities worldwide as students sought to let people know what is happening in their home country. 

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Urban Renewal Project (2014/03/31)

For nearly two decades property rights have stalled progress in the “justice building” urban renewal project in Taipei. Dismantling of old structures on this prime piece of real estate near Zhongxiao Fuxing Station finally began today. 

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Los Angeles Dodgers take on San Diego Padres in MLB’s opening night (2014/03/31)

Major League Baseball’s opening night pitted the Los Angeles Dodgers against the San Diego Padres. The Dodgers lead the league in payroll, but their high priced bullpen had trouble keeping the Padres at bay.

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Student leaders thank crowds who gathered to protest cross-strait trade-in-services pact (2014/03/30)

From midday today a mass of black-shirted protesters assembled on Ketagalan Boulevard and surrounding streets. Organizers estimate that hundreds of thousands of people joined together in protest against the cross-strait trade-in-services pact. Student leaders thanked those who came out to support what they are calling an historical event. 

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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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