Sunflower Movement’s Next Step (2014/04/13)

After withdrawing from the Legislature on April 10, nearly 100 supporters of the Sunflower Movement came together once again today. This time, their task was moving many of the donated goods they received during their occupation of the Legislature to a temporary shelter. For the moment, these items will be stored at the Taiwan Theological College and Seminary in Yangmingshan.

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Muhammad Yunus, a former Nobel Peace Prize winner, is honored in Taipei (2014/04/13)

Nobel Peace Prize winner, Muhammad Yunus, a Bangladesh native known for making micro-credit loans to the poor, was awarded an honorary citizen by Taipei Mayor, Hau Lung-bin. He shared his experiences creating opportunities and funding for the poor, and urged local young people to start their own businesses. 

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Songkran Festival in New Taipei City (2014/04/13)

The annual Songkran Water Festival took place today in New Taipei City’s Chungho. Both young and old took to the streets with water guns and plastic wash basins to enjoy Southeast Asian New Year celebrations.

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Old Taipei Railway Workshop focus of urban renewal dispute (2014/04/13)

The Taipei Railway Workshop was long located on Taipei’s Civic Boulevard Section 5. But with railway lines moving underground, this repair facility was forced to move to a new location, leaving its old historical base abandoned. The area could be turned over to commercial use to create a new cultural park, but this plan has not been well received by railway enthusiasts who hope to preserve this important piece of history. 

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Demonstrators, CtiTV employees engage in shouting match (2014/04/09)

Angry demonstrators opposed to CtiTV were met today by a raucous group of CtiTV employees. As the protesters accused CtiTV of biased coverage of protests against the services trade pact Taiwan signed with China, CtiTV accused the protesters of infringing on freedom of the press. 

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KMT lawmaker’s supporters, police guard against demonstration that never arrives (2014/04/09)

Another protest in Taipei’s Neihu District today targeted KMT Legislator Alex Tsai. More than a hundred police and Tsai supporters were on hand to defend the lawmaker’s office, but they had little to do as most of the demonstrators were busy spreading their message through the neighborhoods. 

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Taipei mayor wants demonstrators out of Legislature and surrounding areas (2014/04/09)

Most students are expected to leave the Legislature tomorrow evening, though some demonstrators have vowed to remain in the outside square. That leaves the potential for conflict as Taipei Mayor Hau Lung-bin has said that the city wants the entire Legislature and surrounding areas back to “normal” by Friday morning. 

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Volunteer technicians pitch in to repair Legislature as students prepare to leave (2014/04/09)

Volunteer technicians and others have begun repairing damaged equipment in the Legislature. Speaker Wang Jin-pyng says several benefactors have offered to cover all costs and no public funds will be used. 

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Sunflower Movement leaders vow new action if President Ma disregards their demands (2014/04/09)

A day before students are scheduled to leave the Legislature, one of their leaders issued a warning to President Ma Ying-jeou. The students are deeply opposed to a bill proposed by the Cabinet to monitor agreements with China and say they will renew large-scale demonstrations if it passes in its current form. 

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As student occupation of the Legislature ends, political parties assess damage (2014/04/09)

Soul-searching took place today among members of the KMT and DPP. While members of the ruling party warned President Ma Ying-jeou that the KMT is in danger of losing the youth vote, a former premier in the DPP said the nation’s largest opposition party lacks influence. 

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