Labor Day anti-trade pact rally to pit worker against worker (2014/04/06)

Laborers are at odds over an anti-services trade pact rally. A group of labor representatives announced the rally to take place on May 1 in response to student-led demonstrations against the pact. But other labor representatives voiced concern by telling workers to stay away from a movement that has already grown political. 

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Students bring their grievances against lawmakers to voters (2014/04/04)

Students occupying the Legislature over the trade-in-services pact that Taiwan signed with China hope that their movement can have a lasting impact. A new tactic they used today is street demonstrations against specific lawmakers whom they hold responsible for non-transparent governance. 

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Students plan own review of proposed cross-strait agreement monitoring mechanisms (2014/04/04)

With normal operations at the Legislature on hiatus, student demonstrators plan to hold their own people’s assemblies. Through deliberations they will review proposed monitoring mechanisms to be used for all agreements signed with China. 

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Students, government at odds over citizens’ constitutional conference (2014/04/04)

Another area of dispute between the government and the students is whether to hold a national affairs conference on trade and economics or a citizens’ constitutional conference. The government has agreed to the former, which would concentrate on the trade-in-services pact and other economic issues. The students want the latter, which would be wide-ranging and even address government structural reform. 

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Government submits bill to oversee pacts with China; students reject it (2014/04/03)

The student protest over the trade-in-services pact Taiwan signed with China is now in its 17th day. One of the demands of the students occupying the Legislative Yuan is that an oversight mechanism for pacts with China be created. The government submitted a proposed mechanism Thursday that it says would increase transparency in the process and get more people involved. But the students rejected it out of hand. 

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DPP lawmakers again block review of trade-in-services pact with China (2014/04/03)

The DPP blocked a review of a trade-in-services pact with China for the second day in a row. DPP lawmakers locked the door of the room in which the joint committee session was to be held, keeping out their KMT colleagues and preventing the meeting from taking place. Committee convener Chang Ching-chung said the review would have to be rescheduled. 

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Hundreds of trade pact demonstrators under investigation (2014/04/03)

More than 200 people are under investigation for alleged offenses related to storming and occupying the Executive Yuan and Legislative Yuan. Student leader Lin Fei-fan describes this as President Ma Ying-jeou’s “revenge.” 

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Premier worries citizen monitoring mechanism would disrupt status quo (2014/04/04)

Another problem Premier Jiang Yi-huah has with the citizens’ version of the monitoring mechanism for cross-strait agreements is that it assumes Taiwan is a sovereign state. Jiang worries this would disrupt the cross-strait status quo by creating a legal basis for the two-nation theory. 

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Baltimore Orioles Chen Wei-yin makes first start of the year (2014/04/04)

The Baltimore Orioles and Boston Red Sox entered the day with their season opening series tied at one game apiece. Looking to win the series for Baltimore in his first start of the year was Taiwan native Chen Wei-yin.

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Student leader clarifies interview given to Bloomberg (2014/04/03)

Lin Fei-fan gave an interview to Bloomberg in which he suggested that an exit from the Legislature could be discussed should certain conditions be met. But when the local media focused on the story’s headline that said an end to the occupation was in sight, Lin felt compelled to clarify his stance. 

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