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Protesters occupy government building

‘818 TEAR DOWN’:The sit-in followed a rally that drew 20,000 demonstrators, took the police by surprise, lasting 20 hours, before the protesters left to fight another day

By Chris Wang  /  Staff reporter

Supporters who could not make it to the sit-in tried to give the participants a lift by sending water, instant noodles and pizzas to the site.

Commenting on the protest, Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng (王金平) criticized the demonstrators for removing a national flag and replacing it with a protest banner, calling the move “disrespectful, not just to the national flag, but also to the Legislative Yuan.”

The legislature respects the protest and appreciates their demands, but people should still respect the system and authority,” he said.

“What can they change by replacing a flag?” he added.

Additional reporting by CNA

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