Sun, Mar 23, 2014 - Page 1 News List

University heads call on Ma to respond to occupiers

By Chen Yi-ching and Rachel Lin  /  Staff Reporters, with Staff Writer

The alliance said that it is deeply worried about the students’ safety, but at the same time “immensely proud” of them.

“The government said you have been instigated to commit ‘irrational violence’ ... but we know that you are autonomous and exercising your civic consciousness. What the students are protesting against is the retreat of democracy forced by a legislative body no longer representing people’s will,” it said.

“Our parents were worried when we stood up against authoritarian rule 30 years ago… Today, we as parents also worry that the protesters’ safety might be at risk. So we demand that the government start a dialogue with the protestors soon and promise that it will not use force to evict the students from the legislature, as well as acquiesce to the demonstrators’ requests for just, democratic procedures,” the parental alliance said.

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