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‘Black-clad army’ rallies for democracy in Taipei

PEOPLE POWER:Estimates of the number of participants varied widely, but Ketagalan Boulevard, Chungshan S Road and Qingdao E Road were packed early on, restricting latecomers to Xinyi or Zhongxiao W roads and Liberty Square

By Alison Hsiao  /  Staff reporter

“He [Ma] said that renegotiating the pact would hurt [Taiwan’s] credibility, but what he did not say is that there are plenty of examples of such agreements being renegotiated after being reviewed by the signatory countries’ legislative bodies, such as the free-trade agreement between South Korea and the US,” Chen said.

In the closing remarks at the rally, student protest leader Lin Fei-fan (林飛帆) said the public has penned a remarkable page in the nation’s history, “not because we occupied the Legislative Yuan, but because through our actions, Taiwan’s institutions are being widely discussed and scrutinized.”

“We are the ones who should determine Taiwan’s future,” he said. “Taiwanese are the commander-in-chiefs of this country, whose orders the president should listen to and follow.”

Lin reiterated the protesters] demandd of the Ma administration: First, the drafting of “legislation overseeing cross-strait agreements” and then the “review of the cross-strait service trade pact.”

He added that the legislative sit-in will not end because the government fails to answer their demands.

After Lin spoke, the demonstrators chanted slogans such as “President Ma, please listen to the people,” before ending the rally peacefully, with the crowd starting to disperse at about 7:30pm.

Additional reporting by agencies

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