Mon, Apr 07, 2014 - Page 1 News List

Wang vows monitoring law before pact

DAWN BREAKS:Student leaders heralded the legislative speaker’s comments as showing the protests had brought results, but have not decided when to end their occupation

By Alison Hsiao and Loa Iok-sin  /  Staff reporters

Chen said that as the KMT could not reach an agreement with opposition parities on reviewing the cross-strait trade pact, “when Wang said that he would not call a cross-party negotiation before adopting the monitoring bill means that, in fact, he is positively responding to our demand to pass the legislation before reviewing the trade pact.”

Chen then urged all lawmakers regardless of their party affiliation to work with Wang to independently advance the monitoring mechanism.

“This breakthrough is all because of the efforts that Taiwan’s civil society has made in the past three weeks. We would like to pay our highest respect to all those who have either actively participated, or expressed your support in different ways,” Chen said, bowing to the crowd with several student leaders, including Lin.

“We have gone through many things that made us feel powerless, we have been saddened by tears and bloodshed,” Lin said. “But today, we can proudly say that we are finally seeing the break of dawn in this nation.”

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