Internationally and geopolitically, “we have made our will clear,” he said. “We have declared that we Taiwanese are not willing to stay under the sway of China. We have also interrupted the private arrangement of international powers, including China, the US and Japan, and attracted global attention by our peaceful, non-violent resistance to the establishment.”
The protesters’ next step will be turning from a passive occupation to an active movement nationwide by organizing talks, grassroot forums, online civic movements and overseeing the legislature, just as the “Kuroshio democracy has been doing outside the occupied legislature over the past weeks,” he said.
“We are not naive. We do not believe that all of our demands will be fully answered. That is why we need to shift our strategy from ‘defense’ to ‘attack’ and continue to supervise the government,” he said.
Lin Fei-fan (林飛帆), another student leader, said the decision to leave the Legislative Yuan had not been a unanimous one.
“However, we are not afraid to lose the chamber floor, and leaving here is not the end of the movement, because the movement has become a comprehensive one that will continue to bloom across the country,” Lin said.
A Tamkang University student surnamed Lai (賴), one of the Sunflower movement supporters outside the Legislative Yuan last night, was very emotional upon hearing Chen Wei-ting’s announcement.
"I am very tired. All of us here at the Legislative Yuan — all of us who feel we have been abandoned by the government — we all want to go home. We have been keeping up the protest through sheer strength of will because we need to oppose governmental violence," he said.
A National Tsing Hua University student surnamed Chen (陳) said that with all that has happened: "I do not and cannot trust the KMT caucus."
He said the students will continue to emphasize their concerns about the service trade pact by supporting efforts to recall KMT lawmakers who follow the party line instead of listening to the public’s voices.
Additional reporting by Lin Chia-chi
This story has been updated since it was first published.