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Angry students storm legislature

SUNFLOWER REPRISE:Following the death of activist Dai Lin, students protesting high-school curriculum changes late last night stormed into the legislative compound, resulting in a standoff with the police

By Abraham Gerber and Wang Kuan-jen  /  Staff reporters

By evening a crowd of close to 100 had gathered outside of the ministry compound, lighting candles and placing posters on the surrounding razor wire barricades featuring a ghost-like picture of Wu, wishing the minister “sweet dreams.”

Independent music promoter-turned-activist organizer Yao Ken-hsiang (姚茛翔) said that Wu’s “cold-bloodedness” and “shamelessness” were “unassailable.” Given that Wu was totally “unfeeling” regarding Lin’s death, the most activists could do was wish him a “good night sleep” without running into Lin in his dreams, he said.

Separately yesterday, President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) said he felt profound grief upon learning that Lin was found dead, adding that the ministry should hold talks with students who oppose the curriculum changes.

There should be a balance between support for the freedom of speech and a society ruled by law in the exchange of ideas, Ma said.

Premier Mao Chi-kuo (毛治國) was quoted by Executive Yuan spokesperson Sun Lih-chyun (孫立群) as saying he was “extremely grief-stricken” after hearing about Lin’s death and immediately asked Wu to provide necessary assistance to the student’s family.

Mao said that young people who are still learning and growing need the support and assistance of their families, schools, the government and society on many aspects, including their daily and mental lives.

As the social atmosphere and public issues nowadays might be exerting great stress on young people, the family and the school should offer them strength and support and “not have them bear unnecessary pressure,” Sun quoted Mao as saying.

Additional reporting by Alison Hsiao and CNA

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