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TRADE PACT SIEGE: Protesters to expand lawmaker recall effort

By Alison Hsiao  /  Staff reporter

Members of the Kuroshio Democracy student league hold a press conference in Taipei yesterday, announcing the group’s nationwide campaign to pressure legislators to support the non-government version of a draft bill for the cross-strait trade pact’s oversight mechanism.

Photo: Chien Jung-fong, Taipei Times

Kuroshio Democracy, a group of university students from central and southern Taiwan, yesterday said they would step up their effort to recall lawmakers by launching a nationwide campaign.

Warning the legislators that the Kuroshio — or the black tide — is flowing back, the group held a press conference announcing that they would soon launch a nationwide campaign to pressure the legislators to support the non-government version of a bill to establish a mechanism for monitoring cross-strait agreements.

From Friday to Sunday, the group marched through the streets of New Taipei City’s Banciao (板橋), Tamsui (淡水), Jhonghe (中和) and Yonghe (永和) — the constituencies of Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) lawmakers Lin Hung-chih (林鴻池), Wu Yu-sheng (吳育昇), Chang Ching-chung (張慶忠) and Lin Te-fu (林德福), who have been dubbed the “four major bandits” by the Sunflower movement.

Their presence attracted thousands of local residents to help champion their cause: asking lawmakers to break from the will of President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) or face recall.

Kuroshio Democracy spokesperson Chen Wei (陳蔚) said that the three-day rallies, which included protesting outside the KMT headquarters and using constituencies to pressure lawmakers, have successfully extended the combat zone beyond the Legislative Yuan.

Chen said now was a good time to further expand the movement across the nation, adding that different social groups from different regions would join the cause.

Chen said that while the media and public were focused on the occupation of the Legislative Yuan, the group’s action has built momentum outside the legislature, raising citizens’ awareness about the importance of establishing an instution to oversee cross-strait agreements.

“Legislate first, review next,” the group said, adding: “The non-government version of the bill should have priority over the version conjured up as a result of clandestine interparty negotiations.”

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