Sun, May 18, 2014 - Page 3 News List

Sunflowers launch group

By Tseng We-chen and Jason Pan  /  Staff reporter, with staff writer

Key figures in the Sunflower movement are launching an organization called “Taiwan March” (島國前進), which they say will work to amend the Referendum Act (公民投票法) and serve as a motivating force to improve civil society.

Three pre-eminent leaders of the student-led movement — National Taiwan University graduate student Lin Fei-fan (林飛帆), National Tsing Hua University graduate student Chen Wei-ting (陳為廷) and Huang Kuo-chang (黃國昌), associate researcher at Academia Sinica — are among the initiators for “Taiwan March.”

Others include academics Frida Tsai (蔡培慧) and Chen Hui-min (陳惠敏), along with graduate students Chou Fu-i (周馥儀), Oliver Chen (陳瑞光) and Lin Liang-chun (林亮君).

Lin and Chen Wei-ting are slated to hold a press conference this morning to formally announce the organization.

The working focus of “Taiwan March” is to scrutinize the cross-strait service trade pact in the legislature and the oversight bill to monitor the pact and future cross-strait agreements, as well to effect changes to the Referendum Act, in order to achieve direct “rule by the people” and democratic rights of citizens.

In response to media inquiries about the possibility of them starting a new political party, Chen Wei-ting yesterday said there current is no such plan.

This story has been updated since it was first published.

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