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Taiwanese opposing China trade pact end protest

Opponents of a trade deal with China ended Thursday their weeks-long protest in which they occupied the legislative chamber and also stormed the Cabinet compound. The protesters agreed to leave after Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng assured them inter-party negotiations on the controversial deal will not go ahead until a bill regulating cross-strait pacts is enacted by the legislature. "It's not the end but a new beginning," said Chen Wei-ting, a leader of the roughly 200 protesters who are mostly university students.

Taiwanese protesting China trade pact agree to leave legislature

Opponents of a trade deal with China agreed Thursday to end their weeks-long protest in which they occupied the legislative chamber and also stormed the Cabinet compound. The protesters agreed to leave after Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng assured them that inter-party negotiations on the controversial deal will not go ahead until a bill regulating cross-strait pacts is enacted by the legislature.

Taiwan protesters to end occupation of parliament

Taiwanese protesters who have occupied parliament for three weeks to try to block a contentious services trade agreement with China said Monday they would end their protest this week after claiming success. The demonstrators -- mostly young students -- occupied the main chamber on March 18 in the island's first-ever such protest. "We'll walk out of parliament at 6:00 pm (1000 GMT) Thursday. We also invite all friends to come and meet us outside parliament," student leader Chen Wei-ting announced in a televised press conference.

Taiwan protesters against China trade pact to leave legislature Thurs

Opponents of a trade deal with China promised Monday to end their weeks-long protest on Thursday when they will leave the legislative chamber they have been occupying since March 18. Chen Wei-ting, a leader of the roughly 200 protesters made up mainly of university students, said most of their demands have been met, urging supporters to welcome their departure from the legislative compound at 6 p.m. on Thursday.

Taiwan protesters against China trade pact to leave legislature Thurs

Opponents of a trade deal with China promised Monday to end their weeks-long protest on Thursday when they will leave the legislative chamber they have been occupying since March 18. Chen Wei-ting, a leader of the roughly 200 protesters made up mainly of university students, said most of their demands have been met, urging supporters to welcome their departure from the legislative compound at 6 p.m. on Thursday.

Protesters consider ending occupation of Taiwan's parliament

Protesters said Monday they were considering ending their three-week occupation of Taiwan's parliament, after its Speaker intervened to try to end the standoff over a contentious services trade pact with China. "Discussions about the direction of the movement are now under way," said Shih Yen-ting, a spokesman for the Sunflower movement which is staging the first parliamentary occupation in the island's history.

Taiwan parliament sit-in may end after government concession on China pact

By Michael Gold TAIPEI (Reuters) - Protesters occupying Taiwan's parliament for the last three weeks to block a trade pact with China said on Sunday they will consider leaving now the government has announced a key concession. Concerned that the deal would increase China's economic influence and hurt local business, the protesters paralyzed the legislature to halt the pact's ratification, in the island's worst political crisis in years.

Taiwan stages mass anti-China trade pact rally

Tens of thousands of Taiwanese protesters took to the streets in Taipei on Sunday in a bid to pressure embattled President Ma Ying-jeou to retract a controversial trade pact with China. The protesters, many wearing black shirts and headbands reading "defend democracy, retract service trade pact," crowded the streets leading to the presidential office, despite fresh concessions offered by Ma to further scrutinise agreements with China.

Ma condemns violence after protesters storm gov't HQ over China trade

Taiwan's Presidential Office denounced violence Monday after protesters opposed to a trade deal with China stormed the Executive Yuan compound in Taipei on Sunday night. It is the first time the government headquarters was taken over by demonstrators. The unexpected move came amid occupation of the legislative chamber by about 200 protesters who entered the compound Tuesday night to protest an agreement on trade in services signed with China in June last year.

Taiwan police use water cannon to retake government HQ

Taiwan riot police unleashed water cannon Monday to dislodge hundreds of demonstrators who had stormed government headquarters in violent scenes that dramatically escalated a days-old protest against a trade pact with China. After nearly a week-long occupation of Taiwan's parliament, the protesters late Sunday also infiltrated the Executive Yuan where the cabinet is located, pulling down barbed-wire barricades outside and using ladders to break into offices on the second floor.
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