Mainlanders Admire Taiwanese Student Movement
After 22 days of occupying the Taiwan Legislative Yuan, the
Sunflower student movement will make a glorious exit.
The student representative announced the evacuation of the
Legislative Yuan at 18:00 on the 10th because of the good
progress on their demands.
This student movement has earned a high degree of recognition
Mainlanders also believe the success of the protest is a model for
the Chinese path to democracy.
Taiwan’s Legislative Yuan Deputy Wang Jin-pyng responded on
the 6th to the students’ demands.
He promised not to call any cross-party caucus meetings on the
trade pact until the new oversight law has been enacted.
His statement has finally resolved the impasse that has lasted for
more than 20 days.
Many Taiwanese KMT members along with Taipei Mayor
Hau Lung-bin, Taichung Mayor Jason Hu, and New Taipei City
Mayor Chu Li-luan,
have also expressed their support of Wang Jin-pyng’s statement.
The mainland netizens have also expressed their appreciation for
the Taiwanese students’ insistence on the protest.
Mr. Wang, Guangzhou netizen: “It is legitimate that people take
to the streets or students occupy the Legislative Yuan when
there is disagreement.
I have agreed and appreciated the students’ courage and
It is a peaceful manner of expressing their opinions about the trade
pact and to make the glorious exit when their demands were met."
Students choose this Thursday to evacuate from the Legislative
Yuan to allow the legislature to reconvene on Friday over the
and permit break time for people to evacuate and
Human Rights Watch member Mr. Wang indicates that the CCP’s
repression of the Tiananmen students’ movement in 1989 has
killed the pursuit of democracy in the young Chinese.
The CCP’s politically oriented education has only trained servility.
He praises that the success of Taiwanese students’ movement is
a model for the mainlanders’ pursuit of democracy.
Mr. Wang, Human Rights Watch member: “Taiwan’s students are
Their enthusiasm was respected, and their safety was protected.
The mainlanders definitely admire what they have.
It helps those who strive for freedom and democracy in China.
We lack such respect for the students’ passion and pursuit of
freedom and equality.
That is what has troubled the mainlanders the most."
On March 30, with the students call to protest against the
cross-strait trade pact, 500,000 Taiwanese gathered in front of
the Presidential Palace.
On the same day, tens of thousands of Chinese also took to the
street in Maoming City of Guangdong, China, opposing the PX
However, the Chinese were met with armed police’s violent
repression, resulting in hundreds of casualties, including students.
The protest has lasted for many days and many were arrested.
Taiwan’s Sunflower student movement has inspiring Maoming
students to take to the street.
An anonymous high school student of Maoming City says
that there were many college and high school students in the
protest in Maoming.
Comparing to the violent crackdown of the Taiwan police on
March 23 night at the Executive Yuan, the mainland police are
more violent and brutal.
An anonymous high school student of Maoming City: “I admire
Taiwanese’ fight for democracy.
It is great that the Taiwanese can fight for their own interests.
The democracy in Taiwan is much better.
The mainland police act like outlaws.
They arrested over 200 people during those days."
At 20:00 on the 7th, Taiwan’s student protest leader
Chen Wei-ting spoke and said that the strategy of the movement
has turned from defensive to the offensive.
The seed of the youth in the democratic movement is planted.
He indicated that the four demands of the student movement:
legalization of the trade pact supervision, establishment of the
provisions before re-examination of the trade pact,
convening of citizens’ constitutional conferences, and rejection
of the cross-strait trade pact, have made progress.
Assuming that the student movement has accumulated sufficient
energy to push forward a universal movement,
this is the right moment for the youth to take it from the
legislature to the rest of the country.
He vowed to continue to pressure the government on the three
issues: oversight law, re-examination of the trade pact,
and the constitutional conferences.
On March 17, KMT legislator Chang Ching-chung
took 30 seconds to complete the Committee review of
Cross-strait agreement on trade in services.
Consequently, students protested the haste and black box
operation on the 18th by occupying the assembly hall.
Tens of thousands of students along with supporters
have participated in the students’ movement, known as
the Sunflower Student Movement.
Interview & Edit/Xiong Bin Post-Production/Chen Jianming