Taiwan activists clash with police over China pact
TAIPEI (AFP) - Dozens of Taiwanese pro-independence activists clashed with police during a protest on Tuesday against an agreement to further open up service sector trade with China as lawmakers debated the pact.
Chanting "opposing the trade service agreement, safeguarding sovereignty", demonstrators attempted to push their way through a police cordon around parliament in Taipei.
Others tried to climb over the fence but were grabbed and pulled down by police. Two demonstrators were injured, including a woman in her 70s, who fell and was hospitalised, the activist groups said.
"The pact will bring huge negative impacts on Taiwan's economy and a lot of people will subsequently lose their jobs, but few people are aware of this," activist leader Tsai Ting-kui told AFP.