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Taiwan opposition lashes out at police crackdown on protest

Published on Mar 26, 2014 6:19 PM

TAIPEI (AFP) - Taiwan's main opposition on Wednesday denounced as "unforgivable" the police use of force to dislodge demonstrators who stormed the government headquarters in protest at a contentious trade agreement with China.

More than 100 people were injured early Monday as riot police used batons and water cannon against students who had formed a sitting human chain at the offices near parliament, which has been occupied by protestors for more than a week.

The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) said the police and government officials should be held responsible for the worst violence the island has seen in years.

"Police using batons to beat unarmed students is unforgivable. Whatever their rank, all of them should be held liable for (the injuries)," DPP spokesman Lin Chun-hsien said.

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