Taiwan protesters to consider leaving occupied Parliament after govt concession on China pact
Published on Apr 6, 2014 10:48 PM
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 paralysed the legislature to halt the pact's ratification, in the island's worst political crisis in years.
Speaker Wang Jin-pyng said on Sunday that Parliament would now approve a "review mechanism" of trade agreements before the Chinese pact is passed - something the protesters hope will give Taiwan the ability to temper Beijing's clout.
"We strongly support the decision of Speaker Wang to agree to enact the supervisory mechanism before further (parliamentary) review of the trade pact," the protesters said in a statement. A spokesman for the protesters, who asked not to be identified, told Reuters: "Right now we are deliberating whether to vacate the legislature."
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