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Taiwan pro-China activists rally against parliament seizure

Published on Apr 1, 2014 7:09 PM
 
People wave national flags and placards as they demonstrate to support the government and a controversial Taiwan-China trade pact in Taipei on Tuesday, April 1, 2014. Hundreds of Taiwanese protesters who support a controversial trade pact with China clashed with police Tuesday when they tried to push their way towards parliament, which has been occupied by students for two weeks. -- PHOTO: AFP

TAIPEI (AFP) - Hundreds of Taiwanese protesters who support a controversial trade pact with China clashed with police Tuesday when they tried to push their way towards parliament, which has been occupied by students for two weeks.

The demonstrators, many wearing red headbands reading: "Want service trade pact, want jobs," shoved and shouted as they tried to push through a police cordon to confront the 200 students, who have barricaded themselves inside the parliament's main chamber in protest at the pact.

Police had strengthened the cordon, which lies one block away from the parliament building, after a pro-China group threatened to retake it from the students by force.

The protesters pushed hard against the 300-strong cordon several times, an AFP reporter at the scene said, but failed to break the security line, which included elite squads carrying shields.

 
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