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Taiwan protesters call for surrounding of ruling party offices

Published on Mar 21, 2014 8:33 PM

TAIPEI (AFP) - Student protesters occupying Taiwan's legislature to stop the government from ratifying a contentious trade pact with China on Friday called on the public to surround the ruling party's offices after their ultimatum was ignored.

The protesters say the deal will damage Taiwan's economy and leave it vulnerable to political pressure from China, allegations rejected by the Kuomintang party.

"We call on the public to surround tomorrow the offices of the Kuomintang around the country and step up pressure on Kuomintang legislators," student leader Lin Fei-fan said from the main chamber of parliament which the group occupied on Tuesday night.

Lin also asked more people to attend a huge rally outside parliament, which rapidly swelled to 12,000 from just a few hundred at the beginning of the protest.

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