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Taiwan protesters clash with police as tensions over China pact flare

Published on Mar 24, 2014 12:55 AM

TAIPEI (AFP) - Clashes erupted between protesters and police on Sunday after Taiwan's president refused to scrap a contentious trade agreement with China and denounced the "illegal" occupation of Parliament by students opposed to its ratification.

On Tuesday around 200 protesters, mostly young students, broke through security barriers and took over Parliament's main chamber, the first such occupation of the building in the island's history.

Hundreds of other protesters holding a supporting demonstration against the trade pact late Sunday pushed past riot police to storm government headquarters near the Parliament.

Local TVBS news network showed them pulling down barbed wire barricades, with some using ladders to break into offices on the second floor of the building.

Protesters and riot police are involved in a standoff after students stormed the Executive Yuan building during a protest in Taipei on March 23, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP
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