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Taiwan speaker offers concessions to end parliament seizure

Published on Apr 6, 2014 4:05 PM
 
Taiwan's Parliament Speaker Wang Jin-pyng (centre) shakes hands with student protesters in front of Parliament as more than 200 protesters -- mostly students -- occupy the building in Taipei on Sunday, April 6, 2014. A senior ruling party politician offered concessions on Sunday to demands made by student protesters who have occupied Taiwan's parliament for almost three weeks, urging them to end their occupation. -- PHOTO: AFP

TAIPEI (AFP) - A senior ruling party politician offered concessions on Sunday to demands made by student protesters who have occupied Taiwan's parliament for almost three weeks, urging them to end their occupation.

The Sunflower protest movement took over the chamber on March 18 in protest over a controversial trade pact between Taiwan and China, which has sparked huge rallies in the capital Taipei.

The speaker of parliament, Wang Jin-pyng, entered the chamber surrounded by dozens of legislators from both ruling and opposition parties, security officials and reporters, shaking hands with students, but did not speak directly with protest leaders.

Before the meeting, he said that he would not field any more debate in parliament over the trade pact before a law had been brought in to monitor agreements with China - which is one of the protesters' key demands.

 
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