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Taiwan demonstrators end parliament seizure but threaten more protests

Published on Apr 10, 2014 9:12 PM
 
Activists holding sunflowers take part in a gathering outside as protesters, whom they support, leave Taiwan's parliament in Taipei on Thursday, April 10, 2014. Student activists on Thursday ended an unprecedented three-week occupation of Taiwan's parliament in protest at a service trade pact with China, but threatened more action unless their demands are met. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

TAIPEI (AFP) - Student activists on Thursday ended an unprecedented three-week occupation of Taiwan's parliament in protest at a service trade pact with China, but threatened more action unless their demands are met.

"The departure does not mean we are giving up," said student leader Lin Fei-fan, shortly before dozens of demonstrators clad in black T-shirts walked out of the building at around 6 pm (6 pm, Singapore time).

The protesters' next moves "could be more comprehensive" unless guarantees given by Taiwan's ruling China-friendly Kuomintang party are honoured, he told a press briefing.

Referring to the need closely to monitor developments, Mr Lin said: "We came here with ideals, now we leave with more burden".

 
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