Thursday, December 18, 2014   

Taipei student protesters pack their bags
(04-10 13:57)

Student activists in Taipei are set to end their three-week occupation of Taiwan's parliament, but they vowed to press on with their bid to stop the government ratifying a contentious trade pact with China.
The demonstrators began dismantling the stacks of armchairs they used to barricade themselves in when they seized the chamber on March 18, in the first such occupation of Taiwan's parliament in the island's history.
By mid day the dozens of remaining protesters – whose numbers have dwindled from the 200 who initially stormed the building – had packed up their sleeping bags, taken down the posters they had plastered all over the chamber, and even repainted the walls.
“We're doing the final clean-up of parliament. Everything should be done by 4:00 pm,'' Shih Yen-ting, a spokesman for the protesters dubbing themselves the “Sunflower'' movement, told AFP ahead of the departure. “We're putting the final touches on our exit.''


   
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