TAIPEI, Taiwan - Premier Jiang Yi-huah (江宜樺) reiterated his position during a press conference yesterday, stressing his firm objection to the occupation of the Legislature by the Sunflower Movement activists.
Jiang said that the government will remain adamant and not give in to the protesters, as it has become apparent after days of occupying the Legislature's Assembly Hall that the student leaders of the demonstration do not represent the beliefs of the entire youth population of Taiwan.
On the recent media comparison of the Sunflower Movement to the Wild Lily student movement of 1990, Jiang stated that the two demonstrations are entirely different. Not only do the focuses and requests of the protests differ from one another, but the methods of demonstration greatly vary as well. While Wild Lily students executed their peaceful protest in the form of a silent sitting, the Sunflower students stormed into the Legislature to take over the Assembly Hall, refusing to return the venue until certain demands are met.
Jiang continued to demand that the demonstrators return the Legislature to the hands of the government, and expressed the government's willingness to discuss the cross-strait pact with students. Only by taking a step back, said Jiang, will we see a chance to end this deadlock.
New Taipei City Mayor Advises Students in Facebook Essay
New Taipei Mayor Eric Chu (朱立倫) published an essay titled "The Honor of Self-Realization" (自我實現的光榮) on his Facebook page on Thursday, giving his advice to student protesters.
Following their request for legislators to establish a cross-strait agreement supervisory act (兩岸協議監督條例), the Black Island Nation Youth Front (黑色島國青年陣線) made another demand, asking for legislators to sign individual letters of intent using identification cards to guarantee the Cross-Strait Trade in Services Agreement will not be reviewed until a supervision mechanism is implemented.
In his essay, Chu stated that the students' request for signed letters is not only impossible in democratic institutions; it is also improper and pointless. The students have more than enough reasons now to disband honourably, said Chu, as they have accomplished more than expected.
Chu went on to praise the students for raising national awareness toward the pact, forcing the nation to confront an issue that is otherwise agreed-upon by the masses in hopes of receiving the biggest economic benefits, while at the same time not being completely understood. This, in itself, is a very honourable achievement, he said.
In conclusion to his essay, Chu said that the students need not pursue any more glory. The only thing left for the students to do is to restate their beliefs in front of a camera, and say to the nation "I shall return," in unison, and leave the Legislature with pride.