Rally to Mark 1 Year Anniversary of Sunflower Movement

Today marks the first anniversary of the Sunflower Movement that took over the Legislative Yuan for 23 days in protest of a cross-straits service sector trade agreement. Barbed wire barriers have been erected outside the Legislative Yuan and Presidential Office Building in preparation of today’s rally.

Taipei Times reported that National Police Agency (NPA) director-general Wang Cho-chiun submitted his resignation on Monday. The NPA had been accused of brutality and use of excessive force in dispersing protesters last year.

President Ma Ying-jeou’s spokesman wrote in a letter that the government is willing to listen and engage in active dialogue to jointly promote social reform, UDN reported. He added that the rule of law must be maintained. The student movement says their demands have not been met since last year’s protests.

Following the protests, the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) made gains in government elections with support from students and supporters of the Sunflower Movement.

The government has also charged more than 100 student protesters in February for their involvement in the occupation of the Legislative Yuan, which drew condemnation from Amnesty International.

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