• TAIWANESE PROTEST TRADE PACT WITH CHINA

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    TAIPEI: Around 200 Taiwanese students and activists were locked in a tense standoff with police on Wednesday after they stormed the parliament in a bid to thwart government efforts to ratify a contentious trade agreement with China. Bearing down signboards and chanting anti-government slogans, protesters unexpectedly broke through security barriers and took over the parliament’s main chamber on Tuesday, in the first such occupation of the building in the island’s history. The protesters, mostly young students, have barricaded the entrance with ceiling-high piles of armchairs, blocking hundreds of policemen who attempted vigorously on Wednesday to push their way in to end the occupation.

    AFP

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