Student leaders yet to decide next step

Taipei, April 6 (CNA) A leader of the student occupation of the Legislative Yuan said Sunday that protesters are still considering their next step following their first meeting with the legislative speaker since the protest began March 18.
"Our next move is being discussed and has not yet been finalized," said Chen Wei-ting, one of the leading student activists. But no matter what they decide, they will insist on passing a law to scrutinize cross-strait agreements before a legislative review of the trade-in-services pact -- the catalyst that led them to begin their occupation in the first place.
"What kind of law is passed is something we are concerned about," he said, calling the Cabinet's proposal for the agreement monitoring bill "not acceptable."
The protesters will also be watching closely how the services pact is handled as the first agreement put under the microscope of the new monitoring law, Chen said.
Lastly, he said, they will follow how the government deals with their demands for what they call a civic constitutional assembly meant to bring the public into the discussion of relations with China and topics of social justice.
Chen's comments came after Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng visited the students for the first time earlier in the day, calling on them to give up the protest but pledging to put meetings over the services pact on hold until the monitoring law is passed.
Many in the ruling Kuomintang have said that passing the law is not possible until the students leave the Legislature's main chamber so that it can resume regular operations. (By Claudia Liu and Lilian Wu)