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Sunflower Movement awoke civic consciousness: Taipei mayor

Sunflower Movement awoke civic consciousness: Taipei mayor

Taipei, March 18 (CNA) Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (???) described the Sunflower Student Movement Wednesday as the most important event in Taiwan last year that improved the civic consciousness of the Taiwanese people. "The Sunflower Student Movement is a very important movement in Taiwan over the past few years," Ko told reporters prior to a forum that day, which marked exactly one year since a group of mostly student protesters stormed the Legislature and occupied it for 23 days in protest against a trade pact with China. Taiwanese people, especially the younger generation, have started to pay more attention to politics and public affairs as a result of the movement, Ko said. His decision to run for Taipei mayor was also influenced by the movement, said the former physician, who had never played a role in politics until his election as mayor in November last year. In a Facebook post earlier that day, Ko called on the public to continue their supervision of the government, and "not forget about the spirit of the Sunflower." Meanwhile, New Taipei Mayor Eric Chu (???), who doubles as chairman of Taiwan's ruling Kuomintang (KMT), said at a meeting of the KMT Central Standing Committee that his party has reflected deeply on its policies in the wake of the student movement. It is now prioritizing more issues that young people care about, such as affordable housing, fair taxation, educational reform and opportunities to start their own businesses, Chu said. "Young people are our hope," he said. The Sunflower movement refers to student-led protests in March and April last year against the way a trade-in-services agreement with China had been handled by the Ma Ying-jeou (???) administration. The protesters occupied the Legislature and stormed the headquarters of the Cabinet, drawing mixed but mostly sympathetic reactions from the public. To date, the trade-in-services agreement with China has been stalled in the Legislature. (By Ku Chuan, Huang Li-yun, Liu Li-jung and Christie Chen)


Updated : 2021-09-20 18:41 GMT+08:00