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Parade staged in Taipei to protest Ma-Xi meeting

Taipei, Nov. 7 (CNA) Several civil groups that occupied the Legislature last year held a parade in Taipei on Saturday to protest a controversial trade pact with China and President Ma Ying-jeou's (???) meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping (???) in Singapore. The civil groups, including the Economic Democracy Union (??????) -- formerly the Democratic Front Against Cross-Strait Trade in Service Agreement (?????????) -- began the parade at 2 p.m. from Fuzhou Street near Ketagalan Boulevard near the Presidential Office. The parade was held to protest a trade-in-services agreement signed between Taiwan and China in 2013 that remains stalled in the Legislature pending ratification and also protested Ma's decision to meet with Xi "without citizens' authorization," the union said in a statement ahead of the parade. The Taipei City Police Department said it had dispatched 580 officers to maintain public order and to strengthen security at government agencies on the parade route, including the Council of Agriculture, the Ministry of Economic Affairs and the Bureau of Foreign Trade. According to Songshan Precinct, a total of 27 protesters were arrested at about 5 a.m. Saturday after they broke into a building on Dunhua North Road owned by China Airlines (????), Taiwan's largest carrier, to protest the Ma-Xi meeting. The 27 protesters, including Chen Wei-ting (???), a student leader of the Sunflower Movement that occupied the Legislature early last year, were suspected of damaging property, entering another's building without reason and obstructing an officer in the execution of his duties, the local police said. The Ma-Xi meeting, which took place at 3 p.m. Saturday in Singapore, was the first between the top leaders of Taiwan and China in 66 years since Taiwan and China split at the end of the Chinese civil war in 1949. (By Liu Chien-pang and Jeffrey Wu)


Updated : 2021-09-28 12:24 GMT+08:00