Taiwan's Sunflower Student Movement is still going strong as it nears the end of its third week of occupation of the country's Legislative Yuan (the national congress building). The takeover of the building in downtown Taipei by a group of student activists was sparked by a ruling-party attempt to ram through a far-reaching free-trade pact with China that most Taiwanese see as a threat to their young democracy (the Services Trade Agreement).
President Ma Ying-Jeou has so far refused the student demands, which include 1) establishment of a legislative oversight function for all agreements negotiated with Beijing, and 2) sending back the Services Trade Agreement until it can be subjected to such new oversight. China, just across the 110-mile strait from Taiwan, has long claimed the island as part of its territory.
Today I'll post photos I've taken since the protest began. Click on photos to enlarge.
My other posts on the Sunflower Movement discuss the soft news blackout on Taiwan in American TV and cable media and offer a rough analysis of the interplay between economics and politics in this standoff.