Back to list

Civic groups expect to hold talks with premier

2014/03/22 16:08:04

Outside the Legislative Yuan, Friday.

Taipei, March 22 (CNA) Civic groups occupying the parliament said Saturday they will send student representatives to hold talks with Premier Jiang Yi-huah, who reportedly will head to the Legislative Yuan to visit the protesters.

It would be the first time for the government to respond to student-protesters' request after they occupied the building since Tuesday.

Earlier in the day, the Presidential Office said it is willing to talk but will not accept the demand for talks made in the way that it has been made.

The protesters said they will send representatives Lin Fei-fan and Huang Yu-fen to talk with the premier, who reportedly will communicate with the students outside the building.

Chen Wei-ting, among the students who initiated the occupation, said they will not let Jiang simply "appease them and go back."

The students will make sure if Jiang could respond positively to their appeal, and if his remarks and promises represent the president, Chen said.

They will also demand that the service trade pact with China be returned to the committees of the Legislature, and related supervision mechanism be passed by the end of current legislative session.

(By Chen Wei-ting and Lee Hsin-Yin; click here for an update of the story.)