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Protesting students break into Executive Yuan

Protesters gather in front of the Executive Yuan building after breaching a gate Sunday evening.
Protesters gather in front of the Executive Yuan building after breaching a gate Sunday evening.

Taipei, March 23 (CNA) Some students in a protest rally against a trade pact with China entered the Executive Yuan from a back door of the building Sunday.

They demanded that President Ma Ying-jeou apologize, Premier Jiang Yi-huah step down and the government withdraw the pact from the Legislature, which is obligated to review the pact.

Reporters at the protest site said they spotted a few of the protesters broke into the Executive Yuan, one block away from the Legislature which has been occupied by protesters – mostly students – since last Tuesday.

(By Liu Chien-pang and Elizabeth Hsu) enditem/sc

Developments so far: (last updated on April 5; for further reports, please click here.)

Video reports:Mass protests held in Taipei on March 30

China reacts to trade pact dispute

Taiwan divided over trade pact

April 5:●Local labor groups voice concerns over free trade impactTaiwan must give to receive in trade liberalization: industry headTerry Gou cancels Legislature visit but hopes to talk with studentsProtesters hold 'people's assembly' to discuss monitoring draft bill[Participants of the sit-in outside the Legislative Yuan conduct their own review of bills governing signing of accords with China Saturday. CNA photo April 5, 2014]●2,800 bills stalled as Legislature occupation heads toward 3rd week

April 4:●Civic groups launch petition, parade to urge students to 'go home'Executive Yuan, police deny dispersion rumorsNo U.S. pressure on DPP over student-led protest: party officialPublic disappointed at both parties over trade pact dispute: pollProtesters propose 'civic parliament'Speaker would not object to eviction of protesters: newspaperU.S. calls on Taiwan protesters to act 'responsibly'

[Participants of the sit-in outside the Legislative Yuan early Friday. CNA photo April 4, 2014]

April 3:●President open to debate over trade pact: premierDPP blasts administration proposal for national conferencePremier sets June for national economic conference46% of Taiwanese identify with student protesters: government pollEconomics minister worried stalled pact may hamper other dealStudent protest impacts equity market performance: FSC headDPP urged to come clean on China pact as review is stalledCabinet approves draft law on oversight of cross-strait pacts (update)

[The podium in the Legislative Yuan's main chamber is decorated as an alter Thursday. CNA photo April 3, 2014]

April 2:●Control Yuan may question premier, police chief on protester removalPremier warns of 'unprecedented' challenge if pact not enactedPresident firm on no withdrawal of China services pactStudent leader: dialogue with president needs trade pact revisionProtests show people's lack of trust in Beijing: culture ministerKMT lawmaker says DPP has 'no more control' of student protestersCommittee session cut short by DPP obstructionCabinet vows to act against illegal activitiesDPP lawmakers obstruct legislature conferencePact row could harm Greater China economic integration: ANZPolice increase presence at Legislature amid new student action

[Inside the Legislative Yuan's main chamber early Wednesday. CNA photo April 2, 2014]

April 1:●Confrontation erupts outside Legislature over China pact (update)Draft bill to monitor cross-strait pact to be discussed ThursdayKMT caucus to discuss law governing cross-strait agreements WednesdayDPP rejects KMT's call to end trade pact obstructionConfrontation erupts outside Legislature amid fears of violenceThink tank reiterates China pact's importance to Taiwan's economy

[Lin Fei-fan (in black), a leading figure in the ongoing occupation of the Legislative Yuan's main chamber since March 18, is interviewed by Al Jazeera English for its program "The Stream" early Tuesday. CNA photo April 1, 2014]

March 31:●Government will not tolerate violence against violence: spokesmanLegislative speaker calls for wisdom to help end stalemateKMT lawmaker apologizes, says DPP should do the sameLatest meeting on services pact in Legislature fails againU.S. stance on protests against pact with China unchanged: AITLabor, business groups voice support for trade pact with ChinaDPP calls U.S. scholar's views of student movement slanderActivist profiles: the leaders of the Sunflower Student Movement

[Taiwanese studying in Germany gather at Berlin's Alexanderplatz Sunday to show their support for ongoing protest in Taiwan against a trade-in-services agreement with China. CNA photo March 31, 2014]

Undeterred by rally, president urges protesters to end occupationOfficials talk to students about services pact with ChinaWoman files complaint against student leaders over occupationProtests against trade pact may slow domestic recovery: Morgan StanleyLawmakers' efforts to get back to business off to bad startLegislative speaker equivocal on how to break impasse

[Around 300 Taiwanese living in the United Kingdom gather at London's Trafalgar Square Sunday to show their support for ongoing protest in Taiwan against a trade-in-services agreement with China. CNA photo March 31, 2014]

March 30:●Failure to pass trade pact could affect young people's future: MaProtesters in front of Presidential Office leave peacefullyServices pact will not necessarily benefit Chinese investorsStudent leader vows continued occupation of Legislature (update)Police guard student representatives of protestersOver 110,000 take to streets to widen protest over China pact (update-2)

DDP leaders show up at protest rallyAnti-service trade pact protest draws 500 in Hong KongHundreds rally to demand pact protesters go back to schoolTens of thousands take to streets to widen protest over China pact (update)Government to hold trade pact presentations at universitiesPolice dispatched, traffic control in place in preparation for protest

[Sun flowers, a symbol of the ongoing student movement against a trade pact with China, are placed on Ketagalan Boulevard in front of the Presidential Office Sunday morning. CNA photo March 29, 2014]

March 29:●Demonstration will continue as planned: student leaderPresident's response to protesters draws mixed reactionsBusiness association leaders call on students to end occupation (update)

President Ma's remarks made during Saturday's news conference:Trade pact has built-in safety measures: presidentTrade pact backed by many sectors: presidentPresident backs legalizing scrutiny of cross-strait agreements (update)President calls news conference to address protesters' demands

Two rallies held by groups opposing protesters' occupation of the Legislature:●White shirts: Students' action does not represent all Taiwanese: groups (update)●Carnations: Hundreds gather to urge student protesters to go home (update)

[Participant of the "Carnation embraces Sun Flower" gather in front of Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall in Taipei Saturday. CNA photo March 29, 2014]

Talk of the Day -- Maneuvers before showdownUniversity head acting as mediator between government, protestersService trade pact with China can boost financial sector: expertStandoff continues as Legislative speaker cancels talksDPP heavyweights to attend protest rallyPresident's press conference over student protest rescheduled

[A protester taking part in a sit-in outside the Legislative Yuan shows an ad paid by groups against a service trade agreement between Taiwan and China in the International New York Times Saturday. CNA photo March 29, 2014]

March 28:●Student leader says mass protest may be canceled if Ma shows goodwillPresident Ma still holds out hopes for dialogue with studentsTaiwan stands to lose if trade pact not approved: central bank headECCT warns of potentially adverse effects of trade pact protestsSaturday counter-protests to urge students to 'go home'KMT lawmakers to return to Legislature next weekOutspoken Facebook users voice support for policeLatest meeting to end legislative stalemate on pact fails again

[A painting of sun flower sits outside the Legislative Yuan Friday. The student protesters occupying the main legislative chamber since March 18 have chosen the sunflower as the symbol of their movement against the handling of the trade-in-services pact with China. CNA photo March 28, 2014]

Time for protests to yield to democratic process: New Taipei mayorTalk of the Day -- Police scrutinized for eviction enforcementPremier urges 'peace and rationality' ahead of Sunday protestJiang rejects two demands by student-led protestersPremier open to legalizing scrutiny of cross-strait agreements

March 27:●Lawmakers should foot the bill for Legislature damage: protest leaderOccupation movement plans rally in front of Presidential OfficeTalk of the Day -- China defends trade-in-services pact with TaiwanPremier insists on constitutional democracyPremier instructs officials to reach out to universitiesKMT shoots down protesters' condition for ending occupationCross-party consultations on China trade pact yield no progressKMT agrees to return service trade pact to committees

[Outside the Legislative Yuan's chamber, Thursday morning. CNA photo March 27, 2014]

March 26:●Cabinet to review police dispersal of protestersDialogue with students can be aired in public: presidentAcademia Sinica head urges Ma to communicate more over pactChina pact deadlock can be best resolved in Legislature: president (in an interview with The Economist)

No wiretapping of student protesters: security officialTalk of the Day -- Legislators most to blame for parliamentary paralysis

[A man wearing a headband supporting Taiwan's trade-in-services pact with China sits among a group of people protesting the pact outside the Legislative Yuan. Opponents of the agreement have occupied the Legislature's floor since March 18, drowning out voices supporting the pact. CNA photo March 26, 2014]

President denies 'no transparency' accusation over China pactPresident, protesters repeat calls for talks with 'no preconditions'Legislature talks over pact to wait until president meets protesters

[National University of Kaohsiung faculty and students hold a candlelight vigil on campus in the southern city Tuesday night, in support of student protesters in Taipei. CNA photo March 26, 2014]

March 25:●Legislative speaker seeking end to standoff over trade pactBusiness groups call for tolerance to end standoff over trade pactMotorcycle gang members turned over to prosecutorsCross-party talk on services trade pact standoff fails again

[A local cable news channel's satellite vehicle that is parked outside the Legislative Yuan Monday is covered by protesting notes for allegedly "biased" coverage. CNA photo March 25, 2014]

Student leader of protest at Cabinet building releasedTaiwan has no plan on ads campaigning for services pact with ChinaPresident willing to talk with student protesters (update)

[Protesters sleeping on Taipei's Qingdao East Road wake up to the eighth day of a sit-in outside the Legislative Yuan Monday. CNA photo March 25, 2014]

Ex-DPP chairwoman plays down connection with student protestersEconomics minister defends cross-strait pactPolice show relative moderation when dispersing crowd: scholarU.S. hopes for peaceful, civil debate over China trade pact

[A flare thrown by bikers passing by the sit-in on Qingdao East Road outside the Legislature causes disturbance Monday night. CNA photo March 25, 2014]

March 24:●For the premier's remarks made during today's news conference, please go to: Premier open to talks, expresses 'sadness' over occupation

For developments regarding the legislative review of the service trade pact: Legislative speaker vows to resolve deadlock over cross-strait pact

For the ongoing dispute's impact on tourism and other business: Political turmoil could hurt Taiwan tourism: industry leaders

174 injured in Sunday operation, including 119 police (10:50 p.m.)●Taipei, New Taipei mayors pledge zero tolerance to violenceProsecutors seek to detain student organizer of Cabinet break-inOver 40 student groups back 'strike' to oppose China pact61 arrested during attempted occupation of Executive YuanNo more backup police to Taipei: Kaohsiung, TainanFormer premier affected during crackdown at Executive Yuan●Protesters to seek charges against premier for police crackdown137 sent to hospitals during week-long protest: bureau[All cleared around the Executive Yuan, on Zhongxiao East Road and Zhongshan South Road in Taipei. CNA photo March 24, 2014]

[The clean-up at the Executive Yuan in Taipei. CNA photo March 24, 2014]

Executive Yuan protesters dispersed with water cannons[On Zhongxiao East Road and Zhongshan South Road in Taipei. CNA photo March 24, 2014]

Students' association calls for 'strike' to support protestsIll-prepared police jumped by protesters twiceDozens hospitalized as police remove protesters from Executive Yuan[Removal of protesters around the Executive Yuan. CNA photo March 24, 2014]

Police begin to disperse protesters at Executive Yuan(CNA photo March 24, 2014)●Executive Yuan main building cleared of protestersOfficial denies breach of premier's office

March 23:●DPP calls for calm, safety of students as police action loomsPresident backs premier order to evict intruders from Executive YuanPremier orders police to evict protesters from Executive Yuan (update)[A sit-in in front of the Executive Yuan Sunday night. CNA photo March 23, 2014]

Police moving to arrest protesters damaging government properties9 injured, sent to hospitals as protesters break into Executive YuanProtesters enter Executive Yuan, extending occupation movement frontline[Demonstrators climb through windows of the Executive Yuan Sunday evening. CNA photo March 23, 2014]

(Click here for developments since the Legislature occupation starting March 18.)

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