Police begin evicting protesters occupying legislature
Taipei, March 19 (CNA) Police stormed the Legislature early Wednesday to evict more than 100 students who had been occupying the building since Tuesday evening in protest against the government's "unilateral" handling of a trade-in-services pact with China.
Some 1,000 members of the police force took part in the action to restore order inside the building which had seen serious scuffles between ruling and opposition party lawmakers over the past few days over the controversial trade deal with China.
Update: ●38 policemen injured, 4 protesters arrested in clashes (9:17 p.m. Wednesday / For latest developments, please click here.)●Opposition party mobilizes members, mulling 'long-term' protest●President calls for approval of cross-strait pact before June●Cabinet to respect how Legislature deals with protest●Speaker calls for self-restraint in Legislative standoff●Meetings canceled as protesters occupy Legislature●Student protesters repel police, hold Legislative chamber●Police step back from effort to evict students inside Legislature
Related stories:●March 19: DPP politicians try to protect students inside Legislature●March 19: Four injured during student storming of Legislature●March 18: Students dig in for prolonged occupation of Legislature●March 18: Protesters break police line, storm Legislature●March 18: Talk of the Day -- Service trade pact pushed forward amid chaos
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