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Taipei Protest 5
By Benedict Young
30 Mar 2014

March 30th 2014, mass rally in Taipei: The Sunflower Movement spread from a young group of student activists to citizens of all ages.

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Taipei Protest 13
By Benedict Young
30 Mar 2014

At the "4AM" sunflower movement protest in Taipei. The symbol of the sunflower has been interpreted in many ways by the protestors.

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Taipei Protest 12
By Benedict Young
30 Mar 2014

March 30th 2014, mass rally in Taipei: Young protestor sporting a V for Vendetta style mask.

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Taipei Protest 8
By Benedict Young
30 Mar 2014

March 30th 2014, mass rally in Taipei: Many of the older generation who lived through the white terror are still afraid to protest, fearing the brutal suppression they suffered in the past. However, the Sunflower Movement, lead by young students, has inspired many of the older generation to come out en masse and stand up for their beliefs.

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Taipei Protest 20
Taiwan
By Benedict Young
24 Mar 2014

His sign expresses solidarity amongst all the protestors. Initially student lead, the sunflower movement spread to all walks of life.

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Taipei Protest 19
Taiwan
By Benedict Young
24 Mar 2014

Have we got your attention yet? The protestors' unflappable resolve to keep going and to escalate the protests while sticking to non-violent means has caught international attention.

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Taipei Protest 18
By Benedict Young
24 Mar 2014

Have we got your attention yet? The protestors' unflappable resolve to keep going and to escalate the protests while sticking to non-violent means has caught international attention.

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Taipei Protest 17
Taiwan
By Benedict Young
24 Mar 2014

President Ma is lampooned for a comment in which he apparently said that antlers are the hair that grows out from a deer's ears. Since the slip, he has been mocked by references to antlers or portrayed with large tufts of hair growing out of his ears.

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Taipei Protest 15
Taiwan
By Benedict Young
24 Mar 2014

Some student protestors are so diligent in their studies that they took their books with them as they occupied the streets around the Legislative Yuan, continuing to study in the streets.

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Taiwan Sunflower Protestors
By Benedict Young
21 Mar 2014

Freedom of expression should be a basic human right. Pictured is a Taiwanese-language punk band, right after they performed at an spontaneous outdoor protest in Taiwan’s second most populous city Kaohsiung 3 days after the occupation of the Legislative Yuan. For now, musicians, writers and artists in Taiwan can express themselves freely, but many fear for their right to free speech without censorship should Beijing exert dominance on them.

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Taiwan Sunflower Protestors
Kaohsiung
By Benedict Young
20 Mar 2014

"No Cross-Strait Service Agreement" The demonstrators oppose the Cross-Strait Service Trade Agreement and are demanding the treaty be withdrawn and reconsidered. They are also advocating setting up a legal framework that would make close scrutiny of all future cross-Strait negotiations obligatory.

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Taiwan Sunflower Protestors
Kaohsiung
By Benedict Young
20 Mar 2014

“Selling Your Country For Personal Gain” President Ma is accused of taking a short-termist approach that benefits only him and various mega-rich cronies at expense of the integrity of the nation and the freedom of the people. The last Chinese character also contains a joke about deer antlers. Ma Ying-Jeou recently became a laughing stock for apparently suggesting that antlers are the hair that grows out from a deer’s ears.

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Taiwan Sunflower Protestors
Kaohsiung
By Benedict Young
20 Mar 2014

"(Even if you) 1. Blacken our names in the media. 2. Threaten us with gangsters. 3. Block our communication. 4. Cut off our electricity — We will let the whole world know you suck" The sign highlights the ruling KMT's attempts to label the student protestors as an irresponsible mob and the Kuomintang's previous infamy for using hired things against the people. He vows that even if they tried to silence the protestors by cutting communications they will let the whole world know what they are up to.

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Taiwan Sunflower Protestors
Kaohsiung
By Benedict Young
20 Mar 2014

The vast majority of those voicing the initial dissent over the government's handling of the Cross Strait Service Trade Agreement were young, educated and very peaceful people.

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Taiwan Sunflower Protestors
Kaohsiung
By Benedict Young
20 Mar 2014

“Against the Under the Table Agreement” – “Protect Taiwan”. Many are worried that Taiwan's national security will come under threat if their economy becomes flooded with communist government backed Chinese investment.

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Taiwan Sunflower Protestors
Kaohsiung
By Benedict Young
20 Mar 2014

"Save Democracy" - "God Bless Taiwan" Democracy was hard won in Taiwan; protestors fear being slowly absorbed into China and their democratic rights being stripped away.

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Taiwan Sunflower Protestors
Kaohsiung
By Benedict Young
20 Mar 2014

“Courses can be flunked, but democracy must not die” Student protestors answer calls from KMT officials for the students occupying the Legislative Yuan to 'go back home and get on with their studies'. Their point is that they are fighting for something far more important for their lives and futures than even their education; they are fighting for their democracy and freedom of speech.

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Taiwan Sunflower Protestors
Kaohsiung
By Benedict Young
20 Mar 2014

“I’m a Taiwanese person, I’m against the under-the-table deal” Previously, many people in Taiwan considered themselves both Taiwanese and Chinese (though, not communist Chinese). Now, the majority of people, especially the young, identify themselves as only Taiwanese.

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Taiwan Sunflower Protestors
Kaohsiung
By Benedict Young
20 Mar 2014

"If We Don't Rise Up Today, We Won't Be Able To Rise Up Tomorrow" This young protestor echoes the fears of many in his country. The Kuomintang may have brutalised Taiwan's people during the period of martial law 1949-1987, but they are now the elected government of a democratic country - a fact which some jibe President Ma has forgotten - life in Taiwan now in general is very peaceful, people have the freedom to speak out about politics and can express themselves. It is the prospect of a future under the jurisdiction of the Chinese communists that really frightens people here. At this point in time, peaceful protests such as the Sunflower Movement are tolerated in Taiwan; the President has to face public chastisement for ordering riot police to thuggishly remove young protesters from sit-in demonstrations; and eventually, his party will also have to seek re-election. No such recourse exists within China's regime however, and with the horrors of the Tiananmen Square crackdown still fresh in peoples minds, many demonstrators fear this could be their last chance to stand up for their freedom.

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Taiwan Sunflower Protestors
Kaohsiung
By Benedict Young
20 Mar 2014

This young man in Kaohsiung's sign reads “Down With The Black Box Deal”, black box meaning an under-the-table or backroom agreement. President Ma was criticised for ramming through the CSSTA Taiwan-China trade bill without bipartisan discussion; hence, it has been labelled a secretive and suspect agreement.

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Taiwan Sunflower Protestors
Kaohsiung
By Benedict Young
20 Mar 2014

“F**k the Under the Table Agreement" Young protestors in Taiwan are angry at President Ma's handling of the controversial Cross Strait Service Trade Agreement.

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Taiwan Sunflower Protestors
Kaohsiung
By Benedict Young
20 Mar 2014

Sunflower Movement protestors have occupied the Legislative Yuan for over two weeks now. Others, mainly students and some older citizens have joined in, camping out in areas surrounding the parliament. This young protestor urges stamina. Don't sleep, don't stop the civil disobedience until we get justice.

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Taiwan Sunflower Protestors
Kaohsiung
By Benedict Young
20 Mar 2014

This young protestor with striking colourful contact lenses is vows to let the world know what the sunflower movement means.