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Taiwan Sunflower Protestors
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By Benedict Young
31 Mar 2014

Over 100,000 people took the streets of Taiwan's capital Taipei on March 31, 2014. They are protesting against the ruling party's push for a trade pact with China, which they say will hurt the island's economy. Protesters dressed in black and carrying sunflowers to symbolize hope – protested in one of the largest demonstrations in recent years. The island of Taiwan split from China over 60 years ago after a civil war.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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.