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Updated 8:47 AM EST, Fri, Mar 05, 2021

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Protesting Taipei Students Leave Taiwan Parliament

(Photo : Reuters)

After 24 days of occupying the Taiwanese parliament, protesting students were calmed down and voluntarily left the building after being assured that the new trade agreement with mainland China will undergo careful legislative review.

The protesters are concerned that the pact with China will result in a loss of their jobs.

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A spokesman for the students claims that Taiwan's representative politics lost their function, and referred to the decision to enter into a deal with China as an obstruction to the public's involvement.

Protesters believe that the Kuomintang (Chinese Nationalist Party), Taiwan's ruling party, entered into an agreement without public consultation or detailed review of the deal.

The students decided to leave the Parliament building late Thursday, ending weeks of tension in the capital.

The students issued a statement before leaving their posts demanding that legislators  have a pact with China that will protect the territories' national security, cultural identity, democratic freedom and the environment.

On March 18, thousands of students stormed the Parliament building as well as the Cabinet building. The students decided to hold out at parliament with the support of some 200,000 protesters who marched through Taipei's streets.

The students were persuaded to leave but chanted out their demands while supporters on the streets cheered on.    

Police authorities assured the protesters that none will be arrested as long as violence will be avoided.

In Hunan province in mainland China, Prime Minister Li Keqiang met with former Taiwanese Vice President Vincent Siew on the sidelines of the Boao Forum on Asia and emphasized that China and Taiwan now have an "important opportunity" to further deepen their economic relations.

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