Maori-Taiwan exchange group forges ties

The Wild East / Culture

NEW FRIENDS: Despite the language barrier Eru Paranihi forges a friendship with an indigenous Taiwanese elder

Six Maori media studies undergraduates from Aukland University of Technology (AUT) made a tour of Taiwan in January this year, where they learned about its indigenous people. Creative media projects between New Zealand and Taiwan could be on the cards after the two-week cultural exchange.

The trip was organized by the ATAYAL Organization, a not-for-profit aiming to unite worldwide indigenous communities.

The group had comprised Maori film students, university faculty from Auckland, New Zealand as well as Maori elders.

During the two weeks, they visited Aboriginal villages, museums and archaeological sites in New Taipei City, Greater Taichung, Hualien County and Taitung County. They also met Aboriginal and film students from Chaoyang University of Technology, National Dong Hwa University and Jin Shan High School.

TAP ROOT CULTURAL EXCHANGE

The exchange came about after the students met film-maker Tony Coolidge, who is also the director of the Tap Root Cultural Exchange Program, at the Wairoa Maori Film Festival in 2012.

Coolidge is American-Taiwanese, and after his mother’s death he discovered she was actually Atayal tribe, from Wulai, northern Taiwan. He moved to Taiwan, reuniting with his mother’s side of the family and began exploring his heritage through writing and film.

He was so impressed with the AUT students he invited them to Taiwan. During the 15-day visit the students met with indigenous elders and visited the country’s national indigenous university.

ONCE IN A LIFETIME

The trip was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for participants such as Eru Paranihi from New Windsor, opening his mind to possibilities of future travel or even creative collaborations.

Paranihi, 26, says he was blown away by the experience. “Overall it was a cultural exchange, two different cultures mingling and meeting each other. It was the indigenous people of this county, the Maori, meeting up with indigenous Taiwanese to share our cultures.”

While there, he learned of the potential for joint media projects.

“One of the coolest things for a media student was for future cooperative projects,” he says. “There is a trade agreement between New Zealand and Taiwan and that includes media organisations, so if it’s a planned co-operation between indigenous Taiwanese and Maori then not only can they apply for funding from their sources but they can apply for funding from here, and likewise we can apply over there — provided it’s a co-operative.”

A film charting the journey of an indigenous Taiwanese person coming to New Zealand is one idea he has for a co-production.

Another highlight was meeting an elderly woman with whom he was able to forge a connection despite not sharing a language. The 97-year-old spoke only her indigenous language and a smattering of Japanese so conversation had to be relayed through her Chinese-speaking son and a translator.

“From the whole trip this was the person who will stay with me forever.
The person I will remember the most is her. She just had a beautiful soul. It was a privilege to meet her.”

The pair bonded by sharing some sweets and were able to communicate on their own through body language.

“I was just my cheeky self with her and she was laughing,” Paranihi says.

From a media perspective he says there are things both countries can learn from each other. “With their indigenous media it’s just recently got up and running, where we have TVNZ that plays some Maori programs and Maori Television.

“They are just finding their feet. But they have more programming catered towards their elders which is something we could do, but in saying that they could probably cater more to their youth because that’s who you want to target to revitalize your language. They are the next generation who are going to use the language.”

“I think their biggest challenge is it’s a lot harder for them to have their voices heard than for Maori to be heard. But they are getting there.”

AUSTRONESIAN SIMILARITIES

Michael Wikiriwhi-Heta closed his eyes as Atayal elder Sigi Uming blessed his pendant, wishing the students from New Zealand a safe trip and a fruitful future. During a visit to the Atayal Facial Tattoo Studio in Hualien, the Maori delegation met with Uming, currently one of the few remaining indigenous elders with facial tattoos.

At the age of 92, Uming’s Atayal tattoos were the result of centuries of traditional practice before the art was forbidden during the Japanese occupation, and later by the Kuomintang (Chinese Nationalist Armies that fled to Taiwan in 1949). Uming’s life and spirit deeply inspired the delegation.

Following their trip to Wulai, the delegation traveled to the East and
South of Taiwan, visiting various universities along the way, as well as indigenous museums including Peinan Culture Park (卑南文化公園) and the National Museum of Prehistory (國立台灣史前 文化博物館) in Taitung.

During their visits to the park and the museum, the delegation noted
some more Austronesian similarities in the ancient tools used by the
prehistoric ancestors of both Taiwan and New Zealand.

The group was even honored with the Rukai rendition of the Haka dance — an ancestral war dance of the Maori people — during their visit to Taromak village. To repay their sincerity, the delegation embraced their hosts in Hongi, an honorable gesture much like a handshake with two people touching foreheads, as well as returning a Haka gesture with just as much prowess and respect to their hosts.

“When the Maori group visited the Rukai tribe in Taromak Village, the way they were greeted and treated made them feel very much at home,” said ATAYAL Organization Executive Director Tony Coolidge.” There was a lot of tribal spirit shared through their hospitality, song and dance.”

‘UNITED IN DANCE’

Tobie Openshaw, one of filmmakers documenting the trip also found the interactions between the Maori and other tribes to be enchanting. “At the “At the Dream Community, we had a mini-dance festival with Taiwanese indigenous groups, and others doing Hawaiian, Fijian and other cultural dances,” said Openshaw. “After the performances, all the dancers were on stage and it was as if they were just one big happy family, united in dance.”

Creating potential film collaborations between Maori and the local indigenous film industry was one of the main objectives of
the delegation’s visit, and as such workshops featuring guest speakers
and film festivals were scheduled with universities such as Dong Hwa and Chaoyang University of Technology (朝陽科技大學). However, certain plans for film screenings from AUT students such as rising star Reece Howard were not carried out, due to time and budget constraints.

For students like Mahia Ponga-Fou, the trip sparked the idea of a possible documentary about the fight for cultural recognition. “I have been told by students and people I met in Taiwan wan that they never really fought for their culture,” said Ponga-Fou, “I hope that it will change some time through the future. In New Zealand,
Maori ancestors and chiefs went through a lot to keep our culture
alive, but yet at this day we are still fighting to be recognized and revitalizing the culture and language.”

For others like Kahurangi Peke-King-Minnear, the trip, though lacking in translation at times, was nevertheless enjoyable. “In my opinion, having a sponsor would have helped a bit,” said Peke-King-Minnear, “and I guess having time to really appreciate what we experienced would have been awesome.”

CULTURAL DEMOCRACY LESSONS LEARNED

The Maori group gave a performance at every stop throughout the trip, though not completely voluntarily, said Makarita (Maaki) Howard, who lectures about Maori traditions at her university.

“In New Zealand, we don’t expect our guests to entertain; whereas we have been required to entertain,” she said. She added that being required to perform had hurt the students’ feelings.

For her, the best part was their first stop at Greater Taichung’s Chao Yang University of Technology, where film students of both schools engaged with each other in workshops, forums and film screenings.

WE CALLED IT ‘JAMMING’

Even with a few misunderstandings, Howard and Ansell still considered the journey “an amazing experience,” citing the meet with the Taromak Rukai people as one of the most memorable parts.

One evening the Maoris and Rukai people talked to one another about their cultures by a campfire. “We called it jamming; it was great fun,” Howard said.

He added that he felt familiar with the way Rukai people socialize.

The Rukai hosts learned the Haka dance — an ancestral war dance of the Maori people — from the Internet and performed it for their guests.

“They did it really well, and we did the same in return,” Howard said.

Now, after bidding E noho ra, Maori for Goodbye, to Taiwan,
some of the students avidly talked about the possibility of returning to
Taiwan.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS LEFT TO DO

After the Maori visitors returned to New Zealand, ATAYAL’s Tony Coolidge said he regretted the fundraising didn’t come through as expected and the group’s film project hadn’t panned out as planned.

“The film [Beyond Hawaiki] is not in development yet; it’s been put aside,” Coolidge told the Taipei Times.

He explained that all financial support they had gained over the past year and a half went into the two-week pilot run of the Tap Root Cultural Exchange Program, which promotes mutual understanding between the Maoris and Aboriginal peoples in Taiwan.

HOW TO HELP: DONATE

Says Coolidge in an interview with the Wild East, “We are currently putting together board members and raising funds to create a new organization in Taiwan to continue the mission that the Tap Root Cultural Exchange Program laid the groundwork for. The proposed name for the organization is the Austronesian Cultural end Economic Cooperation Association (南島民族文化與經濟合作協會). The mission of the organization is evident through the name, with seeds already planted through our activities for expanded cooperation between Taiwan, New Zealand and other Austronesian (Pacific) nations.”

Coolidge continued: “The new organization will make it much easier for Taiwan to enjoy the benefits of international activities and grow the interest overseas in cultural tourism and trade with Taiwan. Pride in Taiwan’s first cultures, the Austronesian cultures, should be a benefit for all Taiwanese citizens, as it can sit at the table of international communities through its unique cultural connections with them.”

“Support us with a donation,” he urges, “so we can pay for our registration and hire full-time staff to organize our volunteers and complete new projects. We learned from our first Tap Root Cultural Exchange Program that most problems can be resolved with adequate support and funding. This organization is in a unique position to build more bridges between the indigenous communities of Taiwan, foreigners in Taiwan, and international organizations.”

Visit and donate at the ATAYAL web site: http://www.atayal.org/donate.php

Sources: stuff.co.nz
Taipei Times
The China Post

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David Wood’s book launch ‘absolutely successful’

One participant at the book launch, Gloria, described the packed event as an 'absolutely successful' evening. Photo: Trista di Genova


The Wild East / Entertainment

BIRDS IN CAGES AT THE BIKE REPAIR SHOP is David Wood’s first book of poems, and on Saturday, April 12th 2014 we invited you to join us at Retro Coffee, for a night of poetry and song.

Several Poets and Songwriters from around Taiwan performed, and it turned out to be a very eclectic blend of voices.

We hope this event may be a jumping-off point for poetry in Taichung, or a push in the right direction! So consider this an open call to all poets, writers, creative minds.

Get in touch. Get involved. And let’s make things happen!

FEATURED PERFORMERS:
Sean Luo
Trista di Genova
David R. Braden
Hanz Breezy
Schoen Oslund
David Wood
Karen & Mojo

See a clip of David Wood here.

And Trista di Genova here , performing ‘The Motoche Song’, ‘Dear China’ and ‘Tanks for everything”

MC: Reverend Dave Lowe

ADDRESS:
No. 116, Sec 1, Wuquan W. Rd., Taichung 403
台中市五權西路一段116號

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‘Sunflower’ kids to pack up and go home

Sunflower Movement supporters line up behind student leaders Lin Fei-fan and Chen Wei-ting, as they announce a decision to leave the occupied legislature -- cleaning up after themselves as they go. Photo: Ian Rowen

Trista di Genova The Wild East, politics

Taipei, April 9 – Claiming in an April 7 press statement in the legislature they had made significant progress in achieving their goals, the student leaders Chen Wei-ting (陳為廷) and Lin Fei-fan (林飛帆) announced the so-called Sunflower Movement and its supporters would end their three-week occupation of the Taiwan legislature by Thursday 6pm.

Chen, a sociology student in Hsinchu, said upon some reflection that the first thing he would do after leaving the occupied legislature is “cry.”

The other leader, Lin Fei-fan, a political science student at National Taiwan University, said this decision to end the emotionally charged 21-day occupation of the Legislative Yuan was done by ‘consensus’, although the announcement came as a surprise to all but the supporters behind them at the press conference.

They said the students would clean up the legislature after themselves, urged supporters to help each other in avoiding potential political persecution, and deflected calls for further revolution and reporters’ questions regarding creating a new political party.

The two leaders, who are well-known in Taiwan for speaking out on many critical issues in the past (such as Miaoli 2013), said they would form a new organization to hold political leaders to their promises.

The students’ decision followed Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng’s (王金平) announcement, promising April 6 to enact a law regulating pacts with China before resuming the process of deliberating the cross-strait service trade pact. Wang has promised that oversight will be applied before any other pacts are passed, including the one being protested about at the moment.

The KMT (Chinese Nationalist Party) in control of the executive and legislative majority was reportedly ‘shocked’ at the unilateral action, and rejected the speaker’s promise.

In fact, Fei, KMT caucus deputy secretary, said he felt the party was “betrayed and sold out” by Wang, who “did not communicate with the party caucus before releasing the statement and made us who stood beside him appear to blindly endorse his views.”

Lin, the KMT party caucus whip: “DPP had agreed to have a clause-by-clause discussion and vote in last year’s inter-party negotiation. To say not to carry out negotiation anymore does not mean that the former ones are no longer binding.”

Lin the caucus whip then called on the students to leave the Legislative Yuan immediately for the 10 versions of the draft bill on cross-strait agreements oversight mechanism “to be handed to the committee by the legislative floor meeting.”

Lin said the non-government version of the draft will also be included.

“You keep saying the legislation is to be done prior to the review, but the reality is that we cannot even legislate now with the floor being occupied,” he said.

ACCOMPLISHMENTS?

At first the Sunflower Movement’s accomplishments may seem negligible. But they did manage to peacefully seize control of the Legislature, send out a clear message on the need for greater transparency in cross-strait trade issues, and bring international attention and a temporary halt to the highly controversial issue of cross-strait trade relations.

Moreover, the three-week peaceful siege may have dealt a death blow for an already unpopular President Ma, whose approval ratings have sunk to single digits.

Student leaders Chen and Lin point out that even Ma’s own party have lost confidence in the KMT’s party leader, currently serving his second and last term.

– Additional sources for this article include reporting by Ian Rowen and Dave Johnson.

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Students to end occupation of Taiwan legislature Thursday

Photos and text via Ian Rowen

April 7, Taipei — Chen Wei-Ting announces that the Sunflower Movement has achieved significant progress in the pursuit of its goals. The world has heard the news. Students are already forming a new organization to hold legislators to their promises to the people. The occupation of the Legislative Yuan will end this Thursday at 6pm. All are welcome to gather before the end. Lin Feifan answers question, explains that students will clean up after themselves, should support each other through possible political persecution, and are open to future reflection. Students and supporters stand behind in solidarity. The press conference ends as Weiting and Feifan say this decision was achieved through consensus, deflect radical calls for revolution, and put off questions about possibly forming a new political party. The occupation nears its close, just as new possibility for democratic action in Taiwan and the world at large comes closer into view. Inside Sunflower Movement Ground Zero, the occupied Legislative Yuan, Hour 515, Day 21. Relief, sadness, joy.

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‘The Tiger Awakens’: An observer’s view of the Sunflower Movement

di Genova is an anthropologist and novelist, pleasantly exiled in Taiwan for over a decade.

Trista di Genova / Politics & Commentary

March 30, 2014

I don’t read the newspapers or watch TV, since I lost my job in the media. Now I prefer to just show up and ask questions, and listen to what people say.

On the way to Taipei, now, and to the Legislature, thinking about how suddenly this all happened. On the evening of March 23, students occupied the legislature.

Why? The Kuomintang (KMT) President Ma apparently tried to ram a China Trade Pact through the legislature.

SEIZING THE PLATFORM

In response, last week students stormed the Legislative Yuan, occupied the speaker’s podium and have held this prime bit of property ever since.

Freelancer Dave Johnson captured video of the nasty fray of that first evening, which involves water cannons and police officers who look like they don’t really want to be there.

Last Sunday, I visited he to hand out candy to thank the student protestors. Wire fences close down all avenues to the Presidential Palace.

Now, behind them, as their leaders speak extemporaneously on the platform, is a hand-painted sign in English it says “5% President Ma Ying-jeou forced the legislature” to pass the China Trade Pact.

This is an amazing story!

I want to know more details of what really happened at that point in time, a) notably, Ma’s relations with the Yuan at that time; and 2) what really happened the night the students took over the legislature? I feel if that is truly the case, Ma should be forced out of office.

In this sense, the Taiwan people are right to wake up in alarm; they fear this trade pact would be ‘selling’ Taiwan out to China. People fear Taiwan will be sucked into China like the case of Hong Kong, and are furious at Ma for this.

BE PROUD.

Many of my friends — foreign and Taiwanese alike — feel like I do right now.

Foreign observers such as myself unanimously seem to feel so proud of Taiwanese people.

The Taiwanese people are such a kind and good-hearted people, and have had such a long, often sad history of being squelched. From Koxinga to the KMT to the Japanese, for so long their desire and quest for creating an autonomous republic have until now always been crushed by these successive and oppressive administrations.

Taiwanese have long been denied a right to autonomy, and statehood, and recognition as its own separate entity: Taiwan. Pray for Taiwan, is one of their spontaneous slogans of this purely peaceful and democratic show of one’s love of country. This is pure patriotism.

So it is exciting to see the tiger awaken — the Taiwanese people’s sudden, fierce spring to action, in the defence of their own interests, immediate and long-term.

WISH FULFILLMENT

After former DPP President Chen Shui-bian was thrown in jail for 17 years for corruption, now we see the people’s occupation of the legislature. Their demands are what? That is another question to ask of them. Are they demanding Ma step down?

He’s seen even by those who voted for him in both elections as ‘weak’. Ma’s nearly inexistent approval ratings haven’t improved with his recent statements a few days ago, urging the Taiwanese to ‘respect the law’, and that the trade pact would help Taiwan’s ‘competitive edge’. Like Taiwan’s economy needs any help! They don’t call it an Asian Tiger for nothing!

Another thing I’d like to know: How did the students take over, logistically, how did they overpower the police?! It makes me afraid that if our American friends tried this stunt in Washington, DC, there would be quite a lot of bloodshed and a lot of taser gun deaths.
America is not the democracy it was meant to be.

No, this feels like democracy in action.

DON”T TRY THIS AT HOME ha. It’s sad to say, this probably would not be accomplished without taser deaths and other bloodshed back home in the US of A.

DAVE JOHNSON COVERED THE LEGISLATURE DURING THIS TIME:

I watch the TV. Even though my Chiineese she is poor, but it’s a good chance to improve, for want of understanding, finally.

I admire the students for their sudden, fierce bravery, and feel the Strawberry Generation has finally graduated… into the students’ Sunflower Movement.

What is the Sunflower Revolution?

It is peaceful, with healthy elements of derision, for instance in the recent banana ‘trend,’ there is much public mocking of a legislator, who insisted publicly the sunflowers used by the students were actually bananas).

And the image on television that made me laugh outright today (30 March) was that of a stolen Ministry of Foreign Affairs sign being held up as a type of booty; defaced and stolen, by all appearances! I will explore the satirical elements of this movement further, later.

But these recent developments make it almost worthwhile to get myself a TV after avoiding them all these years!

Having studied political science at Berkeley under Alan Ross and Taylor E. Dark III, I can safely say this is by far the most inspiring political event I have ever witnessed!

– Trista di Genova is a writer, painter and poet, pleasantly exiled in Taiwan for over a decade.

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A photo-filmic essay of the Sunflower Movement

Part One: The Approach

by Trista di Genova / The Wild East

Sunday morning, March 30, 2014. I was watching television in the Pingtung countryside at the loagong‘s. I saw how the streets around the legislature were filled with what turned out to be 500,000 people.

The Laogong was visibly irritated. “Don’t worry, be happy,” tried to cheer him. This is great, bebe! After all this time, the Taiwanese people are rising up, waking up, once and for. They’re using their voice, spontaneously and collectively calling for long-denied democracy in Taiwan. Guess this dashes China’s and the KMT’s hopes for a ‘peaceful reunification’ with the Motherland, Mainland.

Hands trembling with excitement, traveled up-’country’ via bus, posting tv news clips for my FB friends. Finally a reason to watch TV! One influential person shared the news clips, saying there a revolution is happening in Taiwan.

Yes, it’s a Sunflower Revolution

The sunflower was adopted as a symbol of the Sunflower Movement, it was described to me during a visit inside the Taiwan Legislative Yuan by a student, as “a symbol of hope” and openness to a bright future.

What does the Sunflower Movement mean? I wondered. What really happened? What are they standing for now, and are they making any demands?

And I was nearly dying to know: How did students pull off taking control over the legislature, I really, really was insanely curious about this.

It was described to me by Oliver Chen, in charge of international media contact for the students, who are camped everywhere throughout the building, sleeping on the steps, camping out, for 12 days at that point. There are friends of mine who have camped out there for days, 7 days in one case.

Stay tuned for Part II, “Inside the Sunflower-controlled legislature”.

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Newsflash! U.S. writer/publisher declares presidential candidacy

American educator and anthropologist, Trista di Genova, declared her candidacy for the U.S. presidency, taking the opportunity of her press statement at the Taiwan legislature, to congratulate Taiwan students for their show of 'utmost democracy'. She urged them to continue their struggle, until the power to the people is fully restored. .

The Wild East / Politics

“I’m taking this opportunity,” April 1st, April Fools Day, “because it’s time for fools like you and me, to rush into democracy.”

Presidential candidate Trista di Genova has declared presidential candidacy — while abroad.

During her announcement at the speaker’s podium of the Taiwan student-occupied legislature in Taipei, Taiwan, she expressed full and whole-hearted support of the spontaneous creation of a democratic movement by the Taiwan students, who have been waging the so-called Sunflower Revolution, ‘full of hope’ for the future as the symbol has been described.

Students have taken control of the legislature, occupying it since the night of March 18, 4.am. Surprised by the peaceful coup, police were shut out and the doors barricaded with sofas and boxes and chairs, “whatever we could find to shut them out,” said media coordinator, Oliver Chen on Sunday night.

Until now the students have only pressed for the passage of another trade bill, which would give more civic input in the process of legislation, Chen explained.

As it is, the students have been broadcasting from the speaker’s podium, mainly through leaders Lin Fei-fan, an NTU student, and fellow student Chen Wei-ting, she added. The students are well-known for having stood up in defense of the interests of farmers, environmentalists and a host of other populist interests.

Actually, the hand-painted yellow and black sign behind the student leaders claims that ROC President Ma Ying-jeou forced the legislature to pass a cross-strait agreement, “in 3 seconds.”

When asked for kclarification: “It was 30 seconds,” says International media coordinator, Oliver Chen.

No matter. A sunflower is the difference of 20 seconds. And the candidate said,

“From hard experience in the America, seize the moment, while you can,” urges di Genova of the thousands-strong group of students and ordinary citizens, some of them who have camped out for days since the revolution’s inception. “The people protect the legislature,” Chen observed. As volunteer doctors enter and leave, the students cheer them in thanks. Also on hand are volunteer lawyers.

The candidate expressed admiration for the Sunflower Movement, as it is now called, and toured the legislature Sunday evening before making the statement announcing her candidacy presidency in the United States.

“The Taiwan model shows me that the people can really take control of their country, if they just act to do so. The Taiwan students are an inspiration to me, and the world.”

Wearing a t-shirt worn only by insiders — organizers of the Revolution, the American Oxford and Berkeley graduate and novelist Trista di Genova, added the statement while at the speaker’s podium of the Taiwan Legislature on Sunday, March 30, 11:00 pm.

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Gangsters counter-protest student-occupied legislature

Via NTU (National Taiwan University) E News Forum

Counter-protestors descended upon the Sunflower-occupied Taiwan legislative Yuan this afternoon (Tues 4/1), demanding the students returned legislature.【場外即時】

A counter-protest against the students occupying the Legislative Yuan has been taking place this afternoon, with supporters of CSSTA claiming that student leaders Lin Fei-fan and Chen Wei-ting should be arrested for the illegal occupation of the legislature. Although rainy weather early in the morning forced many sitting on the streets to leave and seek shelter, as word spread of the counter-protest, led by infamous gangster “White Wolf” Chang An-lo, crowds supporting the students quickly amassed to block the counter-protesters.

CSSTA supporters chanted, “The students are the gangsters!”, with Chang An-lo shouting on a truck through a megaphone.

Supporters of the Sunflower Movement chanted, “Gangsters go back!”, while Chang retorted with, “So you DPP guys are not corrupt?” “So you people have never sucked up to gangsters?”, and “You are Chinese bastards, China doesn’t want you people.”

When the police called for restraint, Chang demanded for the students to “Return the legislature.”

This just published 8:01 pm, observations of foreign media worker: “I am watching TV. The anti sunflowers want to enter the Legislative Yuan and say they have the same rights as the students to do so. But the police keep them out.”
【場外即時】

在忠孝東路和鎮江街口,有挺服貿人士宣稱,林飛帆、陳為廷等學生佔領立法院行為違法,向警察呼籲逮捕學生。現場民眾和挺服貿群眾僵持不下,大喊「黑道治國、黑道離開」。目前鎮暴警察已形成防線,雙方未產生肢體衝突。

挺服貿人士大喊「學生才是黑道」,請學生出來在鎮江街口對話,並要求遞交陳情書。張安樂站上宣傳車向群眾喊話,學運民眾大喊「黑道退後」,張安樂則反嗆「你們民進黨誰沒貪汙?」、問群眾「你們誰沒巴結過黑道?」他說,有兩個職業學生在搧動群眾。「你們是中國人生出來的孽種,中國人不要你們。」警方喊話要求克制,張安樂則說挺服貿不達目的絕不罷休,「還出國會來。」

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Exclusive photos: Students occupying Taiwan’s legislature

by Dave Johnson / The Wild East / Politics

Editor’s note: The following photographs were taken by Dave Johnson on the evening when Taiwanese students occupied and took control of the legislature in Taipei over the issue of a Trade Pact with China, which many view as ‘selling out’ to China. W.E. thank Dave for allowing us to share these amazing photos with our readers. Enjoy!

On Tuesday the 18th of march 2014, Taiwanese students stormed the Legislative Yuan and barricaded themselves inside for the start of an on-going occupation. The students are protesting about the controversial Service Trade Agreement, of which was passed in part, quickly and stealthily, the day before.

On Sunday the 23rd of March, after the pleas of the students continued to be ignored by the ruling KMT party, the students successfully occupied the Executive Yuan.

However, on Monday the 24th of March, a total of 5,000 police officers were ordered to remove the students.

Police using batons and riot shields forcibly removed the unarmed protesters from the Executive Yuan, and at dawn, police using a water canon and shields cleared the streets of remaining protesters, by-standers, and worryingly – the media.

Here is a small collection of photographs from this event at dawn on Monday, 24th March 2014.

Inside the Legislative Yuan (Tuesday night/Wednesday morning of 19th March)

Students occupying the legislature

Resting police as seen from Legislative Yuan

Police line up before attacking protesters

Old man almost crying

Film me, I'll film you.

The symbol of the student protest outside the Legislative Yuan, Taipei

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Scott Cook to wind up Taiwan tour @Sappho, Mar. 30

The Wild East / Entertainment

Canada’s prairie balladeer Scott Cook is back in Taiwan, fresh from a tour of Australia, in the company of fellow Canadian songwriter and roustabout Scotty Dunbar!

Sunday, March 30′s lineup:

8:30pm Scott Cook w/ Thomas Squires
9:15pm The Vicious Cabaret
10:15pm Scotty Dunbar
11:00pm The Anglers

Doors Open: 7:30pm
Entrance Fee: $250

In addition to making his living as a busker on the streets of Montreal for years, Scotty Dunbar has graced festival stages and campfires across Canada, reinterpreted the songs of his contemporaries, and recently embarked on a Records-for-Rent project, where he records a new album in each place in exchange for a month’s room and board. In March and April, the two DIY troubadours will be circling the island on borrowed motorbikes, reuniting with musical friends including his old roots and reggae band The Anglers, and scattering songs like seeds along the way.

For the Taipei tour finale, they’ll be joined by Taichung modern folk trio, The Vicious Cabaret. Scott Cook will start things off at 8:30pm sharp with a set of his own tunes, accompanied by Tom Squires on bass and other special guests.

Scotty Dunbar – http://scottdunbar.wordpress.com/

Scott Cook – http://www.scottcook.net/

The Vicious Cabaret – http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Vicious-Cabaret/140499766111709

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