#OccupyTaipei! Several hundred protestors, mainly students and activists, have taken over the Taiwanese parliamentary building in an act of opposition against an upcoming trade agreement between the island and mainland China. The activists have blockaded themselves inside the building behind heaping piles of chairs that government workers are likely kicking themselves for not screwing into the floor.
This video above was produced by the AFP, and the footage comes from inside the occupied building. The students are reportedly, “demanding an apology to the Taiwan people from President Ma Ying-jeou for the trade pact,” as the deal is seen as subverting Taiwan’s interests. Occupiers are worried that eased restrictions on travel and business between the island and the mainland will lead to steeper competition for jobs and university admissions in Taiwan.
The protest is apparently unlikely to delay—let alone derail—the legislation, as a political science professor interviewed by Reuters described it as “too important for Taiwan’s economy – it will pass regardless.”