A Taiwanese student explains the protests against the Cross-Strait Service Trade Agreement with Beijing that began with student occupation of Taiwan’s legislature on March 19 and has since evolved into a global campaign. Speaking in German (English subtitles are available), the student offers a brief background on the trade agreement and a perspective from those involved in the movement. It’s worth a watch.
Protestors involved in what’s been dubbed the “Sunflower Movement” are plugging themselves into social media platforms including Twitter feeds and Reddit forums to inform the masses and rally up supporters.
The movement has gotten little coverage in the mainland and has accordingly given rise to two main contrasting views. On one side, wherein many activists and opponents to the authoritarian Beijing regime stand, is the belief that students had the right to use direct action in response to a procedural failure by the elected government and constitutional political system. Because of the selective availability of information offered by mainland media, SCMP points out, many people critical of the movement seem to have the sense that the protests were executed in a violent manner, although most instances of reported violence were employed by police forces.