Articles by J. Michael Cole from The Diplomat:
Taiwanese Occupy Legislature Over China Pact – March 20, 2014
Riot Police Crack Down on Taiwanese Protesters – March 24, 2014
Hundreds of Thousands Protest Against Trade Pact in Taiwan – March 31, 2014
Say Goodbye to ‘Peaceful Unification’ – April 01, 2014
Original & updated post from before April 02, 2014:
Typically I don’t like to write posts about ongoing protests in Taiwan until they are over. This way the facts and photos are published already, and I can provide a summary in English. If I’m following something, I usually make posts, provide links, and reblog photos on my Tumblr. However, it was different when I woke up this morning to the news that protesters occupied the Legislative Yuan after the cross-straight service trade agreement was pushed forward to the legislature without public review. I want to provide links for those of you concerned and want up to date information on the situation.
There has been a strong push to publish information through CNN’s iReport platform to make the international media aware of the situation. It’s probably the best place for information in English at the moment.
The thirty-second review and the Occupation of the Taiwan Legislative Yuan (三十秒審完服貿)
Taiwan now in democracy crisis
Dead or Reborn? Taiwanese Democracy
“Occupy Congress!” People in Taiwan Protest against the Agreement on Trade with China
Taiwan Parliament Occupied by protesters 1st time in History
CNN iReports have been organized on the Assignment: Protesters occupy Taiwan legislature page
The story has been picked up by the international news media:
Taiwan: des étudiants occupent le parlement – Le Figaro
Estudiantes ocuparon parlamento taiwanés en protesta por pacto con China – lainformacion.com
Protesters occupy Taiwan parliament over China trade deal – BBC
Opponents of China Trade Deal Occupy Taiwan’s Legislature – NY Times Sinosphere blog
Unfortunately the article titles are misleading. The protesters are students, NGO activists, and concerned citizens. The issue at hand is not so much the trade agreement (which is contentious), but the fact that it was allowed to go directly to the legislature without public input. Without public input, we do not know what our elected officials are agreeing to do.
Taiwan students occupy legislature over China trade deal – Reuters
A rather unbalanced article about the situation.
Hundreds of students occupy Taiwan’s Legislature to protest China pact – CNN
A pretty good article due to its use of iReporters
Taiwanese Occupy Legislature Over China Pact – The Diplomat, March 20, 2014
The best article to date about the situation
Riot Police Crack Down on Taiwanese Protesters – The Diplomat, March 24, 2014
Many more articles have been published since the violence that occurred in the early hours of March 24, 2014.
The ‘Battle of Taipei’ Shows Just How Wary of China Young Taiwanese Are – Time.com, March 24, 2014
For Taiwan’s Embattled President, Awkward Similarities With Ukraine’s Ousted Leader – BloombergBusinessweek, March 24, 2014
Taiwan: Between democracy and China, and in a hard place – Fortune, March 24, 2014
Protests In Taiwan: A Long-Term Threat To Foreign Trade? – Forbes, March 24, 2014
Protests in Taiwan Over Trade Pact With China: The Painful Challenges of Maintaining the Status Quo – The Motley Fool, March 25, 2014
There are many issues with this article. Please read Michael Turton’s comment at the end of the article.
There are live broadcasts from inside the building:
English version live broadcast
台灣0318反服貿佔領立法院實況 on ustream
Next Media (aka Apple Daily)
There have also been live broadcasts from outside the building (sometimes from different locations):
立法院反服貿 – aggregation of live streams from inside and outside the building
反黑箱服貿-街頭民主大學 3/20 – completed
反服貿濟南路現場 (TEST) – completed
青島東路直播 – completed
青島東路直播 – completed