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Protesters Occupy Taiwan Government Building Over China Trade Pact

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March 23, 2014 AT 10:11 AM
Hundreds of demonstrators occupied part of Taiwan's government headquarters on Sunday night in protest against a controversial trade pact with mainland China.President Ma Ying-jeou says the pact with Taiwan's main export market is essential for the island's prosperity. Television footage showed protesters and police scuffling after several people forced their way into the building. The reports said the demonstrators had barricaded doors and windows with tables and chairs and seized the computer of the head of the presidential cabinet, and that at least 13 people had been injured. "This is completely for the sake of Taiwan's economic future," said Ma, who since 2008 has signed a series of landmark trade and economic agreements with China.