On March 18 around 9:00 p.m. local time,
crowds of students, academics, civic
organizations and other protestors climbed over
the fence at the legislature and entered the
building. They occupied the meeting chamber.
Students piled up chairs and blocked the doors
to prevent several attempts by the police to
The police tried
before dawn on
Students from over 100
colleges gathered and sat in
outside the Legislative Yuan.
Professors gave lectures on
democracy, economy, trade,
and civics outside the
Legislative Yuan for days.
President Ma Ying-jeou
called for a high-level
meeting on ending the
More and more students and citizens gathered.
The student leaders made several rules for all to
follow and insisted the nonviolence principle.
Medical team stationed in to
provide medical service. Lawyers
were ready to provide legal
consultation as well.
Students broadcasted live from the meeting
chamber and outside the Legislative Yuan to
prevent media blackening.
In response to the
press conference, a
group of protesters
stormed and occupied
the Executive Yuan
around 7:30 p.m. local
time on March 23. In
response to the press
conference, a group of
and occupied the
Executive Yuan around
7:30 p.m. local time
on March 23.
The protesters were evicted from
the Executive Yuan by 5:00 a.m.
on March 24, but some
congregated again on Zhongxiao
East Road. During the 10-hour
eviction process, around 1000
riot police and other law
enforcement personnel allegedly
used excessive force, including
water cannon and baton strikes
to the head against the
nonviolent protesters, while
journalists and medics were
ordered to leave.
Premier Jiang denied bloody and violent
Cross-party negotiation failed.
Netizens raised NT$6.3 million in 3 hours to run
advertisement in the New York Times.
Third cross-party negotiation failed. Students decided
to prolong and strengthen a stouter resistance.
The movement's anthem Island’s Sunrise (島嶼天光)
by the indie band Fire Ex (滅火器樂團) recorded.
Around 500,000 people massed in the March 30
rally filling the Ketagalan Boulevard leading
from the Presidential Office to the legislature in
order to put pressure on President Ma to heed
the demonstrators' demands. 3/30
The police estimated the number of crowds to
be only 116,000. It is believed that the actual
number is far beyond the police’s estimation.
requested a citizens’
conference but the
downgraded it to a
economy and trade.
On April 1, hundreds of pro-China activists
supporting the trade pact rallied against the
parliament seizure. The group was organized by
Chang An-lo, a prominent Taiwanese gang
leader also known as "White Wolf", who is on
bail after being arrested on his return to Taiwan
Netizens launched a
campaign on the
Internet to recall
KMT legislators for
they only follow
President Ma’s will
instead the people’s.
On April 6, Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng
visited the occupied parliament chamber and
promised to postpone review of the trade pact
until legislation monitoring all cross-strait
agreements has been passed. 4/06
President Ma and
In response to the April 6th concessions from
Speaker Wang, the protesters held a press
conference on April 7 stating they would vacate
the Legislative Yuan on April 10 at 6 p.m. local
time, which they eventually did, and also to
continue the movement in the broader Taiwan
Pro-China media estimated the repair bill of the
Legislative Yuan to be as high as NT$100 million.
Netizens set up a "318 Repair the Legislative
Yuan" corps of volunteers to recruit volunteers
including architects, technicians , plumbers and
electricians to help with the job of cleaning up
and repairing the meeting chamber in short
The student protesters walked out of the
Legislative Yuan holding sunflowers, which have
come to symbolize the movement, surrounded by
crowds of reporters and other protesters. Crowds
had largely dwindled by midnight, with nudging
by riot police.
Overseas Taiwanese in 49 cities in 17 countries
have demonstrated in support of the student
movement. Sunflowers are everywhere.
Ireland - Dublin
Italy - Milan London
St. Louis, United States Washington D.C.