Acquittal verdicts overturned for 7 Sunflower Movement protesters

Focus Taiwan
Date: 04/28/2020
By: Liu Shih-yi, Liu Kuan-ting and Evelyn Kao

Wei Yang (center), leader of the Executive Yuan occupation speaks after the ruling outside the Taiwan High Court.

Taipei, April 28 (CNA) The Taiwan High Court on Tuesday sentenced seven Sunflower Movement activists to 2-4 months in prison for inciting others to commit crimes related to the occupation of the Executive Yuan complex during a 24-day student-led protest in 2014, overturning the "not guilty" verdicts a lower court previously handed down.

The sentences are commutable to fines, but the decision can still be appealed.

The Sunflower Movement was a protest against the then Kuomintang (KMT) government's handling of a trade in services agreement with China, which was sparked when former KMT legislator Chang Ching-chung (張慶忠) rushed through the trade agreement without debate on March 17, 2014.

During 24 days of protests from March 18 to April 10, hundreds of students broke into the Legislative Yuan, while thousands demonstrated outside the complex.

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