Protesters claim victory with delay

BLOCKADE:A number of lawmakers and legislative staffers had run-ins with protesters who tried to stop them from entering the legislative building

Taipei Times
Date: Apr 20, 2017
By: Abraham Gerber / Staff reporter

Pension reform protesters yesterday claimed victory after a substantive review of the

Police stand guard while demonstrators protest against pension reform outside the Legislative Yuan in Taipei yesterday. Photo: Liao Chen-huei, Taipei Time

proposed bill was postponed, even as a dramatic thinning of ranks raised questions about their ability to mobilize.

Several hundred demonstrators marched on the Democratic Progressive Party’s (DPP) headquarters in Taipei for a brief victory rally after DPP Legislator Tuan Yi-kang (段宜康), coconvener of the Judiciary and Organic Laws and Statutes Committee, announced that the pension reform bills review would be postponed until two public hearings are held next week.

“This result is the fruit of all our hard work today,” National Federation of Teachers’ Unions director-general Huang Yao-nan (黃耀南) said, taking credit for the DPP’s backing away from a rumored attempt to force a quick “whole package” vote instead of a line-by-line review.

Plans to hold public hearings are “acceptable for the time being,” Huang said, promising to reignite a “siege” around the Legislative Yuan when substantive review begins.    [FULL  STORY]

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