Date: Apr 20, 2017
By: Jake Chung / Staff writer, with CNA
The nature of the ongoing pension reform protests and the 2014 Sunflower movement
protests are different and incomparable, former Sunflower movement leader Chen Wei-ting (陳為廷) said on Facebook yesterday.
Chen made the comments after people protesting against pension reform outside the legislature in Taipei yesterday held banners with the slogan: “If the Sunflower [movement] can, why can’t we?”
The slogans referred to Sunflower movement members occupying the main chamber of the Legislative Yuan from March 19 to April 10, 2014, to protest Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) legislators attempt to force through the passage of the cross-strait service trade agreement.
The Taipei District Court declared on March 31 that the actions of the 22 Sunflower movement members were in line with the concept of “civil disobedience” and found them not guilty of inciting others to commit a crime, obstruction of police officers in the discharge of their duties and other crimes. The verdict can be appealed.