Chris Stowers

Taipei, Taiwan

Students sit below a sign which reads: 'Free Taiwan' next to a barricade which they have erected in front of the door of the Legislative Yuan (Parliament) Building to keep out police. They have been occupying the building for days to express their opposition to the passing of the Cross-Straight Service and Trade Agreement between Taiwan China. The students, and many normal Taiwanese, fear the erosion of their hard-won democracy and, eventually, independence, making them, in the words of one student protestor 'no better off than Hong Kong'. Ma ying-jeoh bears the brunt of the protestors ire; known as "Ma 9%" after his latest approval rating, he is seen as kowtowing to the demands of China and selling out Taiwan.

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