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Taiwan #CongressOccupied: Wild Lily Turns into Sunflower

Written by I-fan Lin On 21 March 2014 @ 0:56 am | 2 Comments

In China, Citizen Media, East Asia, English, Human Rights, Protest, Quick Reads, Taiwan (ROC)

The Wild Lily is still the symbol to support the new-generation student movements that fight for democracy. Photo from Susan Bomin. CC: NC. [1]

Wild Lily is still the symbol to support the new-generation student democracy movements. Photo from Susan Bomin. CC: NC.

The sunflower sent from the protesters inside the Legislation Yuan. Photo from Christine Hepburn. CC: NC. [2]

A flower shop owner delivered sunflowers to the protesters inside the Legislation Yuan. Photo from Christine Hepburn. CC: NC.

The Wild Lily student movement [3] took place in March 16 1990 at Freedom Square in Taipei is the most significant historical event that marks the democratic struggle in Taiwan. As a result of the movement, temporary provisions effective during the period of Communist rebellion [4] in Taiwan was terminated and the Taiwanese congress was reformed in 1991.

Twenty-four years have been passed, in March 18 2014, another student movement [5] took place in the Legislation Yuan in Taiwan. The students protest against the government’s black box process of the trade deal between Taiwan and China [6]. On the third day of the demonstration, the media starts calling the action Sunflower student movement when a flower shop owner delivered sunflowers to the protesters [7] [zh] as a form of support. The image of sun reflects people's hope to shed light to the black-box free trade negotiation between Taiwan and China governments.


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[1] Image: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10203371287310907&set=a.1238843299212.2038010.1473173634&type=1&theater

[2] Image: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10203752613596715&set=a.10203752605476512.1073741827.1259824454&type=1&permPage=1

[3] The Wild Lily student movement: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wild_Lily_student_movement/

[4] temporary provisions effective during the period of Communist rebellion: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Temporary_Provisions_Effective_During_the_Period_of_Communist_Rebellion/

[5] student movement: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Occupy_Taiwan_Legislature/

[6] against the government’s black box process of the trade deal between Taiwan and China: http://globalvoicesonline.org/2014/03/19/protesters-occupy-taiwans-legislature-over-china-trade-deal//

[7] sunflowers to the protesters: http://www.appledaily.com.tw/realtimenews/article/politics/20140320/363385/%E5%A4%AA%E9%99%BD%E8%8A%B1%E5%AD%B8%E9%81%8B%E3%80%80%E7%85%A7%E4%BA%AE%E9%BB%91%E6%9A%97%E7%9A%84%E6%9C%8D%E8%B2%BF/

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