How the Sunflower movement birthed a generation determined to protect Taiwan


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Rushing over walls and through doors, they clambered into the parliamentary chamber, crowding the halls with placards, while piling chairs against the door as barricades against police. Hundreds of young people, mostly Taiwanese university students, were storming Taipei’s national legislature. They had been gathered outside the government building to protest against the government’s attempts to ram through a trade treaty between Taiwan and China that – in the eyes of the students – would put their homeland at further risk from Beijing. The occupation and adjoining street protests of 2014 became known as the Sunflower movement and lasted more than...