28 March 2014 17:45 | By AFP/ Reuters/ MSN News
Taiwan trade pact protest

Taiwanese protestors opposed to a contentious trade pact with China on Thursday vowed to escalate their "war" with the government, calling for a huge weekend rally to increase pressure on President Ma Ying-jeou.



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The student-led demonstrators who have occupied parliament for more than a week urged people to take to the streets of Taipei on Sunday after failing to reach an agreement with Ma's Kuomintang government.

"There is no meaning to hold a dialogue... We invite everybody to take to the streets on Sunday," student leader Lin Fei-fan said in a press conference outside parliament.

The pact, signed in July, is designed to open up further trade in services between China and Taiwan, which split 65 years ago after a civil war.

But the protesters say the deal will damage Taiwan's economy and leave it vulnerable to political pressure from China.

They are now demanding the agreement be scrapped and the passing of new legislation to monitor all agreements with China.

Lin said the demonstrators were not going to give up until their demands were met.

Click on to see more images from the protest.

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