A group of Taiwanese political leaders and activists, including New Power Party Chairman Huang Kuo-chang and prominent student leaders Lin Fei-fan and Chen Wei-ting, were found not guilty of all charges related to the 2014 occupation of the Legislative Yuan. Judges ruled that they were using the right of civil disobedience to express their views. Another court is expected to rule on April 10 about six people who took part in the failed occupation of the Cabinet offices that took place on the same day three years ago.
Leaders of the Sunflower Student Movement in 2014 were found not guilty of occupying the legislature. The court's verdict made reference to the concept of civil disobedience.
==LIAO CHIEN-YU Chief Judge, Taipei District Court==
Their action was in line with the concept of civil disobedience. It did not constitute as material illegality nor trespassing without lawful excuse. Their action was justified.
According to the verdict, civil disobedience includes several elements such as protesting against unlawful government action for the purpose of public interest in an open non-violent way. Lin Fei-fan urged that those who occupied the Executive Yuan and those who surrounded Zhongzheng First Police Precinct be acquitted as well.
==LIN FEI-FAN Sunflower Movement Leader==
The reason why we are acquitted is because this is a case of major constitutional significance. If we are acquitted, they should also be acquitted.
Chen Wei-ting criticized that the DPP government made no progress in implementing a Cross-Strait Agreement Supervisory Act that the movement called for.
==CHEN WEI-TING Sunflower Movement Leader==
We urge that the DPP government take bold action and pass a strict Cross-Strait Agreement Supervisory Act that meets the people's expectation. Please don't fail those of us in the student movement three years ago.
Worried that Taiwan might face more pressure from China, leaders of the student movement called for the ruling party who gained power by riding on the wave of the movement to implement the CSASA soon.
TRANSLATED BY：LUKE CHIANG
記者 李曉儒 莊志成 陳保羅 台北報導