Advocates of Taiwanese independence continued protests against the historic meeting between Chinese President Xi Jinping and Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou, the first such meeting since the founding of the People’s Republic of China in 1949. That year the Kuomintang-led Republic of China government, having been defeated in the Chinese Civil War, fled to Taiwan.

Now Ma is in the final months of his presidency, and the KMT is expected to lose the January presidential election to the DPP’s Tsai Ing-wen, after having suffered major loses in the local election of 2014.

Outside the Legislative Yuan, supporters of the Free Taiwan Party, a new party launched in 2015 that calls for the establishment of a state of Taiwan and a disavowal of ROC claims, sat with other pro-independence groups.

Signs read: "Resist the cruel Ma-Xi meeting, Taiwan's sovereignty cannot retreat."

Signs read: “Resist the cruel Ma-Xi meeting, Taiwan’s sovereignty cannot retreat.”

Flags call on Taiwanese to identify as Taiwanese regardless of the ethnic groups. Disagreements between the Aborigines, the Hoklo (Han Chinese who came before 1949), and those fleeing the civil war or immigrating post-1949 play a part in politics. The KMT emphasizes Chinese identity, while the DPP has been known to use Taiwanese languages.

Flags call on Taiwanese to identify as Taiwanese regardless of the ethnic groups. Disagreements between the Aborigines, the Hoklo (Han Chinese who came before 1949), and those fleeing the civil war or immigrating post-1949 play a part in politics. The KMT emphasizes Chinese identity, while the DPP has been known to use Taiwanese languages.

A backpack shows support for Hong Kong's 2014 Umbrella Movement (Occupy Central), in which pan-democrats protested for more far-reaching democratic reforms than Beijing would allow. Also attached is a promo for DPP candidate Tsai Ing-wen. The DPP has been associated with the Taiwanese independence movement.

A backpack shows support for Hong Kong’s 2014 Umbrella Movement (Occupy Central), in which pan-democrats protested for more far-reaching democratic reforms than Beijing would allow. Also attached is a promo for DPP candidate Tsai Ing-wen. The DPP has been associated with the Taiwanese independence movement.

At night, before Ma had returned, protesters rode bikes around the area. Student protesters marched earlier in the afternoon.

At night, before Ma had returned, protesters rode bikes around the area. Student protesters marched earlier in the afternoon.

Protesters blamed the relatively small showing on the fact that the Xi-Ma meeting had only been known since November 3, criticizing Ma for lacking transparency. There had been protests in the immediate days after as well.

Polls show the public split on party lines, with 88% of KMT supporters celebrating the meeting and 57% of DPP supporters against it.


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