Date
7 December 2016
Students protest outside the Ministry of Education in Taipei earlier this week. Photo: Reuters
Students protest outside the Ministry of Education in Taipei earlier this week. Photo: Reuters

Taiwan students end textbook protest as typhoon nears

Hundreds of students in Taiwan protesting against revisions to history textbooks ended a week-long sit-in in front of the Ministry of Education as a powerful typhoon bore down on the island, Reuters reported.

By Thursday night, all the protesters had left the ministry’s front courtyard and all equipment had been carted away, the report cited student leader Brian Sung as saying.

Television reports showed students taking down banners and dismantling the makeshift tents they had set up.

“We’ve achieved some of our goals, and there’s a typhoon coming,” Sung said.

The students say new textbooks being shipped to high schools before classes begin at the end of the month unduly emphasize the role of China in Taiwan’s history.

They had been demanding a repeal of the new curriculum and the resignation of the minister of education.

Students said that promises by politicians to thoroughly review the new curriculum and allow schools to choose whether or not to use the new books amounted to a partial accomplishment of their goals.

They did not rule out resuming their protests, however, after Typhoon Soudelor, likely to make landfall within days, moves on.

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