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Wild Berry House opening

Students and supporters of the Wild Strawberry Movement celebrated the opening of Wild Berry House (野莓之家) in Taipei today. The office, located near Guting MRT Station in Taipei City, will serve as the new headquarters for the movement. The student’s round the clock sit in protest at Freedom Square ended on 4 January after almost two months.

An opinion piece in today’s Taipei Times erroneously suggests, “The Wild Strawberry Student Movement has gradually come to an end after being treated indifferently by the politically influenced media.” The Wild Strawberries certainly have not come to an end, just the beginning of a new chapter. Expect the determination that the students showed in their two month long protest at Freedom Square to be applied in new ways as the movement continues.

In related news, Freedom House is releasing its annual report “Freedom in the World 2009″ at a press conference in Taipei at 9:00 am on Tuesday 13 January. You can watch it live on the Wild Strawberry Movement’s webcast channel at www.justin.tv/action1106.

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Comments

Comment from Claudia Jean
Time 12 January 2009 at 4:04 am

Thanks for following their movement and giving the correct information.

Comment from Manuel
Time 5 May 2009 at 5:34 pm

One of the main organizer is a 5th year student from college. She is studying law there. I think she is very brave to join the Taiwan Alliance against Death penalty.
In the 5 years study of the SCU is only 1 semester about the UN human right’s charta.
I think Taiwan needs a haven like the wild strawberries, because with the conservative majority of the teachers, they won’t found anyone else to talk about identity, liberalism, justice, truth and solidarity but the students themself.
I also hope that organizations like Taiwan Human rights, Taiwan Think Tank, but also the different cultural foreign offices won’t stop co-operating with them.