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.