07/24/2015, 00.00
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Thirty students arrested in Taipei for protesting China-centric education

Those arrested apparently raided the Ministry of Education overnight. They want changes in the school curriculum with regards to the island’s history and its relationship to the mainland dropped.

Taipei (AsiaNews/Agencies) – Police arrested 30 student in Taiwan early today after they broke into the Education Ministry in the capital Taipei overnight protesting against “China-centric” changes to the school curriculum.

“Thirty people were arrested and are being questioned on charges of breaching the government office and causing damage by breaking down the door”, a police spokesman said.

The protests came after the failure of talks on Thursday evening with an education official over the proposed changes to the curriculum, due to be introduced in September.

Curriculum changes disputed by protesters include a reference to Taiwan being “recovered by China” instead of “given to China” after the end of Japanese occupation in 1945.

The 50-year period of Japanese rule is also referred to as an era when “Japan occupied” the island, replacing the previous phrase “Japan governed”.

Formosa TV reported that 40 protesters had broken in to the building using ladders, with some of them locking themselves into the Education minister’s office.

About 200 protesters had also gathered outside the ministry earlier in the week to protest against the new curriculum.

The students say changes to the high school curriculum undermine the island’s sovereignty and have been introduced without proper consultation.

Increasing fears in Taiwan over Beijing’s influence sparked a three-week occupation of parliament last year by student-led protesters opposing a trade pact with mainland China.

Taiwan split from mainland China in 1949 after a civil war and is self-governed, but Beijing sees the island as part of its territory awaiting reunification, by force if necessary.

Relations have improved under current president Ma Ying-jeou of the Beijing-friendly Kuomintang party, leading to a number of trade deals but triggering growing public unease.

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