Taiwanese students and expatriates gathered in central London on Sunday afternoon to show their support for the occupation of the Legislative Yuan and democracy back home.

More than 200 people marched from London’s Piccadilly Circus to the Houses of Parliament, passing the British prime minister’s official residence at 10 Downing Street on the way. Many carried Republic of China (ROC) flags, while others displayed sunflowers or placards criticizing the cross-strait service trade pact.

Meanwhile, in the US, about 100 Taiwanese-Americans gathered on the National Mall in Washington over the weekend, waving placards and chanting in support of the student action in Taipei.

In front of London’s iconic Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament at Parliament Square, speakers voiced their support for the “Sunflower Revolution” and the crowd sang Do You Hear the People Sing? from the musical Les Miserables, an unofficial anthem of various recent protests in Taiwan.
Events at the Legislative Yuan galvanized Chen Szu-wei (陳思維) to use social media to organize Sunday’s march in London.

“Due to the Taiwanese government’s stubborn attitude on the cross-strait agreement with China, which is a far-reaching agreement that has not been carefully reviewed and has not been subject to transparent review, we decided to rally together and stand up to fight against the decision of the Taiwanese government and protect the democracy of our country,” he said.