Taiwan student protesters, dubbed the Sunflower Student Movement, are into their 15th day, after a group barricaded themselves in the main chamber of the legislative building. They accuse the government of slyly rushing through a controversial trade deal with China. Students sitting-in on the street outside got a surprise visit that really boosted their spirits the other morning.
An 80-year-old man, Lu Shixin, came and respectfully bowed to each of the sit-in students. “They are the ones protecting Taiwan’s industries and economy. We all have to thank them,” said Lu. His words inspired all the students there. Lu lives alone in Luzhou of Xinbei City. He has heart disease and high blood pressure that prevent him from sitting for long, according to the Liberty Times and Apple Daily, but to acknowledge their love for Taiwan, he took the metro train to the location and thanked the students in person.
He walked around the Legislative Yuan area and bowed three times to each student sitting on the street, “To this young generation, thank you for what you are doing for Taiwan. Thank you!” Lu said.
As Lu bowed to them, students stood up and returned their respect. “It is what we should do,” was the students response. Some were moved to tears and gave the old man a big hug to support each other. One student commented on the pressure they were bearing, saying: “These old grannies and grandpas love us dearly. It’s all worth it.”