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Student protesters storm Taiwan Education Ministry to protest China-centric curriculum change

  • Student protesters against changes to their curriculum shout slogans as they occupy the area inside the gates of the Ministry of Education in Taipei, Taiwan, Friday, July 31, 2015. Dozens of students have staged a sit-in at Taiwan’s Education Ministry demanding that officials take responsibility for a student leader who killed himself in an apparent protest over curriculum changes that critics say overemphasize China’s ties to the island. (AP Photo/Wally Santana)

    Student protesters against changes to their curriculum shout slogans as they occupy the area inside the gates of the Ministry of Education in Taipei, Taiwan, Friday, July 31, 2015. Dozens of students have staged a sit-in at Taiwan’s Education Ministry demanding that officials take responsibility for a student leader who killed himself in an apparent protest over curriculum changes that critics say overemphasize China’s ties to the island. (AP Photo/Wally Santana)  (The Associated Press)

  • Student protesters against changes to their curriculum shout slogans as they occupy the area inside the gates of the Ministry of Education in Taipei, Taiwan, Friday, July 31, 2015. Dozens of students have staged a sit-in at Taiwan’s Education Ministry demanding that officials take responsibility for a student leader who killed himself in an apparent protest over curriculum changes that critics say overemphasize China’s ties to the island. (AP Photo/Wally Santana)

    Student protesters against changes to their curriculum shout slogans as they occupy the area inside the gates of the Ministry of Education in Taipei, Taiwan, Friday, July 31, 2015. Dozens of students have staged a sit-in at Taiwan’s Education Ministry demanding that officials take responsibility for a student leader who killed himself in an apparent protest over curriculum changes that critics say overemphasize China’s ties to the island. (AP Photo/Wally Santana)  (The Associated Press)

  • Student protesters against changes to their curriculum occupy the area inside the gates of the Ministry of Education in Taipei, Taiwan, Friday, July 31, 2015. Dozens of students have staged a sit-in at Taiwan’s Education Ministry demanding that officials take responsibility for a student leader who killed himself in an apparent protest over curriculum changes that critics say overemphasize China’s ties to the island. (AP Photo/Wally Santana)

    Student protesters against changes to their curriculum occupy the area inside the gates of the Ministry of Education in Taipei, Taiwan, Friday, July 31, 2015. Dozens of students have staged a sit-in at Taiwan’s Education Ministry demanding that officials take responsibility for a student leader who killed himself in an apparent protest over curriculum changes that critics say overemphasize China’s ties to the island. (AP Photo/Wally Santana)  (The Associated Press)

Dozens of students have staged a sit-in at Taiwan's Education Ministry demanding that officials take responsibility for a student leader who killed himself in an apparent protest over curriculum changes that critics say overemphasize China's ties to the island.

The students jumped a security gate and set up tents and stools in front of the building's main entrance Friday, holding placards demanding the resignation of the education minister.

Students around Taiwan have been staging several small demonstrations against the school curriculum changes for weeks. They say it emphasizes China's historic rule over the island, and that it also favors the ruling Nationalist Party, playing down its decades-long dictatorial rule.

Among them was 20-year-old Lin Kuan-hua, who reportedly demanded the ministry rescind the changes before taking his life Thursday.