A music festival in Taipei, co-sponsored by a Chinese talent show, has been cut short following protests by students and pro-Taiwan independence groups. The Sing! China: Shanghai-Taipei Music Festival held at the National Taiwan University (NTU) on Sunday was interrupted by students and pro-independence groups who stormed the venue around 4pm, two hours after it kicked off.
Protesters held banners that said: “Refuse to be the Chinese Taiwan University,” “Give back our NTU field,” and “Free Lee Ming-cheh.” Some also waved independence flags and banners, as protesters threw eggs and other items onto the stage. Students took issue with the school’s decision to rent the athletic field for the event. The student council said on its Facebook page last week that preparations for the concert had damaged the track and caused the field to be closed to students for a week.
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