Protesters expressed ire at Jordan Chan holding concert in Taiwan

Heidi Hsia

9 Dec – Jordan Chan's concert in Taipei was met with much protest by a number of Taiwanese netizens, who expressed their dislike of the singer for his political stance.

As reported on Mingpao, the singer, who was scheduled to perform at the Taipei Linkou Stadium as part of his "Stop Angry" tour, found himself getting extra security put on him and his family members as they arrived at the venue.

It was also alleged that there were five police cars outside the hotel where Jordan and his family were staying, and that at one point, the singer was encouraged to put on a bullet-proof vest to take to the stage, which started a little late because of the situation.

In addition, the exterior wall of the stadium was also vandalised with words insulting Jordan and demanding that he leave the city, and it had to be covered by the organiser with posters of the said tour.

At about 7pm before the show started, more than ten demonstrators wearing black masks waved a banner expressing their support for the Hong Kong independence movement outside the venue, and questioning why Jordan, who was once a member of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) was able to hold a concert in Taiwan.

The protesters were soon persuaded to move away from the venue, causing immediate dissatisfaction and conflict, with one protester saying, "We are fighting with bare hands to defend freedom of speech, but we were asked to leave the venue. We stand for democracy and freedom in Taiwan. We want to protest against that man."

Speaking to the audience at the concert soon after, he expressed, "I have waited for a long time, and finally I have a concert in Taipei. I am so sorry and grateful for all the audience members. Thank you for your support."

Jordan revealed that Taiwan was the first place that gave him his chance and where he recorded his Mandarin album.

(Photo Source: Mingpao)