Radio Taiwan International
Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je says police may place barriers around the venue of the
Universiade closing ceremony if the event attracts large protests.
Ko was responding Wednesday to questions from reporters about security at the closing ceremony on August 30.
“I support bringing out barriers. This way, we don’t need to be afraid of looking bad and ending up wasting too much police manpower making a human wall. I don’t agree with that, so I told the head of the police department to deploy barriers if the police judge that there are too many groups protesting,” Ko said.
The opening ceremony on August 19 made global headlines after opponents of the government’s pension reform plan disrupted proceedings. Many athletes were blocked from going into the venue on time and were unable to participate in the opening parade of nations. Ko was a target of criticism after the incident.