China: Fans forcibly removed from Dua Lipa concert

17 September 2018
Concertgoers at a Dua Lipa show in Shanghai were forcibly removed by security staff, reportedly for dancing and waving pro-gay rights flags.
Photo: Dua Lipa performing in Shanghai, China / Dua Lipa Instagram


Singer Dua Lipa says she is “horrified by what happened” at her show in Shanghai on 12 September 2018 where concertgoers were forcefully removed by security staff, reported BBC.

Video footage of the event on social media shows security guards pulling an audience member up out of her seat. Outside the venue another person is seen being pushed around by security. One woman told BBC she saw a man being held in a headlock before he was removed. Police were being “heavy-handed” and “aggressive”, she said.

BBC reported some fans were removed for dancing while others were removed for waving pro-gay rights flags, which Dua Lipa seemed to address on social media after the concert.

“I will stand by you all for your love and beliefs and I am proud and grateful that you felt safe enough to show your pride at my show,” the singer said on Instagram.

“What you did takes a lot of bravery. I always want my music to bring strength, hope and unity. I was horrified by what happened and I send love to all my fans involved. I would love to come back for my fans when the time is right and hopefully see a room full of rainbows.”

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