According to reports, fans have been forcefully removed from a Dua Lipa concert in China.
Fans posted videos on social media that appeared to show security guards removing concert-goers from their seats. This heavy handed crowd control was reportedly used to eject people who were "waving pro-gay flags".
I just CANT believe it. This is the show of Dua Lipa in Shanghai. All the fans are forbidden to stand out and could… https://t.co/E2mytEjEJs
Dua Lipa was visibly distressed, telling the Shanghai crowd:
I want to create a really safe environment for us all to have fun.
I want us all to dance. I want us all to sing, I want us all to just have a really good time.
I would love in these last few songs for us to really, really, really enjoy ourselves. How about that?
One concert-goer told the BBC that people were being removed "just for standing up"' during the show. According to her account, the police were being "heavy-handed" and "aggressive".
LGBT+ people in China face significant social and legal challenges. China possesses no laws protecting LGBT+ people from discrimination. Same-sex couples are unable to marry or adopt, and households headed by such couples are ineligible for the same legal protections available to opposite-sex couples.