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Madonna fans too loud: KMT councilor

By Sean Lin  /  Staff reporter

Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Taipei City Councilor Chin Huei-chu (秦慧珠) said that the commotion caused by a crowd leaving the Taipei Arena after a Madonna concert that ended at about 12:30am yesterday prompted complaints from local residents, demanding relevant agencies step up efforts to prevent the problem from recurring after Madonna’s second show tonight.

Chin said that it took more than 10,000 Madonna fans more than one hour to disperse, adding that she received numerous complaints from residents about concert-goers talking loudly and slamming car doors while leaving the venue.

Chin said that some residents complained about the whistles police officers used to direct traffic, Chin said.

The concert’s organizer payed a NT$1.26 million (US$37,589) fine for Madonna’s delayed appearance on stage, which was insignificant compared with the profits they made from ticket sales, she said.

She urged Madonna to heed the rules that regulate concerts in Taipei.

Madonna reportedly went on stage about two hours later than scheduled, starting the concert after 10pm causing it to end past the permitted time of 11pm.

“Just follow the rules and end the show on time. Your fine is no good to us,” Zhonghua Borough (中華) Warden Yu Chi-hsing (游吉興) said.

Chin demanded that the police and the Taipei Department of Environmental Protection redouble efforts to control noise and direct traffic, and that the Taipei Arena Operations Center streamline communication with the concert’s organizer to prevent similar irregularities from recurring.

Taipei Arena Operations Center Director Wan Hsin-lung (王鑫瓏) said the concert was attended by more than 10,000 fans.

Wang said that the center and the organizer would urge people to keep their voices down when they leave tonight’s show, adding that he asked the organizer to start the concert on time.

Police are only responsible for directing traffic and that there is nothing they can do about people talking loudly, which is the environmental protection department’s responsibility, Taipei City Police Department Songshan Precinct Deputy Chief Lin Chi-tien (林基田) said.

Lin said that he would order officers to refrain from using whistles.

He rejected Chin’s claim that it took the crowd more than one hour to disperse, saying that it took less than 30 minutes.

“The bottom line is that Madonna starts her show on time,” he said.

Taipei Department of Environmental Protection’s Sanitation Inspection Division chief Chen Chao-chou (陳沼舟) said people and cars are not noise sources listed in the Noise Control Act (噪音管制法), adding that unless drivers honk their horns excessively, there is not much the division could do about these noises.

Citing the Social Order Maintenance Act (社會秩序維護法), Chen said that it is the job of police to stop people who make a commotion late at night.

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