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Dua Lipa fans kicked out of concert 'for dancing'

Dua Lipa fans kicked out of concert 'for dancing'

Images provided to Asia Wire by concertgoers in the major port city in East China show security guards singling out supposedly unruly fans and dragging them from their seats on 12th September.

Another said security had "forbidden fans" from standing up or waving LGBTQ flags, and claimed that the drama had Lipa herself in tears.

"I want to create a really safe environment for us all to have fun", she said in a video posted online. I want us all to sing, I want us all to just have a really good time.

Dua Lipa shared her anger at the oppressive move, taking to Twitter to share a message to her audience in Shanghai. Despite the drama, the starlet stands by her fans, and is grateful that they "felt safe enough to show [their] pride" at the concert. "A promised show. I stood by them, sang with them and danced with them".

In a statement published on Instagram on Thursday, the British-Albanian pop singer said she was "horrified" at what happened and plans to "come back for my fans when the time is right and hopefully see a room full of rainbows". "What you did takes a lot of bravery", she wrote.

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The rights in China are behind that of the United Kingdom, meaning that the fans who shared the flag were actively persecuted. "We're not here for much longer, just a few more songs, but I would like us for these last few songs to just really, really enjoy ourselves, how about that?"

Homosexuality is not illegal in China but LGBT activists increasingly have faced official pressure in recent years.

"Many fans at the front rows were holding the rainbow flags high, and I heard they were ordered to take down the flags, especially the fans in the first three rows..."

Dua Lipa, in addition to riding high on a wave of pop-song guest spots in 2018, is now making her way around the world on The Self-Titled Tour.