Mass protest calls to curb in­cense burn­ing in Tai­wan

Kuwait Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

The sound of clang­ing cym­bals and blar­ing horns filled down­town Taipei yes­ter­day as thou­sands marched in a col­or­ful Taoist pro­ces­sion, protest­ing a gov­ern­ment call to cut back on the burn­ing of in­cense sticks. About 100 tem­ples took part in the de­mon­stra­tion, where per­form­ers car­ried stat­ues of Taoist gods on their shoul­ders while oth­ers danced in larger-than-life cos­tumes. Taipei po­lice said more than 10,000 peo­ple took part in the protest. Of­fi­cials have been push­ing to curb the prac­tice of burn­ing in­cense sticks and pa­per money along with light­ing fire­crack­ers to com­bat pol­lu­tion on the is­land.

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