Mass protest calls to curb incense burning in Taiwan
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.