Mayday attend China event amid protests



BEIJING — Popular Taiwanese rock band Mayday took part in a promotional activity in Beijing Monday despite the threat of a boycott by some Chinese netizens over the band’s support of Taiwanese student protesters against the cross-Taiwan Strait service trade agreement.

The band was attending an event in Beijing’s Ancestral Temple to promote the 2014 FIFA World Cup, which will take place in Brazil between June 12 and July 13.

The trophy for the world’s biggest soccer tournament, the Jules Rimet Cup, which has already been displayed in 87 countries, was put on display at the temple and the sponsors invited Mayday to be spokesmen and to sing songs.

A young female student surnamed Gao held a plastic sunflower — the symbol of the protesters — outside the venue. She said she did not know what the flower stands for in Taiwan but was there to show support for the band. The sponsors did not invite the media, nor did they promote the event widely. Only 100 fans were invited to attend.

Many fans who were shut out of the event had gathered outside the temple since noon to try to get a glimpse of the band, but without success.