SECURITY was ultra-tight for US pop star Ariana Grande on the last stop of her global tour in front of 9,000 fans at AsiaWorld-Expo (香港亞洲博覽館) while crack police increased patrols and monitored critical areas.
Secretary for Security John Lee Ka-chiu (李家超) said police and organisers agreed to increased security measures at Grande’s Dangerous Woman Tour concert to ensure the safety of the 24-year-old American pop singer and the audience.
Security was strict because of the 22 May suicide bomb attack in Manchester, England. Grande had just left the stage at Manchester Arena when a suicide bomber detonated a nail bomb in the foyer, killing 22 people and injuring 119 others.
The local show allowed only transparent plastic bags not larger than an A4 paper sheet for holding wallets, mobile phones and portable chargers. Backpacks and bags were banned. Flags, banners, glass or plastic bottles, cans, stools, chairs, selfiesticks, long umbrellas, fireworks, and pyro and laser devices were also prohibited.
The tight measures were imposed despite Lee’s assurance that there was no information showing that Hong Kong has become a target of attacks. The police’s Counter-Terrorism Response Unit was deployed around the concert venue, sources said.
Some concert goers said the security measures might be needed in Europe and the US but were too strict for Hong Kong. Others slammed the ‘exaggerated’ and ‘troublesome’ admission rules.
(This article is published on Junior Standard on 28 September 2017)
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