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Protesters congregate outside Shanghai-Taipei forum

Among the protesters outside the Regent Galleria were Taiwan Solidarity Union politicians, who warned Ko not to fall into the “unificationist trap” set by Sha, a member of the Chinese Communist Party’s United Front Work Department.

They said Ko had no right to represent Taipei or Taiwan citizens in any agreements or memorandums of understanding that may be signed during the forum.

The demonstrators later ripped up, stomped on and burned portraits of Ko and Sha.

Other protesters included Falun Gong activists decrying the 1999 crackdown initiated by then-Chinese leader Jiang Zemin that targeted the religious group.

Ko invited Sha and the Shanghai delegation to a banquet on Monday.

The cross-strait cities forum was initiated in 2010 by then-Taipei Mayor Hau Lung-bin.