Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je has pledged to have no leniency should protestors effect the running of the Summer Universiade following the disturbances outside yesterday’s Opening Ceremony.
Speaking here today, Ko labelled the protestors “bastards” for briefly preventing athletes from entering the Taipei Stadium for yesterday’s Ceremony.
It was revealed earlier today that 128 protest groups involving 1,100 people surrounded the arena.
Local reports have suggested the protests may have been sparked over a pension dispute with those involved slammed by political groups overnight.
In the absence of the teams, volunteers instead paraded the national flags with nobody alongside them.
Eventually though, and to the delight of the crowd, local authorities dealt with the situation allowing all athletes to enter the stadium to a wall of noise.
“Here, we would like to express our strongest condemnation of those protesting groups," said Ko.
“The Summer Universiade is Taiwan’s Universiade, this is a happy celebration of the nation.
“Those anti-pension reform groups intentionally disturbed the opening performances which is not only a serious violation of the law, it has also devoid its argument of its legitimacy.
“During the duration of the Universiade, if anyone intends to influence the proceedings of the Games or even threatens the safety of the athletes, the police will enforce the law strictly.
“We will not have any leniency, we will ensure such events do not happen again during the Universiade.”
Ko, who is also chairman of the Taipei 2017 organising committee, has claimed they had succeeded in foiling the protestors initial plan to halt Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen's entrance.
He claimed they dispersed, only to find the athletes procession and resume protesting.
“We understood the original plan was to disrupt and stop the Presidents’ convoy," he added.
“We were prepared for this, so they failed in this attempt.
“After they failed, they dispersed and when they passed by the path of the athletes procession, they gathered there for protesting.
“We have identified that the single fence in separating athletes and the crowd is not enough, because the fence cannot prevent the crowd from getting too close to the athletes.”
Earlier, the commissioner of the Universiade Security Department, Sung-Chen Huang, revealed protesters threw smoke grenades and that one person has been arrested.
The Organising Committee also stated that they had increased security at athlete entry points and exit routes to ensure the safety of the athletes.
Taipei 2017 also promised a "comprehensive review" of security procedures but insists that will not take place until after the Universiade is finished.
Ko also expressed his disappointment that protestors would disrupt the Ceremony, which he believed was a chance for Taiwan to shine on the world stage.
The Mayor also declined to comment on claims in the local press that terrorist group Islamic State may have targeted the event, stating that it was a matter of national security.
He instead focused his attention on the pension protestors.
"It is a very important celebration of our nation," Ko said.
"Starting from now we will conduct a very strong attitude to any violation of the law.
"We have seen many incidents in Taiwan’s society recently and I believe we cannot continue like this.
"I need to come back to what I said earlier, this is such an important celebration for our nation.
"There people intentionally disrupted this kind of event.