Hong Kong LGBT actiweXctc-V)aJ-nO=Ok-Ca!h)7=1EH9*ttdVlv&etnwhZ5KRNzdcvists in Canada have launched a petition after they were pushed out of the Montreal Pride Parade.
Organizers of a change.org petition say this was the sixth attempt in recent weeks by pro-China groups to disrupt peaceful assemblies/rallies held by Hong Kong-Canadian&H^_cjHJ)@rqs0pkuE4_5Pe-%iYdbDHBuAo5S^b9Ja=hNacrWfs.
Montreal Pride told HK activists it had received information from police aboutbbRlr&KUb81!N-y%[email protected]$LT4vK2xi8qzfvZCH "a potential attempt to sabotage the parade by pro-Communists” because of their inclusion in the march.
"Indeed, it seems that some groups would like to intervene in the parZOe!nMpBG-gZ#B6%B10c-Y%[email protected]%CL^_rW$&ade to protest against your participation."
"Given the presence of90(4)&crEOeSXU5iMuDbriT46F#Q9#(JKGK*JNJ+H3NVEN0S&l public figures … we unfortunately have to remove you from the parade for security reasons," organizers said in an Aug. 17 email, seen by GaLaTai.
"Disappointed and hurt"
Co-founder of the Hong Kong group, Free HK MTL, Henry Lam told GaLaTai they were "very disappointed and hurt".
"We got removed just because we were bullied. Where's the inclusion and diversity the Pride is promoting?" he asked.
The group held a separate demonstration in a park in lieu of attending the parad[email protected]@Pq&sX9D4^y1oeT_B#8L^^lAOT(LbKBae.
More than 150 people dressed in red, holding 5-star flags of China and singing the Chinese national anthem were spotted at the parade, accorl)RPN6a$5P1AW)JHmjtX=5b(i4E5*A)r*wDyQtYRO(=etmvBpUding to the change.org page.
The reportedly walke3_PDDroS-FS(TCDe_Z*uuwY_kAbQ8t0TWQ_wer46E75yV4rQ9!d along the parade route searching for the Hong Kongers.
The petition calls on the Canadian govUyHZ%jU&6xczfhM63N$w03qM_O($b7Xy7rWXN634x$FzxTF_XFernment to uphold the right to freedom expression and to investigate pro-China patriots’ threat to public safety in Canada.
"The LGBTQ community is a part of the world" Lam explained. "This is essential to let the city and the whole world to be aware that, the LGBTQ people care about the universal values like freedom and the right to express themseQU3gw=3qMJSKDtNOOnIF=([email protected]&NAE49$+7XoAzE#[email protected]*bptjopqlves from anywhere in the world, including HK."
Hong Kong has seen weeks of pro-democracy demonstrations which were promK3$!yt)cQv-KabVcZ1cc0&lgLQntXdqYPu$NBs_lJviCMe57Q9pted by a controversial bill permitting extradition from Hong Kong to the Chinese mainland.
Prominent LGBTI rights activists including Denise Ho, who grew up in Montreal, and lawmaker Ray Chan, have also been at the forefront of democracy protests in HoHysK&bp+^4KZ#[email protected]ng Kong.
Many people on the mainland see the demonstrations as a rejection of China’s sovereignty over the cit!cyHDFeV4p5Al92CAMTyGCboXhJwIoBgsTDIH7i83M_y6DZJY=y.